SOME WOMEN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT... - SESSION 2
OLD COVENANT AND
NEW COVENANT MOTHERS: SARAH AND
THE VIRGIN MARY
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).
Part 1 ratified in Gen 15:18-21 (the land)
Part 2 ratified in Gen. 17:2-7 (Father of Nations -circumcision)
Part 3 ratified in Gen. 22:15-18 (Bless the world)
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.
A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Scott Hahn.
Bible Basics for Catholics, John Bergsma
Bishop Barron: “Abraham, Isaac and Christ”
Brant Pitre: “The Faith of Abraham and the Spiritual Life”.
Brant Pitre: “Jesus’ Baptism and the New Isaac”