- · By pointing our attention to dust, what is the Holy Spirit doing?
- What is the difference in being humbled and being humiliated? Feel free to use a dictionary. This is also a good opportunity to “squeeze the orange” and do a word-study in your concordance (back of your Bible or use one on-line) on the word “humble.”
- Reread James 4:7. Why should we humble ourselves? How do we do this? What are the benefits?
Psalm 23:1-4 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Yesterday we discussed humility, and the importance of being humble before the LORD. There are endless reasons why this is important; one being that God is our Creator. Another is found in what is widely seen as the most beloved of all the Psalms: God is our Shepherd, and as His sheep, we just follow. He is not just our Shepherd, but our good Shepherd.
Before we dive back into Genesis, open in your journal and ask God to reveal the truth of this Scripture by answering the following questions:
• How has He faithfully provided for your needs (not greeds)?
• Can you think of a time He made you lie down in green pastures?
• How does God refresh your soul?
• Does your testimony include a dark valley story? Did you sense God in the valley?
Take as much time as you like with this exercise, even if it means postponing Genesis until tomorrow. Remember that the ultimate purpose of Bible study is not to know more about God; it is to know God.
Read Genesis 2:8-9.
• WHAT is going on it this passage (what did God do)?
• Where is the garden?
• Where did God put the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
• Why do you think He put them there? Give this your best shot and we will discuss during the next class.
Reread Genesis 2:8-9, then read Revelation 2:7 & 22:2.
• What else can you tell me about the trees?
Skip forward to Genesis 3:24.
• Why did God want to keep Adam and Eve from the tree of life? 1 Corinthians 15:12-40 might have some clues.
Did this lesson raise more questions than it answered? That’s okay! Write them down and bring them to class. End by asking God how He might use you today, & by thanking Him for 5 things.
Psalm 16:6 – The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Open in your journal this morning first praising God for who He is, then thanking Him for all He has done and is doing, and then by pouring your heart out to Him. What is your greatest need? Your greatest fear? He already knows, and He can’t comfort us unless we allow Him into those places.
Reread Psalm 16:6, then reread Genesis 3:1-7.
• Where, specifically, does this take place?
• What is going on in this passage?
• Who is the Serpant?
• Take your time and picture verse 6. What is going through Eve’s mind? Why did she give fruit to her husband? Why did he eat it?
• This has always been called “Adam’s sin.” Why is this man’s sin and not woman’s? 1 Timothy 2:13-15 gives us a hint.
• Read Genesis 3:8-13. What is going on in this passage? What does this say about mankind’s nature?
To finish today, read all of Psalm 16. What does this tell us about the nature of God? Does this change the way you feel about unanswered prayer?
End by thanking God for 5 things.