For our “Held and Beloved” online study friends, taking a few minutes on this quiet evening to lift up our new study week.
𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘭𝘺, 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴! 𝘞𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘏𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 … 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘏𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮! 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘪𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴, 𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘮 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦! 𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘖𝘙𝘋 𝘑𝘌𝘚𝘜𝘚, 𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯.
“𝐓𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞, 𝐇𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬.” 𝐈 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐:𝟕
We are excited to dig deep into chapter nine this week. As you have time on your own, read through the chapter and the accompanying Bible passages. Keep a notebook handy to jot down anything that touches your heart, encourages you, leaves you with questions. Through the week, as the LORD leads you, comment below with your thoughts or discoveries?
• CHAPTER NINE •
𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭: 𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐇𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬
Brief summary: Before seeing her face to face, Isaac won the heart of Rebekah, who said “yes” and became his wife. Without seeing us face to face, the LORD JESUS has won the hearts of those who believe He is precious, those who say “yes” and become His bride. The author reached the calm after the storm of recent years, the long prayed-for chance for her husband to shift professional gears and pursue better health, and enjoyed precious moments with him to reflect and offer gratefulness to GOD. The LORD revealed Himself as the One who wins our hearts, who cares and keeps us, held and beloved, in His embrace!
Read more of their stories . . . and reflect on your own!
𝐑𝐄𝐁𝐄𝐊𝐀𝐇 (𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝟸𝟺)
What gave Rebekah the courage to travel with a stranger to a foreign land, to become the wife of a man she had never met? What free gifts had he offered her? What prompted her to receive them with joy rather than doubt? What was her greatest longing as she made the long journey to meet Him?
𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐑𝐈𝐃𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓 (𝘌𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝟻:𝟸𝟷–𝟹𝟹, 𝘐 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝟷𝟹:𝟷–𝟷𝟹, 𝘐 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝟺:𝟷𝟿 (𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵’𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩), 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝟷𝟿:𝟼–𝟿 (𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘣))
What free gift does Jesus freely offer His bride? What does He reveal about His heart in His tireless pursuit of hers? What causes the Bride of Christ to treasure Him as precious, when she has yet to see Him face to face?
𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐋𝐋 (𝘗𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘮 𝟹𝟺:𝟸–𝟷𝟶, 𝘚𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝟼:𝟹, 𝟸:𝟺, 𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘴 𝟸:𝟷𝟹–𝟷𝟺, 𝟷 𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝟸:𝟽)
What have you learned about God the Father and His Son Jesus that touches your heart? How have you seen the hand of God or felt His Spirit move, drawing your heart toward His? What reassures you that His banner over you is love? What Scriptures might steady your heart and remind you that He holds you, tenderly cared for and secure in His embrace? That one day you will see Him face to face, that He will take you by the hand and lead you Home?
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