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  1. Lesson 01 April 02, 2023 When the Family Acts on Its Own
  2. GOLDEN TEXT “… Indeed, Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac, and with him I will establish my covenant […]” (Genesis 17:19)
  3. PRACTICAL TRUTH When human beings rush into God's plans, the consequences of this action are inevitable.
  4. DAILY READING Monday – Gen 12:4 The Promise of Great Descendants Tuesday – Gen 15:2 Patriarch Abram's Doubt Wednesday – Gen 15:4 The Promise of an Heir Thursday – Gen 16.2-6 The precipitation of the couple Friday – 1 Kings 8.56 God keeps his promise Saturday – 1 Tm 3.5,6 Spiritual mentors from their own home
  5. BIBLE READING IN CLASS Genesis 12.1-3; 16.1-5 Genesis 12 1 - Now the LORD said to Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land which I will show thee 2-And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, I will magnify your name, and you will be a blessing. 3- And I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you; and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
  6. 1- Now, Sarai, Abram's wife, did not bear him children, and he had an Egyptian servant, whose name was Agar. 2- And Sarai said to Abram, Behold, the Lord has prevented me from begetting; come in therefore to my handmaid; peradventure I shall have children by her. And Abram heard the voice of Sarai. 3. So Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, his handmaid, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife, at the end of ten years that Abram had dwelt in the land of Canaan.
  7. 4- And he went in to Agar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in his eyes. 5-Then said Sarai to Abram, My offense be upon you. My servant I put in your bosom; seeing her now that she has conceived, I am despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between me and you.
  8. INTRODUCTION Throughout this quarter, we will study matters related to the family. In this opportunity, specifically, we consider that, unlike other quarters, the subjects refer to the problems of the family's daily life. We will see what the Word of God has to teach us about marital communication problems, jealousy, rebellion, disputes, lies, hurts and raising children, among other subjects.
  9. In this lesson, in particular, we will focus on the hasty attitudes of Sarai and Abram, when they decided not to wait for the fulfillment of God's promise and to act on their own, "helping him" in fulfilling the promise We will see the consequences of when we stop listening to the voice of the Lord to “listen” to the voice of a deceitful heart. KEYWORD: FAMILY
  10. I- GOD MAKES PROMISES TO ABRAM 1- God's meeting with Abram. Abram came from a journey of conquests and personal victories since he left Ur of the Chaldeans and, later, Haran (Gen 11.31; 13.1-4). However, the couple Abram and Sarai had no children. In chapter 12 of Genesis, the patriarch was 75 years old when God promised him a great offspring (Gen 12.4). In chapter 15 the Lord gives him a specific promise of an heir. And finally, when Isaac, the son of promise, was born, the patriarch was 100 years old (Gen. 21:5). Thus, we can say that Abraham waited for 25 years for the fulfillment of the divine promise.
  11. 2- Doubt in the face of waiting. After the promise of offspring (G 12), Abram had a concern: “Lord Jehovah, what will you give me? For I go childless, and the steward of my house is Eliezer of Damascus” (Genesis 15:2). This questioning reveals that his faith was in crisis, Abram could not see the couple's dream come true, since Sarai was barren. It's no different with us either. Sometimes we are blocked by doubts that prevent us from, by faith, seeing the operation of the supernatural.
  12. 3- God guarantees Abram the fulfillment of the promise. As we have seen, Genesis 15:4 contains the promise of a son. In verse 7, the Lord says "I am the Lord" (Gen. 15:7). So He allayed the patriarch's concern, specifying a promise: “This shall not be your heir [Ishmael]; but the one who will be generated from you, that will be your heir Isaac” (Gn 15.4) Here, God is affirming to Abram that his promises without basis in his own character, for He is not a man to lie, nor a son of man to repent , “Perhaps he would say and not do it, or would he speak and not confirm it?” (Nm 21.10). God faithfully fulfills His Word (Psalm 89:34). Unfortunately, however, Abram would waver in faith and would not convey confidence in the promise to Sarai (Gen. 16:2,3).
  13. SYNOPSIS I God made the promise of a great offspring to Abraham. The wait ended up generating doubt, but the Lord guarantees what He promises.
  14. II- INTERFERENCE IN GOD'S PLAN 1- Sarai's attempt to "help" God. By the natural process, Sarai could not bear children because of her barrenness, and in that context, she was still in her old age. Therefore, Sarai persuaded Abram that the best way for him to have an heir would be to take the Egyptian servant Hagar and conceive a son with her (Genesis 16.2). At that time it was permissible to do this so that a man could have an heir, and this attempt to "help God" in fulfilling the promise of a son was a hasty attitude on Abram's part.
  15. In married life, it is important for a believing couple to consult God in everything. In this sense, Abram should convince his wife to wait in God, for he fulfills his words (1 Kings 8.56).
  16. 2-The two waver in faith. In chapter 15, Abram is a man of faith. However, in chapter 16, the situation changes completely because he prefers to listen to the voice of his wife, according to Genesis 16.2 “And Abram heard the voice of Sarai”. The truth is that, faced with his wife's complaint, Abraham calmed down and preferred to accept her argument and not believe in the miracle of both begetting a son according to the promise. The two left the logic of faith and clung to merely human logic. We must be careful not to interfere with God's designs, as this could mean a deviation from the divine will. We cannot, because of a hasty decision, want to intervene in the original divine plan.
  17. 3- The problem of precipitation. Sarai abandoned and despised trust in God, preferring to solve the problem her way, in addition to inducing her husband to the same mistaken attitude of unbelief. By moving away from dependence on God, the couple could not avoid the disastrous consequences for their lives (Gen 16.5-9). Agar became pregnant and had the son that Abram dreamed of having, but it caused a historic family conflict between Abram and Sarai, between Sarai and Agar, later, between their children, Ishmael and Isaac.
  18. Many conflicts are generated in homes because of hasty attitudes on the part of spouses. The essence of this precipitation of Abram remains today, with the seeds of Ishmael and Isaac, that is, Jews and Arabs.
  19. SYNOPSIS II Sarai's precipitation generated consequences in the family that reverberate until the present day between the two nations.
  20. III- THE CONSEQUENCES OF A RUSHED DECISION 1- The conflict in Abram's family. The couple's precipitation ended up creating conflict between Abram and Sarai, caused by the new situation to which Hagar submitted. Discord and disharmony created an unsustainable situation within that home. Hagar, feeling privileged within Abram's house, since he was paying special attention to her because of the child in her womb, provoked jealousy in Sarai. You are then began to harass your servant (Gen 16.4-6). This situation was very difficult inside the patriarch's house.
  21. 2- Abram's weakness. After all the experience with God and listening to his divine promises for personal and family life, Abram opted for weakness and carnality. He did not have the firmness to persuade Sarai, in the face of the advice to have this child with Hagar, to trust in God and in his promises (Gen 16.6). This story teaches us that we cannot just look to human solutions. There are moments in our life that only the hand of God can operate. Let us have spiritual sensitivity to discern what is under our responsibility and what only depends solely and exclusively on God (cf. Ex 14.15-18).
  22. 3- A mistaken opinion about God. When Sarai tells Abram that the Lord has prevented me from bearing” she seemed to be asserting that God had failed her to bear children (Gen. 16:2). She moved away from the place of absolute dependence on God and preferred to decide for herself, using Hagar as a means to fulfill the divine promise. Her carnal heart caused her to despise the faith.
  23. In this sense, Abram's weakness was not so much in not acting wisely with Sarai as in convincing her to believe in God's miracle in her life. His wife needed an experience with God capable of giving her enough knowledge to understand that her husband was right in what he said. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to a precious lesson: men of God have the role of spiritual mentors in their homes and, therefore, cannot fail to govern them wisely (cf. 1Tm 3.5,6).
  24. SYNOPSIS III A hasty decision generates consequences ranging from conflicts in the family to misunderstandings about God.
  25. CONCLUSION This lesson teaches us about God's promises for the believer's life. However, she warns of the danger of rushing in with interference in the fulfillment of these promises. We have seen that this type of attitude had serious consequences for Abram's family. May God free us from trying to interfere with his plans, for we know that his will is good, pleasant and perfect (Rm 12.2).
  26. REVIEWING THE CONTENT 1- How long did Abraham wait for the divine promise to be fulfilled? Abraham waited for 25 years for the divine promise to be fulfilled. 2- In chapter 15 of Genesis, Abram is a man of faith; why in chapter 16 does the situation change completely? The situation completely changed because he preferred to listen to his wife's voice.
  27. 3- Why did Sarai persuade Abram that the best way for him to have an heir would be to make the Egyptian servant, Hagar, his wife? Because Sarai could not bear children because of her barrenness and, in that context, she was advanced in age. 4- What elements were raised that left Abram's house in an unsustainable situation? Discord and disharmony. 5- What precious lesson do we need to pay attention to? Men of God have the role of spiritual mentors in their homes and, therefore, we cannot fail to govern it wisely (cf. 1 Tm 3.5,6)
  28. SBS | 2nd Quarter 2023 | CPAD – Adults – TOPIC: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS – Overcoming Challenges and Problems with Examples from the Word of God | Sunday Bible School | Lesson 01: When the Family Acts on Its Own. Slides prepared by Celso Napoleon