The Word: Covenants
Sunday, December 4th
REVIEW. “What did you take away from last time?” [Refer to last week’s responses.] “How did that go?”
Summary: Covenants are one of the primary ways God relates to humanity. Before the fall in Genesis 3, God made a covenant to bless humanity. Blessing is described as the result of humanity trusting God and therefore bearing His image. Humanity is "blessed" when God is able to share His ability to create new life through us and exercise His dominion through us. In contrast, a curse is described as the outcome of humanity seizing blessing for itself autonomously. Even after the fall, God remains faithful to this covenant knowing full well that justice will need to be paid to uphold justice and reverse the curse. We see in God's covenant to Abraham that salvation will come though Abraham's family, and the story of the (almost) sacrifice of Issac articulates how God does want to pay with his own blood, but He also desires our absolute trust and love because it's what ultimately saves us. God also demonstrates how he longs to dwell with his people through the Mosaic covenant that created a way (pre-Jesus) for God to dwell with his people through their obedience to the law. Today, this covenant is extended to us not through the blood of animals, but through Christ's blood. The medium has changed, but the question to us is the same as it was for our old testament characters: Will we trust God's sacrifice and respond to his covenant faithfulness with our own love and loyalty?
READ. Key Passage: Genesis 22
Truth: Why do you think God put Abraham in such a tight spot?
Repentance: What can you relate to in this story? Is there a promise you feel God's given you that he's asking for back? Why would he put you in a tight spot? (Read Hebrews 11:17-19 if you get stuck)
Faith: What will the "resurrection life" that God has made a covenant to provide us cost you? Is the cost worth it?
RESPOND. Ask God, how can today’s discussion further your relationship with God, one another, and the world? Pray together. [Record responses and prayer requests.]
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