SEPTEMBER WEEK 3

The Rebellions & God’s Grace

Scripture records that rebellions against God occurred in both the natural and the supernatural realms. The rebellions of God’s family (see Gen. 3; 6; 11) incurred disastrous consequences. Through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, YHWH’s human family has been invited to be restored into right relationship with him. This week, we will dig deeply into the rebellions that caused the falling away of God’s family, and also the grace and truth of Jesus Christ that redeemed loyal family members from the darkness.

Family Formation

Weekly Takeaway:Though his family rebelled against him, God wants them back.

Main Scripture:Romans 5:6-8

Questions:

  1. What does it mean to rebel against something?
  2. How did God’s family rebel against him?
  3. How can we resist rebelling against God today?

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Instructions for Daily Reading

Each day as you engage the Scripture, we recommend following this pattern of devotional reading. 

[Take a brief moment of silence to quiet your heart.]

  1.   Read the Scripture aloud.
  2.   Seek out where King Jesus is at work in the Scripture.
  3.   Pray over the Scripture.
  4.   Discern how this Scripture impacts your life.

[Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus in one tangible way today.]

DAILY READING

MONDAY - 9/16

Monday: Genesis 3:1-13

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Genesis 3 outlines the first of the major rebellions of God’s people – the fall of man. It is important to note that this rebellion was carried out by both humans andspiritual beings. The fall of man was the first incident of turning away from YHWH in his family. In this act of rebellion, humanity lost the Garden of Eden in both a spiritual and geographical sense. What impact did this have on God’s family moving forward in history? How was the natural effected? How was the supernatural effected? Why is Jesus’ ministry necessary after this rebellion?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

 

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

 

10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

TUESDAY - 9/17

Tuesday: Genesis 6:1-7

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Genesis 6 provides us with a narrative of the second big rebellion of YHWH’s family. In this story, the “sons of God” descend upon the earth and crossbreed with God’s natural family. This leads to a rebellious and unnatural hybrid of God’s creation. What impact did this have on God’s family moving forward in history? How was the natural effected? How was the supernatural effected? Why is Jesus’ ministry necessary after this rebellion?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”

 

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

 

So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

 

WEDNESDAY - 9/18

Wednesday: Genesis 11:1-9

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Genesis 11 shows the third rebellion of God’s creation against him. In this narrative, God’s human and supernatural creation work together in an attempt to turn from YHWH for good by way of the Tower of Babel. This act of rebellion leads to the disinheritance of the nations and the creation of languages and races. This results in a geographic shift on both the earth and the supernatural realm. What impact did this have on God’s family moving forward in history? How was the natural effected? How was the supernatural effected? Why is Jesus’ ministry necessary after this rebellion?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.

 

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

 

Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

THURSDAY - 9/19

Thursday: Deuteronomy 32:1-9

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Of all the rebellions of God’s family, the Tower of Babel sparked what would become a reality of humanity – division. This division included a shift in cosmic geography which placed humanity under the rule of corrupt spiritual forces – until God set his people apart. As we see in Deuteronomy 32, YHWH plans to bring his divided family back together, despite their rebellious hearts. How did Jesus help bridge this divide? How did Jesus bring justice? How does Jesus lead his people away from division?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!

 

“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation. Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?

 

Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.

 

FRIDAY - 9/20

Friday: Romans 3:21-31

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: After the rebellion of God’s family (family/people/creation/etc), it seemed impossible that they would ever be able to find their way back to him – not without some help, anyway. Romans 3 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” YHWH, however, had a plan to overcome the rebelliousness of his people. The scripture goes on to say that God’s people “are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Not only are we welcomed back into the family, we are spiritually set apart as sacred space! How has Jesus redeemed you from sin? What would your life resemble without this grace?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,

 

30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

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