Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Week 13: Genesis 18–19

This week we're continuing to follow Abraham's journey of faith. Specifically, we looked at the visit from the LORD to announce the birth of Isaac to Sarah (Gen. 18), and Lot escape from the destruction of Sodom (Gen. 19). 

  • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in Bible interpretation?

  • Abraham's three visitors; annunciation to Sarah
  • Lot and the destruction of Sodom/Gomorrah
  • The incident with Lot's daughters

At-Home Skills Practice:

  • Step 1: Read through Genesis 11:27–25:18. again this week. If you haven’t already done so, develop a main idea statement for this section of Scripture. Your statement should be in one complete sentence (with a subject and a predicate). If you did that last week, take some time to refine your main idea statement. Bring this with you to class for discussion.
Our in-class discussion next week will focus some of our discussion on Genesis 21–22. This section will mention events from Genesis 20 related to Abimelek. Just skip that section (or you can go back and read chapter 20, too.)
  • Step 2: Write out 15 questions that you have about Genesis 21–22.
  • Step 3: Develop a main idea statement for Genesis 22. Your statement should be in one complete sentence (with a subject and a predicate). It should contain some kind of connection to the fulfillment of the promise that we’ve been discussing in class. Bring this with you to class for discussion.
  • Step 4: What does the story (or stories) of Isaac’s birth remind you of? What about the story of his sacrifice? What do you think the New Testament fulfillment of these stories would be? List specific references (chapter/verses).
  • Step 5: Consider what an appropriate application of the story of the birth of Isaac might be. Consider the three levels of meaning that we’ve discussed in class and give an example of an application for each level. (Look back in your notes to refresh your memory about this concept, if needed.) Remember, applications should be directly tied to the meaning of the author’s meaning of the text.
    • Top level
    • Middle level
    • Bottom level 

Digging Deeper:
  • Choose a chapter of your choice to read in How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. So far, we’ve read chapters 1–5 and 9.