"Broken, but Blessed"

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Saturday 6:30PM, Sunday 9:30AM, & Incurrent Service in the Gym Sunday 11:15AM & Wednesday Community Groups 6:30PM

Jun. 06, 2021

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Broken but Blessed

 Primary Text:  Genesis 35:10-12                            June 5 & 6, 2021

 Previous Teaching:  Faithful, Yet Broken

 1)  Covenant Promises

 

Genesis 12:1-4:  The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.   "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."  So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. 

 

DQ 1) What was Abraham’s best characteristic?

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2)   Self-Protective Deception

 

Genesis 12:11-13:  As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are.  When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live.  Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."

 

DQ 2) What was broken in Abraham’s relationship with Sarah

   (and with God)?

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3)  Barren Brokenness

 

Genesis 16:1-2:  Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children.   But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children.  Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."  Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 

 

DQ 3) Are you broken because of unfulfilled dreams in your life?

              Are they God’s plans for you, or are they worldly desires

              that may be outside of His will?

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4)  God’s Friend

 

James 2:23:  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 

 

DQ 4) How does God gain glory by working through broken 

               people?

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This Week’s Teaching:

 

1)  Usurper

 

Genesis 25:23:  The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger." 

 

Genesis 25:27-33:  The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents.  Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob….  Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."  "Look, I am about to die," Esau said.  "What good is the birthright to me?"  But Jacob said, "Swear to me first."  So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 

 

DQ 1) What are possible reasons why Jacob wanted Esau’s 

       birthright?  What possibly explains why Esau “despised”

       his birthright?

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2)  The Deceiver Deceived

 

Genesis 27:18-19:  He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"  Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn." 

 

Genesis 29:22-25:  So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.  But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her….  When morning came, there was Leah!  So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me?  I served you for Rachel, didn't I?  Why have you deceived me?" 

 

DQ 2) Why is it that we sometimes are most indignant with others

      for committing the very sin we have likewise carried out?

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3)  Wrestling with God

 

Genesis 32:24-28:  So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.  When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man….  Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." 

 

DQ 3) What does Jacob’s wrestling with God experience tell us

                about being broken before the Lord?

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4)  Blessed Nonetheless

 

Genesis 35:10-12:  So he named him Israel.  And God said to him, "I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number.  A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.  The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you." 

 

DQ 4) How does God gain glory by working through broken

      people and bestowing blessings upon them?

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