Genesis BSF Lesson 12 Study Questions
- Obeying God means separation from the world. Set apart. Leaving the familiar.
- Abraham lived in a tent for 100 years. Tent is a symbol of temporary. Abraham’s foundation was God.
- God calls us to “come out.” When He calls us, He is already there.
- Count the cost. Don’t follow Him lightly. But what we gain is worth it!
- God takes the initiative, not man. We have the opportunity to respond.
- We all live by faith, but faith in man. Faith that we will have hot water when we turn on the shower. Faith that our car will start. God is the only one who is 100% trustworthy. 100% faithful.
2. Challenge question: “How are you developing the habit of seeking closeness to God?”
- I seem to focus either on Bible study or prayer or worship. Achieving a balance that includes all three is a challenge.
- I never realized Hagar was acquired in Egypt.
- Whenever God gives a command, He gives (and expects us to receive) an inward special strengthening grace. He gives us the desire, the will, and the power to renounce in obedience, as well as to receive His promises in obedience (Philippians 2:13). Yet we must choose to take hold of that provided power to experience its strength. vs. 14 and 15 are also applicable in my case:
Philippians 2:13-15 (Amplified Bible AMP)
13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [a]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure andsatisfaction and [b]delight.
14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [[c]against God] and [d]questioningand doubting [among yourselves],
15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,
- Gen 3:5-13 Abram sought to bring peace between their herdsman by solving the challenge of insufficient fodder. Abram encouraged Lot to make the first choice of land.
- 1 Cor 6:1-8 Abram showed wisdom by likely subjecting himself to be deprived of the best land rather than allow further hostility between their herdsman. If the issue was not dealt with, it is likely Abram and Lot’s relationship would have suffered irreparable damage.
- Eph 4:1-3 Abram demonstrated humility when he made allowances out of love in order to keep harmony between Lot and himself.
- Eph 4:31-5:2 Abram demonstrated God’s love – fruit of the Spirit – rather than ill-will of any kind. He esteemed Lot more highly than himself.
- a. Abram was the elder, the one who received the call from God, and Lot was his follower. So Abram had every “right” to exercise his authority over Lot.
- b. My current “call” is to serve my daughter-in-law, grandchildren, elderly father, and my spouse. It is often a challenge when I try to do so in my own strength. I must seek the guidance of Holy Spirit on a regular basis for wisdom and ideas.
- Lately, the Holy Spirit has been showing me how and when someone took offense at something I did or said, and I have to apologize – even when I believe I did not do or say anything wrong. It was so hard at first. Okay, it’s still hard.
- a. Gen 13:10 Lot’s choice was based on looking for the most advantageous land. He chose the lush, beautiful, and well-watered Jordan Valley.
- b. Today we usually don’t need to choose based on grazing or water for large herds. And we can’t just pick. We have to check the price tag, be it rent or purchase. Many people choose a place to live based on the best view they can afford, availability of entertainment and other activities, proximity to the beach, etc. without regard to the morality of the surrounding culture, without regard to a lengthy commute and its effects on their family, and without consulting God. Others choose based on issues such as safety, proximity to work, or good school systems. Sometimes greed is involved – moving into an immoral culture to take a lucrative job. In our difficult economic times, choosing a place to live proves to be a difficult, complex challenge. Selfish reasons often further complicate the choice or take certain possibly favorable choices off the table.
- c. Gen 13:10, 13 Lot’s choice disregarded it’s proximity to Sodom and Gomorrah and the moral depravity and wickedness of his neighbors.
- Lot didn’t have a personal relationship with God. God doesn’t have grandchildren. Due to Abram’s strong faith and leadership, perhaps Lot coasted and didn’t seek God for himself.
- d. Lot, his family, and his servants were captured and his goods taken by kings who prevailed in battle over the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Gen 14:12) After Abram liberated them, Lot apparently returned to Sodom. Some men of Sodom came and asked Lot for the messengers of God who came to rescue him and his family. He instead offered his virgin daughters to this band of lust-crazed men.
The angels rescued Lot by pulling him inside and causing a supernatural darkness to fall on the men outside. The angels sent Lot to entreat his sons-in-law to leave with him. They mocked Lot. Still Lot delayed. God had mercy on him and his family so that the angels brought them out without their cooperation. Lot’s wife perished because she continued to look longingly at what she had left behind. Lot had not learned his lesson about the cities and pleaded to be allowed to go “a little one.” Ultimately, Lot lost everything but his two daughters.
6. John 14:17 We will be vulnerable to being agitated and disturbed, fearful and intimidated, cowardly and unsettled. (AMP)
- Eph 4:17 Don’t live like unbelievers do in their perverseness of their minds. Folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility of their minds. (adapted from AMP)
- James 4:4 Being a friend of the world is like cheating on your husband (God). We become God’s enemy when we do that.
- 1 John 2:15-17 Lust of the flesh (craving sensual gratification), lust of the eyes (greedy longings of the minds), and the pride of life (assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things) are not from the Father. We can’t put our faith in the things of this world. Only the things we do that are the will of God and when we carry out His purposes – those things will last forever.
7. I think God would say I’m making progress. I’m trying to deny myself and the demands on my time that keep me from doing the things He is calling me to do. In this lesson I’m realizing that I’m depending too much on my own strength. I need His.
- a. Lot seemingly gained prime real estate – “modern” conveniences of civilization, beautiful scenery, natural resources to enhance the growth of his herd, and a place to buy and sell.
- b. Abraham seemingly lost by getting less than prime real estate and a lack of modern conveniences.
- c. Don’t put my treasure in earthly things. Sacrificing our own desires gives evidence of spiritual maturity.
9. God asked Abraham to look north, south, east, and west. God promised all of the land to Abraham and his descendant forever. God’s plan was much bigger than the present time.
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as muchB)’>(B) eternal life.