May. 30, 2021
Faithful, Yet Broken
Primary Text: Genesis 12:1-4 May 29 & 30, 2021
Previous Teaching: Healing the Broken
1) The Eyes of the LORD
Psalm 34:15-19 (NASB): The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
DQ 1) Is your heart broken and your spirit crushed in some way? Why?
DQ 2) In what ways do you need healing from unhealthy brokenness?
This Week’s Teaching:
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?
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."
Genesis 20:1-3: For a while he stayed in Gerar, and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman."
DQ 2) What was broken in Abraham’s relationship with Sarah?
DQ 3) What was broken in Abraham’s relationship with God?
3) Barren Brokenness
Genesis 15:3-5: And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." Then the word of the LORD came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir." He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars--if indeed you can count them."
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 4) How did Abraham and Sarah’s desperation for a child cause them to act according to their will rather than according to God’s perfect will?
DQ 5) 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?
4) Promises Fulfilled
Genesis 17:3-5, 15-16: Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations…. God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."
Genesis 18:10-12: Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."… So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
DQ 6) Does God bless broken people (broken and contrite in heart, as well as broken and hurting people)? Why?
5) God’s Friend
James 2:21-23: Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 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.
Galatians 3:8-9: The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you." So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
DQ 7) How does God gain glory by working through broken people?