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Book 2, Lesson 1: Isaac and Rebekah
Prayer is having a conversation with
God. But, who or what is God?
Good question! At this point in your study,
He is the Creator. According to the Bible, He is a spirit. He is well and
alive. There are three words to describe him:
Omnipresent -- meaning all present or he is everywhere.
Omnipotent -- meaning all powerful. Potent means powerful.
Omniscient -- meaning all knowing. Part of the word is "science."
Humans are created in his image meaning that we too have a spirit. It is the
spirit of mankind that can talk with God in prayer. We are more than just an
animal. We have a soul. Someone said that "When my dog died, he is dead all
over." Soul means life, a being inside our fleshly body. When a human dies,
his soul returns to the one who gave it -- to God.
Prayer takes the form of meditation or internalization. We can "go inside"
and think about thinking. We can reflect upon where we came from, who we
are, and where we are going. We think, feel, and do (or act). In this, when
we acknowledge that the Spirit of our Creator is omnipresent, we can
recognize that he can live within us. We often say that he lives in our
hearts. This means that he lives in our thinking, our feeling, and causes us
to act. We think the thoughts of God. We learned them from his written word,
the Bible. In prayer, we commune. In prayer, we communicate with Him. Prayer
is talking with God. It is personal and private. Saying words out loud for
the purpose of getting attention of others is not prayer. For prayer to be
effective, we must believe in God and trust him like Abraham did.
God is omnipotent; so, he can respond to our request as he did in the story
of Abraham's servant. The Bible says, "The prayer of a righteous man makes
things happen." There are many stories of prayer in the Bible, and
miraculous things happened, things outside what we know as the laws of
physics. Prayer is powerful because God is omnipotent. He answers the prayer
of a righteous man.
God is omniscient -- He knows all. We can pray for wisdom and He will give
it to us.
Book 2, Lesson 1: Isaac and Rebekah
Thought Question No. 1. Do you think that God answers the
prayers of his people prayer
Student Answer: Yes, but His thoughts are not ours.
Often I need to let myself and my thinking be changed before He answers.
For sure His way is the one that makes me happiest.
Thought Question No. 2. Has
God ever answered your prayers?
Student Answer: Yes, I talk with God very often. When we
prayed for our aunt to get healed of a tumor He didn't answer.
Thought Question No. 3. What
have you learned in Lesson One that has been helpful and meaningful to you?
That it is so important to ask God, to do something, like Abraham's
servant asked for God's help.
Student Answer: Question: Why was this curse of not being
able to have children over the life of Rebecca?
In question No. 2, you prayed for your aunt's healing and
you said that God did not answer. Let me suggest some things for you to
We read in the Old Testament about God and God answering prayer. We
read that God is love and also about God's wrath and his anger. At times,
prayer was answered, but in a special way that took a long time to answer.
For example, David cried out to God, thinking that he was rejected by God.
In time, we find that God's plan was fulfilled when Jesus came to be a King
like David was a king.
13 But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before
14 Why, O LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?
The prophet Habakkuk cried out for God to save Judah. But, God's
wrath came upon Judah because of their disobedience. In time, God's
will was fulfilled. Habakkuk's plight was that the disobedient ones were
being destroyed by way of the Chaldaens of Babylonia. The disobedient were
taken into captivity as part of God's plan which unfolded over centuries.
When we read scripture must read the context of the passage. The words "you
will not listen" and "you will not save us" are in the context of strife and
do not mean that God's purpose is not to listen nor to save; but, these
words are telling us of the terrible strife that prevailed in the time of
Judah being taken into captivity.
2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out
to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict
God's justice depends
7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to
him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when
the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
God does some awesome
things in answer to prayer.
In many other Old Testament scriptures, we see God doing some awesome things
in answer to prayer. One of those answered prayers was that of
Elijah in a contest with Baal worshipers.
I Kings 18:24
24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the
LORD. The god who answers by fire-- he is God." Then all the people said,
"What you say is good."
The priests of Baal called upon their god to set fire to the altar. Their
god could not set fire to the altar. So, Elijah poured water on the alter
until it was too wet to burn. Then, when Elijah prayed to God, the altar was
burned up entirely. This is only one of many examples of God answering
I Kings 18:37-38
37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD,
are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the
stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
When we pray, we learn from scripture to pray according to God's
will and to pray in faith, believing God will prevail in our favor.
When Jesus prayed, many miracles were done including healing of the blind,
the lame and the sick. Jesus promised us that if we will ask anything of
him, he will answer it. But, the prayer must be asked in faith and in
accordance to God's will.
Please note, Jesus prayed and his request was denied. This is because it was
God's will that Jesus die. So, God answered Jesus' prayer with a "no!"
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed,
"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I
will, but as you will."
10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never
forsaken those who seek you.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all
without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
I John 3:21-24
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before
22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do
what pleases him.
23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and to love one another as he commanded us.
24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how
we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
I John 5:14-15
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask
anything according to his will, he hears us.
15 And if we know that he hears us-- whatever we ask-- we know that we have
what we asked of him.
One important thing to remember about prayer is that God's will
prevails over us. If we pray for healing, we must understand what God wants
regarding healing -- life and death.
One important scripture tells us that miracles, required for some healing
situations like cancer, were for a special purpose. That purpose may not be
the purpose for today, even though it was a long time ago. Consider Hebrews
3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation,
which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who
4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts
of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
From this scripture, we learn that miracles of healing and others were to
confirm that what was being preached by Jesus and by the apostles was truly
from God. Miracles had the special purpose of proving that the
speaker was from God and the speaker was speaking God's will. Such is not
the case today. We do not need miraculous divine healing to prove
that Jesus is Lord. We now know that Jesus came out of the grave, the most
important miracle ever, and this proves that he is the Son of God. Also, we
now have the Bible, the written word of God. With proof being before us, we
no longer need miracles to prove that Jesus is God's son.
When we read about miracle done in the early church, we need to remember
that there was no written Bible to turn to and show the truth. We need to
remember that the miracle workers went about into the Gentile nations such
as Europe and even your country where the story of Jesus' resurrection was
not know. (No Internet in those days.)
So, it is not to our surprise that when we pray over a severely ill
person, that that illness is not healed, as in the case of those you know.
When we pray, powerful things can and do happen. Perhaps today, God does
miracles if he so chooses. I see no harm in asking him to heal us of our
cancer. But, it may not be his will. I do know that prayer has brought about
miraculous things in our lives, today. Yet, they are not always to be so.
Question: Why does God allow so much
Answer: God has a purpose and he is bringing about in our
lives. But, he has set into place the laws of our universe and does not
override them unless it accomplishes his divine purpose. He simply has
limited himself in imposing supernatural laws over natural laws.
Question: Why was this curse
of not being able to have children over the life of Rebecca?
The story in Book 2 tells us that
"God heard Isaac's prayer, and Rebekah became a mother. God did something
for her that nature had failed to do. Rebecca's pregnancy was supernatural."
21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren.
The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebecca became pregnant.
The best way to answer questions about the special cases like this told in
the Old Testament is to see what Jesus or the apostles thought about it. In
the Apostle Paul's letter to the church in Rome, he tells the story of
Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, and Jacob and Esau. The point of Paul's
message is that our salvation is by God's will and his doing rather than by
anything we can do to save ourselves. The story tells us Rebecca's children
were born as an illustration of how God made the decision about Rebecca
being barren so as to show that God himself is in charge and in control. It
is His will, His salvation, His grace by which we are saved.
Isn't it amazing how God made things happen to reveal Jesus to us? I think
so. The Bible stories are not just stories. They are to give us a message.
Here, the message is that we cannot save ourselves. Not even Rebecca could
just have another child because she wanted to. She had to wait 25 years.
This reminds me of Abram waiting until he was Abraham and an old man before
Isaac was born thus teaching us to trust God.
7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham's children. On
the contrary, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children, but
it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.
9 For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will
return, and Sarah will have a son."
10 Not only that, but Rebecca's children had one and the same father, our
11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad-- in
order that God's purpose in election might stand:
12 not by works but by him who calls-- she was told, "The older will serve
13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will
have compassion on whom I have compassion."
16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's
What do your think?
Book 2, Lesson 2:
Jacob and Esau
Genesis 25-35; Romans 9:6-21
This lesson tells the story of Jacob's
Jacob saw the angels of God going up and down the ladder, and then he
saw the Lord standing by the ladder. This is a prophesy in a dream. Compare
the dream with John 1:51.
49 Then Nathaniel declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of
God; you are the King of Israel."
50 Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you
under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that."
51 He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see
heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the
Son of Man."
The dream's meaning
Jesus is the ladder. It is upon him that all communication with God
takes place. Angels ascending represent the work of the priest, who
expresses man to God - "angels ascending" upward. The angels descending
represent the work of the prophet, expressing God to man, downward. A
prophet is a spokesman for God. Jesus is both our High Priest and our
Prophet. Jesus communicates from God to man and from man to God.
1 The point of what we are saying is this: We do have
such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the
Majesty in heaven,
14 After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus
did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the
Book 2, Lesson 3: Joseph
The Old Testament stories reveal the
nature of God and how he works in our lives. The Old Testament
stories tell about Jesus, who is coming. The New Testament tells of Jesus,
who has come. And, The New Testament tells us that Jesus will come again.
Old Testament, 39 Books > Someone is coming!
New Testament, 27 Books > Someone has come!
New Testament, tells us that the "Someone" is Jesus and that this
"Someone" is coming again!
SUMMARY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (to Joseph)
2 To this he replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to
me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in
Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.
3 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go
to the land I will show you.'
4 "So he left the land of the Chaldaens and settled in
Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you
are now living.
5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even a foot of
ground. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would
possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child.
6 God spoke to him in this way: 'Your descendants will be
strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and
mistreated four hundred years.
7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' God
said, 'and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in
8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And
Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his
birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father
of the twelve patriarchs.
9 "Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they
sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him
10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph
wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he
made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing
great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent
our fathers on their first visit.
13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he
was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his
whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers
16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in
the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a
certain sum of money.
17 "As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise
to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.
18 Then another king, who knew nothing about
Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
2, Lesson 4: Moses and the Exodus
1 Corinthians 5:7
In the Bible, typology is where an Old Testament event has
meaning for us in the New Testament times. In the Old
Testament, the Passover Lamb that was offered in Egypt saved those who
obeyed by applying the blood of a pure lamb to their doorpost. In the New
Testament, Jesus is our Passover Lamb. His blood saves us when applied to
our lives. Moses' 10th terrible disaster, the sacrificial lamb is a type of
Jesus, the Lamb of God.
Yeast, in the Old Testament
represented impurity. During the Feast of Weeks the Israelites purged their
houses of yeast. During communion in our worship today, we break bread made
without leaven remembering that Jesus was without sin. This is
another example of typology.
1 Corinthians 5:7
7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch
without yeast-- as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been
2, Lesson 5: Moses in the Wilderness
Exodus 15-40; Numbers 20:1-12; Deuteronomy 18 and 34
Jesus was a prophet like Moses.
This prophecy made 1200 years before Jesus came is proof that the Bible is
22 For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up
for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to
everything he tells you.
1. Deliverer - Exodus 20:2 Vs Hebrews 2:15
2. Provider - Exodus 20:20 Vs John 6:31
3. Mediator of a covenant - Exodus 24:1-8 Vs Hebrews 8:6,
2, Lesson 6: David, the Shepherd King
1 Samuel 17-18; 2 Samuel 1-5; 6:12; 23:2; Psalms 2:7; 16:10; 22:1, 7-8,
16-18; 24:7-10; 34:21: 110:1; 118:22; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Zechariah 6:12-13;
Matthew 21:42: 22:44; 27:35, 39, 43, 46; Luke 1:30-33; John 19:23; Acts
1:9-10; 2:22-36; 4:11; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Ephesians 2:20; and 1 Peter
The coming King will be a descendant of David and will sit on
David's throne as ruler of the Kingdom
25 David said about him: "'I saw the Lord always
before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my
body also will live in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will
you let your Holy One see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will
fill me with joy in your presence.'
29 "Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the
patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here
to this day.
30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had
promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on
31 Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of
the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are
all witnesses of the fact.
33 Exalted to the right hand of God,
he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out
what you now see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
"'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." '
36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this:
God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
Point: The point to remember is that Jesus will not sit on the
furniture of David's throne. He sits now in the office of David as King.
2, Lesson 7: Isaiah, the Prophet
1 Kings 12-14; 2 Kings 17-19; Isaiah 2:2-4;
6:1-13; 9:6-7; 11:1-2, 10; 40:3, 11; 53:3-12; 61:1-2; Daniel 7:12-14; Micah
5:2; Zechariah 9:9-12; 11:12; Acts 13:23; Romans 15:12; 2 Corinthians
5:17-21; Revelations 22:16
The detailed prophecies of
the Prophet Isaiah all came true, proving Isaiah was a true prophet and that
the Bible is true.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the
great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out
his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he
bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Author: Bob Patterson,
References to Strong's
Greek/Hebrew Dictionary is acknowledged. Scripture
references are from the New International Version (NIV) except where noted
as New American Standard Version (NAV
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