Break the Ice
What’s an interesting story or fact about your heritage or family?
Bring the Word
Read Matthew 16:13-20
- Why doesn’t Jesus just state who he is?
- Is there a benefit to someone else giving testimony about who you are?
- Where else in the Bible do we see testimony about Christ?
- Why is the Bible divided into the Old Testament and New Testament? What are they a testament to?
Read Matthew 1:1
- How is a genealogy a testament to who someone is?
- Why is an emphasis placed on Jesus being descended from David and Abraham?
Read Galatians 3:16, Genesis 22:15-18
- Why change the language used for the recipients of the promise from descendants to seed(offspring)?
- How is the seed/offspring promise to Abraham a testament to Jesus?
- What significance is there that Abraham’s promise follows his obedience to sacrifice Isaac?
- Has God’s promise to Abraham been fulfilled? Is so, how?
Read 2 Samuel 7:11-16
- How is God’s promise to David talking about Christ?
- Is this retelling what we learned in the promise to Abraham or is this a separate revelation about Christ? Why?
- Does verse 14 fit Jesus Christ if He is sinless? Why or why not?
- Have all the promises in this passage been fulfilled? Why or Why not?
- Why is it important that we recognize the promises that God has fulfilled?
Bring it Home
Read Genesis 3:15
- What will women’s seed do to the serpent?
- What will the serpent do to the woman’s seed?
- Which is a foreshadowing of the promise to Abraham? …David?
- Can you think of other parts of Jesus’s Genealogy that are used to reveal something about him as the Christ?
- How can we pray for you?
Begin a Discipline
Prayer: Continue what you have started! Add on a short time of reflection for something God has done in your life whether it’s a fulfilled promise, prayer, or need!
Reading: Do you read God’s word daily? Try picking a book(recommend Genesis, John, Matthew, Mark, or Luke) try dividing 1-2 chapters over 7 days. Each day pick one thing that stands out to you.
Already reading daily? Try picking out several verses that stick out and rereading them 1-2 more times before your next set reading time!
- 2 Samuel 7:14 interpretation: When he does wrong=as if he does wrong
- Order of events in promise to serpent are in order of importance not chronological
- “strike his heel” – Christ’s death to bring the blessing of nations in the Abrahamic promise
- “strike his head”- depose of satan to reign forever to fulfill Davidic promise