Community Group Questions 3/25/12

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Sermon Title: Rescue, Part 2: A Repeal

Main Text:  Genesis 40, Galatians 3:13


  • God has gone to great lengths to help us understand the power of what happened on the Third Day when Jesus rose from the grave. He so desires that we grasp its meaning that He wove Third Day stories into the history of His people. This is intended for us to understand the full impact of the Third Day.
  • Story Summary: Joseph has been falsely imprisoned. One day Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker are put in prison. And one night they both have troubling dreams. The cupbearer dreams of turning grapes off of three branches into wine and putting the cup of wine in Pharaoh’s hand. The baker dreams of birds eating bread out of three baskets on his head. Joseph tells them that in three days the cupbear would be restored, but the baker would be killed in three days and hung on a tree where the birds will eat his body.
  • Similarities to Christ:
    • Joseph stands between two condemned criminals
      • one that ultimately will be condemned to death
      • one that will ultimately find life
    • There are two men with Joseph and a cupbearer
      • both have dreams about their elements: bread and wine
      • The dream about wine, Joseph promises him life
      • The dream about bread represents the bakers body, that will be hung on a tree
      • on the night Jesus was betrayed...
        • he took the cup of wine in his hand, and told them it represented a covenant, a promise that will bring them life
        • he took the bread and told them it represented his body, that would be broken. Specifically, it would be hung on a tree
    • After He died, Jesus was in the pit for three days.
  • There is evidence in Egyptian literature that on the Pharaoh’s birthday celebration he would pardon a prisoner. It seems likely that this is why that detail is included in the text in Genesis. It gives the basis of why one man went free.
    • This is also an interesting parallel to Christ. It was also traditional at the time of Passover that one prisoner was pardoned. They chose to pardon a notorious criminal rather than innocent Jesus.
  • The Third Day represents a day when a death sentence was repealed.
    • In the Joseph story, one of the third day one of the prisoners went free.
    • In Jesus’ story, when he rose again from the grave, we all went free.
  • The Third Day represents a repeal of a death sentence, which means life for all of us.
  • As believers we can operate as people who have been given life.
  • This transforms our view of death.  Heaven changes everything.
    • We don’t mourn like those who have no hope.
    • The sting has been taken out of death, we have nothing to fear.
    • We can give use this life for God, because Jesus has gone to prepare an eternal home for us. As Paul said, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
  • Jesus has come to give us life and give it to us abundantly. We can love God’s law (Psalm 119), because we begin to realize, in faith, that it will bring us life. This is contrary to the world’s view that God’s law holds back life.

Key Questions:

  1. What is the first thing that jumps out at you from this passage?
  2. Put yourself in the shoes of the cupbearer, what would it feel like to get that interpretation to your dream?
  3. Put yourself in the shoes of the baker, how would it feel to get the interpretation of that dream?
  4. In what ways should we feel similar to how the cupbearer must have felt?
  5. What are the similarities of the story in Genesis 40 to the life of Jesus?
  6. What is our crime and sentence that was repealed by what Jesus accomplished on the cross and finalized on the Third Day?
  7. On the Third Day, Jesus repealed our sentence giving us life eternally in heaven. Why is it sometimes difficult to believe in heaven?
  8. Read Genesis 2:8-15 and 3:17-19. God put Adam in the garden to enjoy cultivating it, and it wasn’t until sin that humanity’s attempts at productivity would be stifled. With that knowledge, what do you imagine activity will be like in Heaven?
  9. Read John 14:1-3. The God who invented everything and made it good, is preparing a place for His children. What are the possibilities of what heaven itself will be like?
  10. Read Romans 8:18-22. All creation, including our own bodies groan waiting for to be recreated in Heaven. What do you think it will be like to be in a body and a new creation not cursed by sin?
  11. How should the promise of heaven affect our everyday lives?

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