Old Testament Walkthru - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob

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  • Combination of both..you need to know when to cling and when to let go. ..eg in case of blessing, Jacob should have let go…

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  • 1. A walk thru’ the Old Testament (OT).. Lesson 7: Abraham – Soaring Faith GOD’S TOUCHPOINTS Old Testament Summary The Patriarchal Ages The Judges The Reign of Royalty The Prophetic Era
  • 2. OT WALKTHRU- THE PATRIARCHAL AGES 1. OT Summary 2. Adam – A Fallen Faith 3. From Fall to Flood 4. Noah – Surviving Faith 5. The World in Confusion – Babel 6. Job – Faith under Fire 7. Abraham – Soaring Faith 8. Isaac – Winging Faith 9. Jacob – Clinging Faith 10. Joseph – Unwavering Faith 11. God’s Direct Interventions in Genesis 12. God’s Special Interventions in Genesis 13. Moses – Humbled Faith 14. Israel – Leanness of Soul 15. God’s Commandments
  • 3. THE PATRIARCHS OF ISRAEL  Abraham - Soaring Faith  Isaac - Winging Faith  Jacob - Clinging Faith  Joseph – Unwavering Faith
  • 4. ABRAHAM – SOARING FAITH OBJECTIVES To:  Appreciate the consistently growing faith of Abraham  Differentiate between Abraham and Lot’s approach to the same journey  Believe God fulfils His promises
  • 5. ABRAHAM – SOARING FAITH PRESENTATION OVERVIEW  Background of Abraham  Abraham’s Journey  Abraham’s Faith Chart – Soaring Faith  Lot’s Faith Chart – Staggering Faith  Abraham vs. Lot – A Common Start, An Opposite Finish  God Fulfils His Promises  Discussion Note: Reference Material is available in the notes section of this presentation
  • 6. BACKGROUND OF ABRAHAM  Called from Ur of the Chaldees (probably in his sixties).  Went to Haran with his father. Blessed by God.  Answered God’s call on his father’s death at age 75.  Continues to experience God’s providence.  Gives birth to Ishmael in his mid 80s  Finally gives birth to Isaac around the age of 100.  Asked by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac as a test of faith. Gen 12-23
  • 7. ABRAHAM’S JOURNEY
  • 8. VIDEO CLIP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxPzj_nBol I
  • 9. ABRAHAM’S FAITH CHART 1. God calls Abraham 2. Abraham takes his time to respond 3. Abraham moves but in a different direction - towards Haran 4. God confirms his call to Abraham 5. God confirms Abrahams call 6. Abraham and Pharoah 7. Abraham and Lot 8. God confirms Abraham’s descendants Abraham believes 9. Sarah asks Abraham to have son via Hagar 10. God confirms Abraham’s descendants 11. 3 angels confirm Abraham’s descendents 12. Sodom and Gomorrah 13. Abraham and Abimelech 14. Isaac is born 15. Abraham sacrifices Isaac 16. Abraham gets a bride for Isaac While our faith may be erratic, God’s faithfulness is always constant/consistent -2 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Abrahams Faith God's FaithFulness God's Faithfulness vs. Abraham's faith (not to scale)
  • 10. LOT – STAGGERING FAITH 1. Lot goes with Abraham 2. Lot claims Sodom and Gomorrah 3. Lot saves angel of God from inmates 4. Lot’s daughters commit incest – Moabites and Ammonites are born 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 Lot's Faith God's FaithFulness God's Faithfulness vs. Lot's Faith (not to scale)
  • 11. DISCUSSION  What do we learn about God?  What do we learn about faith?
  • 12. ABRAHAM AND LOT – A COMMON START, AN OPPOSITE FINISH! Abraham Lot Environment Both started out on the same journey Lot could have been a part of Abraham’s great heritage but chose a different path Motive Abraham looked for a city without foundations whose builder and maker was God Lot chose the lush, prosperous plains of Sodom and Gomorrah also rich in sin Leadership Abraham exposes to the family to his faith and maintains the heritage of God by not intermarrying, thus building their faith. Lot exposes his family to sin and drunkenness destroying them in the process. Growth Abraham quickly corrects his errors and grows Lot repeats his errors and falls Legacy Abraham’s descendents maintain his faith (for a few generations at least). Lot’s descendents (Moabites and Ammonites) have a tarnished image and quickly turn away from God.
  • 13. GOD FULFILS HIS PROMISES  God took 36 years to fulfil his promise. During which time, he:  Led Abraham to the promised land  Built Abraham’s faith  Enlarged Abraham’s territories  Strengthened his equation with neighbours  Prepared Abraham to father the nation of God  Are we ready to wait for the fulfilment of God’s promises? While we are waiting God is working
  • 14. ACTIVITY (FOR YOUTH)  If small group, ask them to surrender their phone at beginning of lesson  As for two volunteers. Blindfold one and ask the other to lead the first on a walk  When walk is done ask feelings of both  Both volunteers share experience  Others talk about how they felt when they surrendered phones  Talk about surrender to God….  Summarize with importance of surrendering to Lordship of Christ  Return phones
  • 15. APPENDIX – LESSON PLAN  Slides 1-7: 13 mins  Slide 8 - video clip: 2 mins  Slides 9-13: 10 mins  Slide 14 – Activity (for youth): 20 mins Note: Additional 15 mins for discussion (for adult group)
  • 16. A walk thru’ the Old Testament (OT).. Lesson 8: Isaac – Winging Faith GOD’S TOUCHPOINTS Old Testament Summary The Patriarchal Ages The Judges The Reign of Royalty The Prophetic Era
  • 17. OT WALKTHRU- THE PATRIARCHAL AGES 1. OT Summary 2. Adam – A Fallen Faith 3. From Fall to Flood 4. Noah – Surviving Faith 5. The World in Confusion – Babel 6. Job – Faith under Fire 7. Abraham – Soaring Faith 8. Isaac – Winging Faith 9. Jacob – Clinging Faith 10. Joseph – Unwavering Faith 11. God’s Direct Interventions in Genesis 12. God’s Special Interventions in Genesis 13. Moses – Humbled Faith 14. Israel – Leanness of Soul 15. God’s Commandments
  • 18. THE PATRIARCHS OF ISRAEL  Abraham - Soaring Faith  Isaac - Winging Faith  Jacob - Clinging Faith  Joseph – Unwavering Faith
  • 19. ISAAC – WINGING FAITH OBJECTIVES To:  Realize the value of what God has entrusted to us and be good stewards  Receive/ propogate the legacy he has given us
  • 20. ISAAC – WINGING FAITH PRESENTATION OVERVIEW Isaac was “winging it” on the faith of his father..we do not see any additional spectacular demonstrations in his faith.  Born by (his father’s) faith  Blessed by (his father’s) faith  Bonded by (his servant’s) faith  Blunders overruled by (God’s) grace  Discussion – Stewards of God’s Grace
  • 21. BORN BY (HIS FATHER’S) FAITH Gained life by faith After decades, the faith child was born. Regained life through fire God gave him life, God has the right to take away. Isaac trusted his father completely and obeyed even through threat of death. When we receive, to what level are we prepared to obey and give? We are only stewards and not owners of God’s blessings.
  • 22. BLESSED BY (HIS FATHER’S) FAITH Inherited his father’s blessings “Abraham was now an old man. God had blessed Abraham in every way” Gen 24 v 1 MSG. Isaac was the sole inheritor of those blessings. “But Abraham gave everything he possessed to Isaac…he gave gifts to the sons he had by concubines…but then sent them away…putting a good distance between them and his son Isaac” Gen 25. Imbibed the fruits of father’s faith  God blesses Isaac. Gen 26 and confirms the promise to Abraham. “I’ll bless you and make your children flourish because of my servant Abraham”.  Isaac also makes the same mistakes of his father. eg. telling Abimelech his wife is his sister…(Gen 26:7-10)  He has his father’s generosity – instance of well disputes. God prospers him. (Gen 26:17- 32)  He prays for a son when his wife is barren (Gen 25:21)  He also has a spirit of gratitude and builds an altar when God blesses him. (Gen 26:25)  He has peaceful relations with neighbours (Gen 26:28-30) The rewards of godliness (and sin) extend beyond an individual to his family to generations.
  • 23. VIDEO CLIP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLSXLW3c YvE
  • 24. OVERRULED BY GOD’S GRACE  Double blindness  Isaac is physically blind – cannot see his sons  He is spiritually blind in the context of blessing. Though God tells Rebekah that Jacob will rule Esau (Gen 25:23), he plans to give the prime blessing to Esau based on physical appetite.  Double reversal of his children’s blessings  The blessing meant for Jacob was being planned for Esau.  The blessing he thinks he is giving Esau is given to Jacob Rebekah helps Jacob outsmart Esau’s validation strategy God’s choice for the blessing was Jacob, so the reversal was actually God’s plan Did Isaac have the right to decide who the blessing went to? We are only stewards of God’s gifts.
  • 25. BONDED BY (HIS SERVANT’S) FAITH Won his bride Abraham’s servant prays for God’s leading to find a bride for Isaac, a task entrusted by Abraham. Isaac wins a beautiful bride of God’s choice. He is comforted in his mother’s death. Acquired Children by Faith Like his mother, his wife is barren. He prays and gets children by faith. God takes away and God gives …
  • 26. STEWARDS OF GOD’S WORD “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” 1 Cor 4:1,2
  • 27. ACTIVITY (FOR YOUTH)  Put papers / post- it’s with people’s names on wall  As team to write under names giftings they see (in others)  Sit in circle – ask each person how they use these giftings  Pray for each others giftings that they will use their gifts for the purpose created.
  • 28. STEWARDS OF GOD’S GIFTS - DISCUSSION  In what instances was Isaac a good steward?  In what instances was Isaac a poor steward?  What were the reasons for poor stewardship?  Fear (with Abimelech)  Flesh (with blessing)  Others?  What challenges do we face with respect to stewardship and how do we overcome them?
  • 29. APPENDIX – LESSON PLAN  Slide 16-22: 15 mins  Slide 23 video clip: 2 mins  Slide 24-26: 8 mins  27 – activity (for youth): 20 mins  28 – discussion (optional): 15 mins
  • 30. A walk thru’ the Old Testament (OT).. Lesson 9: Jacob – Clinging Faith GOD’S TOUCHPOINTS Old Testament Summary The Patriarchal Ages The Judges The Reign of Royalty The Prophetic Era
  • 31. OT WALKTHRU- THE PATRIARCHAL AGES 1. OT Summary 2. Adam – A Fallen Faith 3. From Fall to Flood 4. Noah – Surviving Faith 5. The World in Confusion – Babel 6. Job – Faith under Fire 7. Abraham – Soaring Faith 8. Isaac – Winging Faith 9. Jacob – Clinging Faith 10. Joseph – Unwavering Faith 11. God’s Direct Interventions in Genesis 12. God’s Special Interventions in Genesis 13. Moses – Humbled Faith 14. Israel – Leanness of Soul 15. God’s Commandments
  • 32. THE PATRIARCHS OF ISRAEL  Abraham - Soaring faith  Isaac - Winging faith  Jacob - Clinging faith  Joseph – Unwavering faith
  • 33. JACOB – CLINGING FAITH OBJECTIVES To  Understand Jacob’s strong fundamentals  Be clear on our purpose and direction
  • 34. PRESENTATION OVERVIEW  Jacob’s story - snapshot  Jacob’s fundamentals  What to fight for  When to make peace  Who to cling to  Where he belonged  How to maintain his legacy  Why he was working  Discussion  Reflection Note: Reference Material is available in the notes section of this presentation
  • 35. JACOB’S STORY Fighter Spirit  Fights in the womb  Fights for birthright  Fights for blessing (of Father) Flees  Works for Rachel  Works for Rachel again  Works for possessions Returns and reconciles  Fights with God  Fights for blessing (of God)  Fathers the tribes of Israel Settles in Egypt
  • 36. KNEW WHEN TO MAKE PEACE  With Esau (Gen 33)  With Laban (31:55)
  • 37. JACOB’S FUNDAMENTALS Jacob knew:  What to fight for  When to make peace  Who to cling to  Where he belonged  How to maintain his legacy  Why he was working
  • 38. KNEW WHAT TO FIGHT FOR  Fights for birthright (25:31,32)  Fights for blessing (of Father) (27)  Fights for blessing (of God) (32:26) Note: Jacob crosses the line and twists his father’s arm in the aspect of his blessing. What are the consequences of Jacob cheating Esau of blessing? What are the consequences of Esau despising his birthright?
  • 39. KNEW WHO TO CLING TO  Read Gen 32:22-32  Clung to God  Sought his name  Sought his blessing https://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=3xwLvq44Gsk  Why did God fight with Jacob and injure him?  Why does He fight with us?
  • 40. KNEW WHERE HE BELONGED He flees from Canaan but returns to the land of his legacy ‘3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.’ (Gen 31) He leaves for Egypt but insists that his bones are buried in the promised land 29 Then he gave them these instructions: “I am about to be gathered to my people.Bury me with my fathers (Gen 49)
  • 41. KNEW HOW TO MAINTAIN THE LEGACY  Joseph maintains his faith in Egypt  Aligned to God even in his old age (48:13) Note: Jacob falls into the pit of favoritism. What are the consequences?
  • 42. KNEW WHY HE WAS WORKING  For the woman he loved  In line with his mother’s desire to marry within the community (Gen 28:6,7) His purpose drove him and made his long years appear short (Gen 29:20)
  • 43. DISCUSSION Contrast the following example of trust with Jacob’s: http://bibletransforms.com/2013/05/the- essence-of-trust/. What do you believe is the ideal trust model – clinging to God or “letting go and letting God”? What are the pro’s and cons of each model? How do we strike a balance?
  • 44. REFLECTION  What do we fight for?  When do we make peace?  Who do we cling to?  Where do we belong?  How do we maintain legacy?  Why do we work?
  • 45. ACTIVITY (FOR YOUTH)  Divide into two groups  Ask one group to perform a mime in today’s scenario of a person who accepts Christ but gets lured by other attractions of the world.  Ask the second group to mime a life with Christ rejecting other attractions of world and surrendering to Christ (Note for leader: As aids provide blank placards and pens for groups to write words and use as flashcards) Reiterate importance of giving in to Lordship of Christ
  • 46. APPENDIX – LESSON PLAN  Slides 30-38: 10 mins  Slide 39: Video clip and bible study: 10 mins  Slides 40-44: 5 mins  Slide 45 - Activity (for youth): 20 mins Note: For Adult group, additional time can be spent for the bible study in slide 39