Lot’s Wife Bible Study – 10 Key Points for Bible Study 05/24/2014

From our lesson of Lot’s Wife, Genesis 18:16-19:29; Luke 17:28-33, here are some important points. The points do not directly answer the questions on pages 26-27 of the text, but may help you in our discussion at the Saturday Bible Study 05/24/2014.

1. Lot’s wife is only mentioned three times in the Bible (Genesis 19:15-17, 26; Luke 17:32), therefore, the lesson makes assumptions about Lot’s Wife’s life based on the life of Lot and his wealth and community status.

2. Lot was the nephew of Abram (Abraham) (Genesis 11:27).

3. Lot moved from Ur to Haran with his Grandfather Terah, Abram (Abraham), and Sarai (Sarah) (Genesis 11:31). After the death of Terah Lot moved from Haran to Canaan with his uncle Abram (Abram) and Sarai (Sarah). They took all of Abram’s workers and possessions with them. (Genesis 12:4-5).

4. As Lot also acquired workers and possessions, the land they owned was inadequate for he and Abram (Abraham) (Genesis 13:5-7). Lot and Abram (Abraham) agreed to part company (Genesis 13:8-9) and Lot moved with his workers and possessions near Sodom (Genesis 13:10-13).

5. In Sodom, Lot, his people and possessions were seized by opposing kings. They were rescued by Abram (Abraham)(Genesis 12-16).

6. Since Chapter 19 of Genesis presents accounts of Lot, Lot’s Wife and adult daughters, at some point Lot married Mrs. Lot, who’s name is not given.

7. We also assume that during the period of Lot’s acquisition and enjoyment of wealth and status, Lot’s wife enjoyed the same. It also seems that throughout the entire narrative of Lot, he was married. Here is our reasoning: Although narratives in scripture are not always in chronological order, it appears this one has elements of time and order. What we know is that Lot’s story is tied into Abram’s (Abraham) story. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran to go to Canaan, he took Lot and Sarai (Sarah) with him (Genesis 12:4-5). Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5), 25 years after leaving Haran. When the three visitors came to Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 18), they proclaimed that Sarah would give birth in less than a year (Genesis 18:10) and in that story Abraham also started the plea to save Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33). When the two angles of Genesis 18 visited Sodom (Genesis 19) they were sought after by the townsmen for sex (Genesis 19:5), Lot offered his two virgin daughters pledged in marriage to two  other townsmen (Genesis 19:6-14). The angles told Lot to leave Sodom with his wife and two daughters to avoid death (Genesis 19:15). The point is, that because the daughters were of marriage/childbearing age (Genesis 16:36-38), Lot’s wife must to have been with him for all of the narrative, from the introduction of Lot (Genesis 11:27) to her death (Genesis 19:26). In the financial success of Lot, Lot’s wife most certainly enjoyed the same privileges as him.

8. The angles agree with Lot that his family could stay in Zohr for safety (Genesis 19:21), but made it clear that the family was not to look back towards Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:17). Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).

9. Both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father and their sons became the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites (Genesis 30-38).

10. Jesus uses Lot’s Wife’s looking back as an example of what not to do when the kingdom of God comes to Earth. (Luke 17:28-32)

Comments are always welcome on any of these points.

Study Text: Women of the Bible, Jean E Syswerda, Zondervan, 1999.

Bible : The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan, 1995.

 

Women of The Bible, Lot’s Wife – May 24, 2014

Lot’ Wife is our third woman in our series from Women of the Bible, 52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups by Jean E Syswerda. The study of Lot’s Wife is found on page 24. The Bible Study small group will be held on May 24, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

If you have not received your books for the study, please see Glenda. Remember that all materials are free as they are gifts to you from students participating in Homewords Small Group Bible Study Ministry.

For information contact Glenda at 727-542-4683.

Sarah Bible Study – 10 Key Points from Bible Study 05/10/2014

From our lesson of Sarah, Genesis 12:1-20; 16:1-8; 17:1-22; 18:1-15; 21:1-13; Galatians 4:22-31, here are some important points. The points do not directly answer the questions on pages 18-19 of the text, but may help.

1. Sarai was loyal to Abram. She followed him from Haran to Canaan (Genesis 12:4-5) and to Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20).

2. Sarai’s loyalty to Abram led to the distorted truth in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-13; 20:11-12).

3. Because she was barren (Genesis 11:29-30), Sarai arranged for Abram to have a child (Genesis 16:1-4a).

4. After having Abram’s child, Hagar the maidservant mistreated Sarai. Sarai sent her (Hagar) and the child (Ishmael) away (Genesis 16:4b-6).

5. God Changed Sarai’s name to Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16).

6. God affirmed Sarah’s motherhood (Genesis 18:10)

7. Sarah’s response to God was to laugh (Genesis 18:12) and to lie (Genesis 18:15).

8. Sarah gave birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 21:1-7).

9. Sarah sends Ishmael away again (Genesis 21:8-13).

10. The Apostle Paul uses the story of Sarah and Hagar by aligning Sarah to the promises of freedom though Jesus the Christ, verses Hagar to the slavery of the law (Galatians 4:22-31).

Study Text: Women of the Bible, Jean E Syswerda, Zondervan, 1999.

Bible : The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan, 1995.

Eve Bible Study – 10 Key Points from Bible Study 04/26/2014

 

From our lesson of Eve, Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2-4, here are some important points. The points do not directly answer the questions on pages 14-15 of the text, but may help.

1. Alone in the Garden of Eden, Adam, the first human (man), per God, needed a suitable companion or helper. Genesis 2:18, 20

2. God created woman from a rib He had taken out of man. Genesis 2:21-22.

3. God’s intent for man and women as husband and wife is monogamy. Genesis 2:23-24 and NIV footnote on 2:24.

4. The serpent came to the woman with the suggestion to eat of the fruit of the tree. Genesis 3:1-4

5. The name of the forbidden tree was “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9, 16-17

6. The woman ate the fruit because the fruit was good for food, pleasing to the eye and desirable for gaining wisdom. Genesis 3:6

7. The woman gave the fruit to Adam (man) and he ate it. Both their eyes were open and they gained the discernment they sought. Genesis 3:6-7

8. The blame game starts as Adam blamed the woman and the woman blamed the serpent. God recognizes all at fault, Genesis 3:14-19, and pronounces judgment of all three. Adam named his wife Eve. Genesis 3:20

9. Despite their disobedience, God continues to provide for Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:21

10: In giving birth, Eve acknowledges God as the source in her giving birth to a man. Genesis 4:1 

Study Text: Women of the Bible, Jean E Syswerda, Zondervan, 1999.

Bible : The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan, 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer for Strength

Dear God, Sometimes it seems like as soon as you provide a major victory in my life, there is often an immediate flood of frustrating situations. It is as if something wants to stop me from giving you the praise you deserve. May I always be reminded that as I put more of my trust in you, challenges will arrive. May I also remember that the challenges are not the people or the personalities that they exhibit. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). May I always look for your blessings to be bestowed through these trying situations.  “For just as the sufferings of Christ flows into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows” (2 Corinthians 1:5 ). May I gain more strength from you as I go through the troubles into another victory. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Women of The Bible, Sarah – May 10, 2014

Sarah is our second woman in our series from Women of the Bible, 52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups by Jean E Syswerda. The study of Sarah is found on page 16. The Bible Study small group will be held on May 10, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

If you have not received your book for the study, please see Glenda. Remember that all materials are free as they are gifts to you from students participating in Homewords Small Group Bible Study Ministry.

For information contact Glenda at 727-542-4683.