I am so excited for our meeting this Monday the 29th at 7.30pm on the zoom women’s Bible study!
This year we’ve been looking at the story of God’s sovereignty in Genesis and how he is the faithful, covenant-keeping God. Last month Sharon brought us to Jacob, and his massive struggle with God. She told us that only way to win with God is to lose, and to give ourselves completely to him.
The cast of characters that we are going to look on Monday are seemingly determined to lose, but not in terms of giving their lives to God, just in terms of making a horrific mess of things. We have the turmoil of Rachel and Leah’s relationship, the catastrophic response of Jacob’s sons to Dinah’s rape, and Judah and Tamar’s awful night-time encounter. These people try to live life their own way and they fail – spectacularly. But God remains true as we will see, and continues to uphold the loving covenant that he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We’ll see the incredible path God traced through the lives of these real, sinful women (who are more like us than we perhaps want to admit), all the way to Jesus and his wonderful rescue mission, and all the way to us, his redeemed daughters.
Praying for you all as we get ready to meet and learn even more about our faithful, incredible God.
“This week we are looking at some of the most controversial stories in Genesis, concerning three women who all had a part to play in God’s salvation plan – Leah, Dinah and Tamar. To put them in context – Leah was one of Jacob’s wives, Dinah was her daughter, and Tamar was Leah’s son Judah’s daughter-in-law.
This study is going to look at how through some truly awful family incidents, God was at work in the lives of these women. These true stories are not merely a series of events but a connected progression of circumstances through which God reveals his plan for our redemption in Jesus.
We will see that God cares for each and every individual, even those who might have considered themselves of no account, and that each one, despite their faults, had an important role to play in the outworking of the purposes of God.”
For more of this bible study, look on this GRACE PLACE blog sight under the heading of 2020-2021 BIBLE STUDY GENESIS: IN THE BEGINNING, GOD! If you don’t have a bible study buddy, please contact Anne Holmes, or Victoria Kelly.
The 6th Genesis Bible Study: In the Beginning God, is now ready on this website and also to your inbox! Yay!
Below are some thoughts by Tim Keller, from his book, PREACHING. (page 77). They are relevant and helpful in light of what we have been learning from Genesis so far. These came across my desk by Eddie in some of his preparations. May you be blessed today!
“Jesus is the true and better Adam, who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1 Corinthians 15).”
“Jesus is the true and better Abel, who, though innocently slain, his blood that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation (Hebrews 12:24).”
“Jesus is the true and better Abraham, who answered the call of God to leave the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void ‘not knowing wither he went’ to create a new people of God.”
“Jesus is the true and better Isaac, who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us all. God said to Abraham, ‘Now I know you love me, because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from me.’ Now we can say to God, ‘Now we know that you love us, because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from us.’”
“Jesus is the true and far better Jacob, who wrestled with God and took the blow of justice we deserved so that we, like Jacob, receive only the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.”