The Blogger’s Bible Study – Temptation – Genesis 3:1-12

Icebreaker: Have you ever had a bad habit that you just couldn’t break? What is that habit, and if you are free from it, how did you break it?

Read: Gen 3:1-12

1. Scripture doesn’t say that God said not to touch the tree. Either God spoke with Adam alone, and Adam exaggerated what God said in order to keep Eve away, or Eve exaggerated to the serpent.

Question:  Have you ever exaggerated in order to keep someone away from evil? What might be the danger in this?

2. In verse 5, the serpent says that God knew that if Adam and Eve ate the fruit that they would be like God, but we’ve already learned that Adam and Eve were already like God, they were made in His image.  Satan tempted them to believe that God hadn’t done enough for them, that He was withholding something good from them.  He sowed a seed of ingratitude.

In the book 1000 Gifts, Ann Voskamp says, “Our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. We hunger for something more, something other.”

The temptation Satan gave Eve was to believe that God hadn’t given her enough, that God is not good and does not have our best in mind. Isn’t that our temptation today? To believe that God is not good. That He doesn’t care about us or our worries and fears, our problems and temptations?

Question:  In what area have you been tempted to think that God hasn’t done enough, doesn’t care or doesn’t understand?

3. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

How did Jesus resist temptation?
Luke 4:1-12

Jesus was tempted in his body, mind and spirit.
a) Body – food, lust, hunger, fulfillment
b) Mind – riches, power
c) Spirit – Whom will you worship, God, Satan, self?

At each point Jesus used Scripture to fight temptation. Satan used Scripture as well, so not only did Jesus have to know Scripture, but He had to understand it’s intent.

When Jesus was tempted at Gethsemane, how did He resist?

He gave up His right and His will. He trusted that God’s plan had His best in mind…Mankind’s best in mind.

So then, as our example, Jesus shows us that the key to overcoming temptation is to know what God said and to submit to His will.

Eve knew what God said, but she added more to it. When confronted with the fact she wasn’t good enough, she didn’t submit to the fact that God had given her all that she had need of and she didn’t submit to fact that God is good, but instead believed that perhaps God was holding back goodness. She knew what God said, but didn’t trust Him (Jesus successfully resisted this in the Wilderness).   She didn’t submit to His Will (Jesus successfully resisted this temptation in Garden of Gethsemane).

Dr. Robb Thompson says that we must be careful to apply our life to the Word, not the Word to our life.

Question:  What is the difference between these two thoughts, and how can they help us in the area of temptation?

4) When confronted with their sin, Adam blamed Eve and ultimately God, and Eve blamed the Devil. Adams said, “It was this woman, and YOU gave her to me. It’s not my fault.” Eve said, “The Devil made me do it!”

Question: Do you tend to blame others, God or the Devil when you are confronted with wrong choices?

5) “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll ALWAYS be there to help you come through it. I Cor 10:13 Message Bible

When we find ourselves overwhelmed by temptation, we can ask Jesus to help us. He was tempted in every way, He can sympathize with us. He understands.

Application:  This week find Scripture to help you in any temptation you are facing and practice humbling yourself to submit to God’s will concerning that area of your life.

Woman, the Glory of Man… Genesis 2:15-25

Icebreaker:  How did you meet your spouse?

Read:  Genesis 2:15-25

Genesis 2:15-25

American Standard Version (ASV)

 15 And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone **; I will make him a help meet for him ***.

19 And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  *

20 And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for man there was not found a help meet for him.

21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof:

22 and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.****

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

*1)  It almost sounds as though, God tried the animals as a helper to man first, but decided that the animals were not up to the  task.  Since God knows the beginning from the end, we know that God foreknew that He would make woman.  Perhaps He demonstrated this first option so that Adam would be aware of his need for a companion. So He had to make a helper that measured up to man, could think and communicate on the same level, and could bear fruit from their relationship.

2)God created woman

a) so that man would not be alone **

b) to be a suitable helper for man ***

c) for family and companionship ****

3) Woman is the only creation made from used parts.

Q:  Why do you think God chose to use Adam’s rib to create Eve?

Possible answers:

  • So that Adam would remember his emptiness before he had Eve
  • To remember that Eve was his partner, to be beside him, not underneath him as with the rest of creation.
  • To create a sense of connectedness.

4)  The word helper – to help, to aid.  It means to give support, to give material or non material encouragement to a person.  It describes helping each other to accomplish goals.

At this point Adam had the huge job of naming the animals.  Eve was called to help him in the endeavor, whether by taking care of his other needs, (gathering food etc.) or in the actual naming of the animals.  Naming all of the animals was a very creative job.  They were literally creating language.

Q:  What are some ways you help your husband?

Read I Corinthians 11:8-12

7For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory *of the man.

8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man:

9 for neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man:

10 for this cause ought the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.

11 Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord.

12 For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God.

*Glory from Strong’s Concordance:

1) opinion, judgment, view

2) opinion, estimate, whether good or bad concerning someone

a) in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory

3) splendour, brightness

a) of the moon, sun, stars

b) magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace

c) majesty

4) First of all this passage again shows are interconnectedness.  Although the first woman came from man, every man since then has come from woman.  We need each other for our very existence.

Secondly, I found it interesting that one of the meanings of the word glory is opinion of.

If you’ve ever seen the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ll remember this scene:

Women are influencers, all of us, whether for good and for bad.  That’s the way God made us.  Eve ended up being a bad influence on Adam.  Be careful what you are influencing your husband toward.  Is your influence encouraging him upward and onward, or away from God?

One last thought about the part about the word glory.  One of the definitions is being opinion of.

I think an application could very well be that when people see us as wives, they form an opinion of our husbands from our behavior.  This interpretation seems viable since this passage is speaking of what the current behaviors expected in order to bring honor to the husband.

Q:  How does your behavior bring glory to your husband?  What kind of opinions about your husband can be formed based on your behavior?  In other words, how well do you represent him?

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land.

One of the ways we please God is to be the glory of our husbands.  We shine the light of His glory when we do this.

We should be the moon, the sun and the stars to our husbands…

Do you see yourself as here to help your husband fulfill his agenda here on earth, or to fulfill yours?

God doesn’t have things in this order because we are less than man, but because he wants us to depend on one another.  If we are always off doing our own thing, we have lost the “oneness” God desires.

Jesus did this.  He put aside His agenda, for God’s.  This is seen in the Lord’s prayer and in Philippians.

Philippians 2:5-8

5Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;

8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.

Jesus brought much glory to God by letting go of what seemed good for Him, and doing what seemed good for the Father.  We are all called to let go of ourselves and to become servants.

Q:  How are you doing at helping your husband fulfill his task from God?

Blogging Neighborhood Bible Study – The Importance of Words – Genesis 1:1-25

I’ve recently started a ladies’ Bible Study in my neighborhood.  So…I thought, “Maybe we should have a blogging neighborhood Bible Study!”  Won’t you join us each Tuesday?

Reading textGenesis 1:1-25

Meditation Verse: Psalm 19:14 May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my defender.

How in the world do I get that verse from reading about the Creation story, you wonder?  I’m glad you’ve asked!  Genesis 1  is full of clues about the importance of words.  After all, it was because of the power of God’s Word that He was able to create everything from nothing.

Hebrews 11:1-3 (MSG) 1-2The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.  3By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

Psalms 33:6-9 (GNT) 6 The Lord created the heavens by his command,
the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word.
7 He gathered all the seas into one place;
he shut up the ocean depths in storerooms.

8 Worship the Lord, all the earth!
Honor him, all peoples of the world!
9 When he spoke, the world was created;
at his command everything appeared.

God’s Word is powerful!  Hebrews 4:12 & 13 (Mess) – God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.

Proverbs 18:21 – 21 Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

The question I must ask myself is, “Whose words will I put in my mouth today?  Mine?  The world’s? or God’s?”

The Spoken See-Saw

God spoke His Word.

The world became.

He said.

He saw what He said.

He named it.

And called it good.

Light.  Dark.

Water. Land.

Sun. Moon.

Air. Flora.

Sea creatures.

Land creatures.

By His Word.

Spoken.

He made them.

Made us.

In His image.

Like Him.

Do we dare think we look like Him?

We know we do not think like Him.

His thoughts are higher than ours.

But we can speak like Him.

We can create

with our words.

Or destroy.

Our choice.

We can bring life

or death

by our tongue.

Kind words heal,

Angry words cut.

Patient words encapsule

faith

in the waiting.

We speak.

We see.

What do we see?

Do we see children growing

strong in Him,

with confidence in who He’s made them?

All because of our words of life?

Do we see a man knowing

he is honored

and respected as the high priest

and leader of his home?

Because we’ve chosen His thoughts,

His Words?

May the words of our lips,

and the meditation of our hearts

be acceptable

to You

Our Lord.

What kind of world are you creating with your words today?

Prayer and Practice:  This week ask God to put a watch at the door of your lips (Ps. 141:3) and commit to speak the Word only. Say God’s Words over your life, your family’s life, your home, your health.  Apply your life to God’s Word.   Mark 8:8

 

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