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SOME WOMEN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT... - SESSION 2

OLD COVENANT AND

NEW COVENANT MOTHERS: SARAH AND

THE VIRGIN MARY

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Session 2

WHAT WE WILL STUDY

COVENANT AS KEY TO UNDERSTANDING GOD'S STORY IN SCRIPTURE

THE BIBLE HAS MANY STORIES BUT ONE "META-STORY"

One unifying theme: we are known, we are loved, and God has sought us out.  It is a love story.

"COVENANT": WHAT IS THAT?

Covenant vs. Contract

Biblical arc of covenant widens over time as the story unfolds

Abrahamic covenant -3 parts (Gen.12:2-3).

  1. Part 1 ratified in Gen 15:18-21 (the land)

  2. Part 2 ratified in Gen. 17:2-7 (Father of Nations -circumcision)

  3. Part 3 ratified in Gen. 22:15-18 (Bless the world)

SARAH'S STORY

  • Act 1: Genesis 11:27-31 (first hear of her as Sarai); Gen.12:1-9 (call of Abram); Gen.12:10-20 (sojourn in Egypt); Gen. 15 (God cuts a covenant with Abram)

  • Act 2:  Gen. 16:1-16 (fateful chapter); Gen 17:15-21 (Sarai renamed Sarah, she to bear a child)

  • Act3:  Gen, 18:1-15 (Heavenly visitors); Gen. 20 (Sarah again in jeopardy – God protects her); Gen.21:1-7 (the child of the promise born)

  • Act 4:  Gen.21:8-13 (Sarah feels threatened by Hagar’s son), [Gen 22:1-18 (Abraham’s test – the “Akedah”, the binding of Isaac)]; Gen. 23:1-2 (Sarah’s death).

SARAH AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY - SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES

CONCLUSION AND APPLICATION TO OUR STORIES

  • Our God is a covenant – making God who is always faithful to His Promises despite our sin, mistakes, failures, etc.

  • Our God will accomplish big things from small obedience’s done consistently over time by ordinary, regular people.

  • Our God speaks – our part is to listen and obey.

FURTHER RESOURCES

ON COVENANTS

BOOKS

A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Scott Hahn.

Bible Basics for Catholics, John Bergsma

YouTube VIDEO

Bishop Barron: “Abraham, Isaac and Christ”

YouTube VIDEO

Brant Pitre: “The Faith of Abraham and the Spiritual Life”.

Brant Pitre: “Jesus’ Baptism and the New Isaac”

CHRISTINE'S BLOG

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