Bought by the Blood

April 23, 2009

Jehovah Jirah

The first small group discussion I ever led was on Genesis 22.  Without a doubt this is one of my favorite Bible passages.  With a rare opportunity to create a discussion I jumped at the opportunity to use this passage again for a discussion topic.  I actually didn’t lead the discussion, but I passed the outline off to my friend Dave to lead as I was home with my dear newborn daughter Miya.  Dave made some edits and improvements to the outline, so I can’t take 100% credit for what you see below.

In  light of Easter Sunday we are discussing Genesis 22.  There are two questions that Lew wants us to consider.  Actually, three questions, but we be providentially blessed to make it through two questions.  The two questions are:

  1. How does this passage foreshadow the cross?
  2. what do we learn about God from this passage?
There are many things that we learn about God from this passage, to get us headed in the direction that Lew wants our conversation to go, we are going to play a little game.  At this point, split the group up in half for the game.  Tell them that the group who wins get an ultra special prize.  The point of the game is to have them list out all of the names of God that they can think of in five minutes.  They can use a Bible if they want to.  After the time limit have one group read their list, if the other group has that name then they need to both cross  it off.  Next, have the other group read their names that were not crossed off.  Each group gets a point for each unique name.  At this point, before you announce the prize, hype it up as something ultra special.  The group with the most points gets a pat on the back.

Ask them to look at the list of names they have and ask if based on the list what specifically I want them to discuss about God’s character.  The correct answer is the name “Jehovah Jirah,” this name means that “God will see to it.”

  • Read Gen 22:1-14

1. How does this passage foreshadow the cross?

Before we discuss how this passage foreshadows the cross, I want to read a quote from James Montgomery Boice: “Genesis 22 is the first passage since Genesis 3:15 in which we are pointed to the love and provision of God for guilty sinners through Christ’s crucifixion.”  There are some obvious and some not so obvious ways that we see the cross.  Since some of these ways are not so obvious, I have included questions that you can ask the group to give them clues.  I have listed out 7 ways, there might be more that people find, but try to get them to find at least these seven ways.  If any of these are unclear let me know, the second one will probably be the toughest for the group to get.

  • Answer: Sacrifice of beloved Son
    1. Question:  How are the sons being offered viewed by their fathers John 3:16 and Genesis 22:2
  • Answer: Mt. Moriah is Jerusalem, where Jesus went to die
    1. Question: what is the significance of the location 2 Chronicles 3:1
  • Answer: There is a confidence in the ressurrection
    1. Question:  Why can these sons be offered up Hebrews 11:17-19
  • Answer: The father initiated
    1. Question: What is the role of the father
  • Answer: The son was willing
    1. Question: what was the role of the son
      1. Important note: Many commentators and scholars believe that Isaac was in his late teens/early twenties.  He willingly let Abraham tie him up as the sacrifice because he could have easily overpowered his father and not allowed himself to be tied up.
  • Answer: a lamb was provided for us
    1. Question: what did God provide Genesis 22:8 and John 1:29
  • Answer: There three days of uncertainty
    1. question: Length of Abraham’s journey and Christ time in the tomb Genesis 22:4 and 1 Corinthians 15:4/Matthew16:21
      1. Important Note:  The difference between this and number 2 is that Abraham didn’t know what the resurrection would be and there was doubt to the outcome of his and Isaac’s journey.  Christ didn’t have any uncertainty, but when we look at the disciples and the woman they had uncertainty as they surely thought that the crucifixion was the end.

Encourage them to get into the habit to look for the promise of Christ, the cross and ressurrection on every page of the Old Testament.  the Old Testament isn’t just history, a book of rules, but it is God speaking to us about the salvation that He is preparing through His Son.  It is a love story that finds its resolution in the New Testament.  Let me know if you want more info on this to share with the group.

2. What do we learn about God from this passage?

  • Why do you think Abraham choose the name, “God will see to it” instead of “God has seen to it.”?
  • Ask for volunteers to read Philippians 4:19 and Romans 8:32

19And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

  • How does knowing about Christ’s sacrifice for us enable us to say “God will see to it?”

[God’s provision isn’t just a one time thing, but He will always provide for our needs; furthermore, we can trust that because He has provided i) what is most costly to Him (His Son), and ii) what is most important for us (justification before God), we can have confidence that He will preserve us until the day we see Him face to face – in Piper’s words, we can have faith in future grace through experiencing God’s past grace]

  • What comfort do we find in this truth?
  • Does anyone have any testimonty of how God has met their needs?
  • How do we battle doubts about God meeting our needs? [look back to the cross]


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