February 13, 2018: New Beginnings

February 13, 2018

Bible Study Session 6: New Beginnings

This week will be the first Sunday in Lent. Throughout the Lenten season (the weeks leading up to Easter), we will be using the Revised Common Lectionary, a selection of common texts used by churches around the world.

This Sunday’s texts will be Genesis 9:8-17 and 1 Peter 3:18-22. If Lent is, at its heart, about struggle, transformation, and preparation for the resurrection, these are excellent opening texts! The first text emphasizes God’s covenant with Moses, while the second speaks about baptism.

Unfortunately, both present ideas about God that are difficult to wrap our heads around, including sin, resurrection, and an imperfect God that makes mistakes. Jacob wrestled with an angel and was transformed and renamed Israel…Lent is an opportunity for us to wrestle with scripture…what in us will change as a result?

Bible Study Scriptures

Genesis 9:8-17

New Revised Standard Version

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.

 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

 12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.

 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

1 Peter 3: 18-22

New Revised Standard Version

18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.

21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.