Judah: Rightful Heir or Best Among a Dysfunctional Family??

The headline for this week could be said as:  “Our last week in the Book of Genesis!!”…..which is certainly true.  (Spoiler alert…next week we’ll tackle Exodus.)

This week’s focus is on Abraham’s descendant, Judah.  The family tree gets a little fractured, to say the least, and I’ll try to “white board” it all out as a fun exercise at this Friday’s fellowship.

But the real focus this week is not just on God’s path in fulfilling His promises….but also on a family’s cast of characters.  Remember the phrase: “You can’t make this stuff up?”  You might find yourself asking that question as we dig into several generations of Abraham’s, Isaac’s, and Jacob’s offspring.

Homework this week is to read Chapter 6 of our book, and the corresponding section in the Study Guide.

You might also consider glancing over the passage on Judah in Wikipedia……It may help you come better prepared for this twisted family tree!

We’ll gather this week at The Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am.  Mike will lead this week’s lesson on Genesis, chapter 49, verse 10.

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah”  GEN 49:10

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God’s Going for the Long Ball!

Next up in our study….Chapter 5.  Enter Abraham into the mix!  Recall from last week’s chapter, that God had promised to crush the seeds of the Serpent.  But the Serpent had a reciprocal plan to crush the seeds of Woman.  The battle ensued!

But the Serpent seemed to be focused on the immediate “seeds”….while God shored up mankind’s future…..hence, the story of Abraham this week!

Abraham is the longer term focus in God’s plan…..the “long ball”!

Our scripture focus for Chapter 5 is Genesis 12:2-3

“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  GEN 12:2-3

Jason will lead the group this week.  A couple folks are out….summer vacation stuff.

Gather at the Cornwell Center beginning at 7:30 am.  Jason will kick things off at 7:45 am.

Of a related note, Mike will be in Atlanta this Friday to attend FMMF Atlanta/Buckhead….the “mother ship” of our weekly fellowship.  Stay tuned for updates on that visit next Friday.

Peace!

No One Likes a Snake…..and Here’s Why!

Last week, we briefly talked about God’s actions after Adam & Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, something He has specifically told them not to do.  As we’ve learned, this disobedience was not so much about the “apple”, but more about the breaking of God’s covenant of trust and obedience with the couple.

We discussed God’s punishment to Adam and Eve, largely stated in their expulsion from the Garden.  Tough times!

But in case you think we glossed over God’s punishment and retribution on the Serpent, well this is the chapter for you!

God’s sovereignty remains despite a raging battle that continues between the Serpent’s “seeds” and the seeds of the woman.

Our scripture verse this week comes from Genesis:

“He shall bruise your head….” GEN 3:15

Homework this week is to read chapter 4, “Redemption Promised”, of our book then the corresponding section of the study guide.

Join us this week on Friday.  Gather at 7:30 am at the Cornwell Center.  We’ll kick things into gear starting at 7:45 am.

Peace!

A super tree and one baaaaaaaad apple!

Week 3 of our study of The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses.

So far, we’ve seen God’s “goodness”….very good-ness, actually from chapter 1.

Last week, we talked about God’s commission to Adam & Eve to provide dominion over the Garden.

Now this week….all things come to a screeching halt….!

Here’s our verse from Genesis:

“She took of its fruit and ate.”  GEN 3: 6-7

Read chapter 3 this week and the third week of the study guide.  We’ll discuss the how’s, the why’s and the what’s next as Adam & Eve fall from grace in the Garden.

Gather at 7:30 am.  Lesson starts at 7:45 am.

See you this Friday.

Peace!