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Introduction.

This series focuses on the life of Joseph and his brothers. It includes incidents of failure and success, jealousy and integrity, sin and righteousness. Through it all, God’s plan prevails. These stories should increase our confidence in God, and our willingness to follow him in all situations. 

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SERIES TITLE: Living in God's Story

SESSION TWO: When You Are Hypocritical

TEXT: Genesis 38

INTRODUCTION.

This series focuses on the life of Joseph and his brothers. It includes incidents of failure and success, jealousy and integrity, sin and righteousness. Through it all, God’s plan prevails. These stories should increase our confidence in God, and our willingness to follow him in all situations. 

DISCUSSION.

If we never experienced consequences for any wrong thing, or always experienced consequences for every wrong thing, what would life be like?

EXAMINATION.

  • Vv.1-5 Consider Judah’s actions in light of Genesis 24:3 and 28:1. Why or why not is this a big deal?
  • Vv.6-10 What mistaken teachings have been based on Onan’s wickedness, and for what did God judge him?
  • Vv.11-19 Why was it wrong for Judah to refuse his son Shelah to Tamar? How would this wrong her?
  • What does this incident on the road to Timnah reveal about Judah? About Tamar?
  • Does Tamar act morally here? Why or why not?
  • Vv.20-30 In what sense is Tamar more righteous than Judah?
  • Of all the Hebrew tribes, why would God choose Judah for the line of King David and Christ Jesus?

APPLICATION.  

  • Consider these four signs of hypocrisy: 1) I put myself in situations that make obedience more difficult; 2) I make promises I don’t intend to keep; 3) I minimize my sinful choices; 4) I condemn others without a trial. How is each one demonstrated in this chapter?
  • What personal examples do you have of God bringing shame or death because of hypocrisy? (consider these New Testament warnings or examples: 1 Corinthians 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; Acts 5:1-11)
  • What would you say to someone who believed their sins (sexual or otherwise), were too shameful for God to fulfill his purpose in their life?
  • Why is our confession and repentance so important for God’s work in our lives?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

 

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