Friday, January 12, 2018

This week's lesson (January 6-12): I See, I Want, I Take

Read Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-23. (NOTE: "good and evil" is a merism, i.e. a pair of opposites that collectively include everything. "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil," in other words, could also be translated as "The Tree of Know-It-All.")
  • ". . . the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom . . . " and what's wrong with that?
  •  How did a desire for good things get "the woman" in trouble? How does it get you in trouble today?
Read Romans 7:7-13. 
  • How is Paul's experience similar to that of "the woman" in Genesis 3?
  • Paul seems to suggest that "covetousness" is the basis of all other sins. Agree or disagree?
Thought questions:
  •  If you had to evacuate your house immediately, then what's the one thing you would grab before you go? What does this say about your priorities?
  • When (if ever) have you thought you'd be happy if you could only get that one thing you wanted? What have you learned from this experience?

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