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Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 10

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Well what a journey!   We have reached the end of our Beth Moore online Bible study of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  We have grown a deeper love for scripture as we dug into our study each week.

This final week brings us to, “Epic Endings to the Beginning,” where we witness the final leg of Jacob’s life.   We have studied four generations, and seen their struggles along the way.

Just like when I read a book, I was anticipating the ending.  Would it be a cliffhanger, would it be a good ending or a bad ending?  Our lesson shows us that God is the master as setting the scene and wrapping it all up in the end.

We see the dramatic reunion of Jacob and his son, Joseph, whom he had mourned the death of some years before.  I can imagine what an emotional time it was for them both.  But what I love about this study is that in the end we see the God has turned what some saw as a tragedy into a blessing for all.  Joseph was not dealt a great hand in the beginning, betrayed by his brothers, only to be used by God to bless his family in the end.  Don’t you love how God make all things work out for us, even when we don’t see Him working on our behalf?  And the best part, He never leaves us!

Throughout these ten whirlwind weeks of study, we have experienced many emotions as we shared together in our groups.  But one emotion that I remember and felt the strongest was thirst. I thirsted for more of the word with each week and day of lessons.  This story of God walking with generations of a family fascinated me and gave me hope that He can and will do the same thing for my family, for you and your family.  The blessings from God are never ending and He will always be with us.

My Sisters, I leave you with this final thought, I was recently at a conference for ministry leaders, and the worship team for night one sang a song and the chorus really resonated with me: “You’re the overflow, the sustainer of my soul, pouring out of me. Living water for the weary, bless me so I might be a blessing, heal me so I might bring healing.  Cover me, so that I might be a covering for You.”  I remember being in tears praising God as I was singing.  Beth Moore asks us to make a pact to be intentional about blessing others and seeking God thru His word all the way to our last conscious breath. (page 237)

Will you make that pact with her, with us, with God?

Thank you for sharing with us during this study! We invite you to register for our Summer Study, “Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity” which begins the week of Monday, June 19th

May God continue to bless you and I look forward to once again, Study.Connect. Grow. with you in two weeks!

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 9

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Our Patriarchs online Bible study continues with Week 9 from Beth Moore, A Fragile Band of Brothers.  We are in the homestretch of the study! Push to finish strong! After finishing these last nine weeks of Bible study you’ve developed habits of devotion, explored Bible topics, and discovered personal applications. Well done ladies, well done!

Recently I travelled to Dallas, Texas for work.  I had decided that I would carry on so I didn’t have to check my bag.  This would make travelling a little easier and timely, right?  Wrong.  When I got to the gate, I was kindly told that my bag was over the weight limit and would need to be checked. My bag being over the limit led to additional expenses and time that I was hoping to avoid.  Reminds me of our lesson this week.

Baggage…Emotional Baggage, Financial Baggage, Addiction Baggage, whatever baggage we carry from our past will always weigh us down and hinder our growth until we, as our author suggests, exchange it with God’s provision, and restoration.

While we see Joseph prosper and his character is grown thru his past pain, we still see that his old wounds are still there.  Perhaps, you, like me have really tried to mask the truth that things that happened in the past still at times sting hard.  When we live in denial of these feelings, we never fully escape our past hurts and heal.

I can only imagine the flood of emotions that Joseph must have felt seeing his brothers after the pain they caused.  But what really hit me this week, was that even though he had suffered so much, God provided him with new blessings and a way to bless and provide for his family in the end.   God had a plan and used the evil, the hurt for His glory and for blessings to come forth.

I pray that you will continue to seek God during times of sufferings and trust that He is working on your behalf, even when you do not see Him moving.

Meet us during this week for one of our small group discussions.  Continue to connect with your Prayer Partners and leaders this week to share.

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One more week to go ladies!

 

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 8

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Our womens online Bible study is meeting again this week as we continue the Beth Moore Patriarchs study. We’re in the final weeks of study as we learn about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the Book of Genesis. We’ve journeyed through some sensitive issues and navigated the pages of Scripture as a community of women devoted to discovering God’s Word. Let’s finish these final weeks without distraction!

Our study this week is rightly called “Dreams and Disappointments” as we looked into the challenges Joseph encountered. Repeatedly we saw the Lord was with Joseph and we parallel that with our lives today. We are Christ followers but that does not mean that our lives are without difficulty. The Lord is with those who believe and follow Jesus but that does not mean that we are inoculated from troubles. Sometimes we feel invisible and forgotten, just as the cupbearer forgot Joseph. Disappointment is a temptation for resentment.

While she uses the example of sexual temptation, we battle numerous temptations during our lives as Christians. Beth Moore warns us, “If you and I are going to be victorious under tidal wave temptation, we are wise to rehearse in advance our reasons for standing firm.” The measuring stick in the face of difficulty is our obedience to the Lord.

  • Like me you’ve probably seen moms on Facebook hurting from the recent death of children or friends. Are you obedient to loving Jesus, even when it hurts?
  • Like me you’ve probably seen moms on Facebook caring for seriously ill children. Are you seeing Jesus in their suffering, or looking for an excuse to abandon the faith?

When we look at Joseph as our example of faith we see strength in suffering, hope in pain, perseverance when tempted. This is why we study the Bible- to understand God and learn how to live as Christians in our life battles.

An example is when we’re falsely accused- which is exactly what happened to Joseph from his master’s wife. She suffered with a spirit of lust and a spirit of rejection, so when the handsome and honorable man declined her sexual advances she punished him through her lies. As women we are falsely accused by other women under a spirit of jealousy or a spirit of competitiveness and that divides the church. Shouldn’t we rise up as one body and MAGNIFY God? Joseph certainly did this each time he was wrongly accused. He gave attention to God, not the accusers.

You are not forgotten when you are obedient to God. Keep your attention on the one who created you, knows your heart, and sees the love that you have for Him. Keep your attention on the Author of your faith- not the accuser who lies. At the appointed time the Lord will fill your cup. My prayer for you is that it will someday overflow with blessing after blessing.

We hope to see you in small groups again this week! Reach out to your prayer partners and your small group leaders if you need a little encouragement to complete these last two weeks.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Nine
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Nine

“You and I are the cupbearers of Christ offering those around us a taste of God.” Beth Moore

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 7

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Welcome back to the Women’s Bible Café online bible study! This week we continued our study of Beth Moore’s The Patriarchs by looking at Jacob’s return home in our lesson titled God of the House.

Our study begins in Genesis chapter 33 where we see Jacob preparing to meet Esau and make peace him.

Many years before Jacob had, with his mother’s help, stolen Esau’s blessing and birthright. Esau was the oldest son of Isaac and Rebekah and as such was due to inherit a double portion of the estate.

Esau was so distraught at his loss that he plotted to kill Jacob which forced Jacob to flee for his life.

Although Jacob received the heir’s portion of the estate, he had done so with deceit and trickery. When we gain things through dishonesty, they often do not rest well with us. This was a wound that needed  to be dealt with eventually.

In Genesis chapter 33, it had been twenty years since Jacob had left home. It was time for Jacob to return home and deal with his past mistakes, however, His time with Laban had changed him in many ways:

  • Jacob had learned to work hard. He worked for seven years for both of his wives.
  • Jacob had received with his own dose of deceit and setbacks at the hand of Laban.
  • Jacob was now a husband and father with a large family that he provided well for.
  • Jacob had encountered God, served Him and this fundamentally changed him.

Jacob returned to the land of Canaan in fear of Esau’s reaction to him and rushed to make amends.

However, because Jacob had been faithful to God, God was with him. Jacob met an Esau who was no longer angry and seeking revenge, but instead this Esau was weeping and welcoming!

One of this week’s greatest takeaways was what happened when Jacob’s family got rid of their idols, purified themselves and returned to God. God was with them!

When the people fully returned to God and committed themselves to Him, He was with them and gave them favor.

This is the basis of a spiritual revival today! When we lay aside our idols and recommit to serve God alone and obey His commands, His presence is with us and we are blessed.

I pray that we all commit wholeheartedly to God and he becomes the God of our house, or El Bethel.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Eight
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Eight

In Christ- Carla Brooks

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 6

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Welcome back to our study on The Patriarchs. We’re facilitating week six of this popular Beth Moore study. Jacob is embarking on some transformational life changes that God has put in place to humble, prepare, and teach him about serving his family and submission. Our study resumes at Genesis chapter 29 when Jacob first come upon herdsmen, at a well, who are from Haran and know his Uncle Laban.  While speaking with them, Rachel, Laban’s youngest daughter, comes with her sheep as they needed to be water.  Jacob, in his excitement and joy, kisses her and begins helping her with her sheep.

He is literally and figuratively walking into a new season of life.  But, it won’t be an easy street experience.  However, he doesn’t realize that yet. His uncle will deceive him into marrying his older daughter Leah and then Rachel in exchange for over fourteen years of laboring to grow Laban’s wealth.

On pages 134-135, Beth gives us several insights and explanations for Laban’s behavior (paraphrased):

  • Jacob came to him empty-handed. There was no dowry or wealth offered to Laban for his daughters. Remember, Isaac’s servant came with gifts for Rebekah, Laban’s sister.
  • Laban exercised shrewdness and deceit. This may have been God’s way of repaying Jacob for how he treated Esau in stealing his blessing as the oldest son.
  • By hiring Jacob and paying him, Laban is not exalting him nor treating him like family. He treats Jacob like a servant.

As they years are passing by, we see Leah struggle with gaining Jacob’s love.  Beth states that “you can hear Leah’s heart as she journeyed through a host of painful emotions in the explanations she gave for her son’ names.” (p.139).  Jacob devises a plan to grow his own personal herds and to leave Laban’s employment.   The week’s lesson ends with their departure, which came with a pursuit, lies, and  finally a covenant.  There are so many nuggets of truth in this week’s lessons.  I hope you enjoyed them.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Seven
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Seven

In Him- Lakecia Harris

 

Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 5

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Welcome back to womens online Bible study as we continue digging into “Patriarchs” by Beth Moore. Week five of our study begins with the birth of Isaac and Rebekah’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau.  As their story unfolds in Genesis 25:19-28:9, we see a dynamic display of sibling rivalry that had the eldest brother, Essau, being tricked out of his birthright from his younger brother Jacob.  With any major conflict, it didn’t happen overnight.

In verse 27 we learned that Essau was a talented outdoorsman and Jacob was content to stay close to home.   While home, he had lots of opportunity to connect more with his mother while Isaac connected with his father Issac as Isaac loved eating the meats that Esau brought back from his hunting trips.  Gen 25:28 (NIV) reads Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

How did their relationship go from good to bad:

  • Their parents chose a son to favor: Whether by intention, close relationship, or shared interests, Rebekah and Isaac failed to foster unity among the brothers.
  • Jacob was able to influence Esau, to give up his birthright when he was physically too weakened by the lack of food to make a rational decision. (25:29-34)
  • Rebekah helped Jacob trick Isaac into believing he was Esau in order to receive Esau’s blessing as the eldest son (27:11-17)

As we ended this week’s study, a family is dealing with the consequences of deceit and deception, which led toward the devastating consequence of one son, Jacob, needing to leave home due to his brother’s threat of killing him. All four of them suffered from Jacob’s acts of deception.

What can we learn from their story? Despite our best human efforts, God’s plan for our lives is sovereign.  We can’t stop his blessings.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Six
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Six

In Him- Lakecia Harris