SOME WOMEN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT... - SESSION 4
HAGAR - LEAH - TAMAR
WHAT WE WILL STUDY
ISAIAH 61:1-3 AND LUKE 4:16-21
Who is she? What’s happened to her? (Gen 16:1-16, Gen. 21: 8-21)
God sees her (Gen. 16)
God hears her (Gen. 21)
God cares for her and her child.
Who is she? Where does she come into the story? (Jacob – Gen. 29:1-15)
Gen. 29: 16-30 – she is foisted upon Jacob.
Feeling unloved, trying to “get blood from a stone” (Gen. 29:31-35).
“Tension in the tents” (Gen. 30-1-21).
Mother of 6 of the 12 tribes of Israel.
God affirms her worth!
Who is she? (Gen. 38:1-6 – Judah, one of Leah’s sons). Probably a Canaanite woman. Twice a widow (Gen. 38:7-10).
The promise given - The promise not kept (Gen. 38:11)
Her sinful solution to the problem (Gen. 38:12-16).
Her offspring (Gen. 38:27-30, and Mt. 1:3).
CONCLUSION AND APPLICATIONS TO OUR STORIES
What shall we do when we are recipients of the injustice of rejection?
Pray and ask for the grace to know that God sees us and hears our plea (Hagar).
Ask God for grace to believe in a settled way that we are loved so that our fears lessen and we can lessen our dependence on the approval of others (Leah).
Pray that we will not react sinfully to injustice, and instead will listen to the Holy Spirit for direction about what we are to do instead (Tamar).
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