We’re constantly blown away at the ways God uses this site to equip and encourage, challenge and engage with girls just like you from around the globe. You’re the reason why our team of bloggers sits down to write. We want to create posts that help you abandon lies and live out God’s truth.
But for the next two weeks, we won’t be talking about God’s Word here on the blog. We will be opening God’s Word together in our very first LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com Bible study. Why? Because we believe this with all of our hearts:
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:11).
God’s Word is always, always, always fruitful.
We want to set aside these weeks to press pause on our words and highlight God’s Word. We will spend this week looking at the lives of four Old Testament women with a goal of finding the gospel woven into their stories. We will spend next week looking at the lives of four New Testament women with the same goal.
Much of the content from this online study comes straight from two new Bible studies I just released this month, A Beautiful Story and Beautiful Encounters. You don’t have to pick up a copy of the books to participate, but if you want to dig deeper, here are the links for more info:
A Second Look at Eve
Eve may be the most well-known and most misunderstood woman in all of Scripture. Maybe you associate her story with sin and the Fall. But what if her story (and your story) are really about the gospel?
If you grew up in the church, “gospel” is likely a word you’ve heard many times before. But what is the gospel, exactly?
It seems misunderstanding the basics of the gospel is not a new problem. Paul wrote these words to the church in Galatia. These were Christians who seemed to be struggling to understand the gospel. Paul’s prayer for these believers was that they would have a clear understanding of the gospel. I am praying the same thing for you.
With your Bible open to Galatians 1:6–9, ask yourself these questions. You might want to record your answers in a journal.
What clues do we find about the definition of the gospel from this passage?
According to verse 7, how many versions of the gospel exist?
Paul corrected the Galatians because they were wrongly believing other gospels, then he stopped in his tracks and wrote, “not that there is another [gospel]” (v. 7). There is only one gospel. If we keep reading this verse we discover it is “the gospel of Christ.”
I like how pastor Tim Keller sums it up:
The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.
If the gospel were a math equation, we could write it like this: Christ’s sacrifice > our sin.
Back to the Beginning
Where does the story of the gospel begin? You might think the answer is Matthew 1, the beginning of the New Testament where we first read about the birth of Jesus. But the message of the gospel actually goes all the way back to the beginning, back to Eve. The truth of the gospel arrived on the scene shortly after Jesus spoke the world into existence.
Read Genesis 3:1–7.
The gospel reveals that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Here we see that truth on full display. Eve sinned by taking the forbidden fruit and disobeying God’s law. As daughters of Eve, we repeat her mistakes through the generations. But the gospel gives us hope.
What did God do for Eve in Genesis 3:21?
He clothed her! This is a beautiful picture of the gospel.
Look up one final verse, Isaiah 61:10. What does God clothe His people in?
As His children, we wear “garments of salvation” and “the robe of righteousness.” Eve’s story is our story. She sinned, and God clothed and cared for her. We sin, and He still gives us clean garments that we don’t deserve and welcomes us into His kingdom.
Because of this, Eve’s story is not about her sin but about her rescue. Just like your story is not about your sin but about your redemption by a God who has always had you on His mind.
Time to Talk Back
I wish we were having this Bible study together in my living room! If we were, this is the moment when I would pull out a tray of warm chocolate chip cookies and ask you to tell me what the Lord showed you about Himself through His Word. ’Fraid I can’t upload warm cookies through this blog (darn!), but we can talk to each other about the Bible and how God is using it to mold and shape us.
Please leave me a comment below telling me two things:
- Will you join our LYWB.com Bible study on the blog for the next two weeks? You don’t need a copy of A Beautiful Story or Beautiful Encounters to participate. Just you and your Bible.
- How would you define the gospel? (No Googling!) It’s okay if you struggle. The gospel is a big idea!
I’ve got a signed set of both Bible studies to give away each day of our online study. At the end of next week, I will randomly choose a commenter from each day to receive both books. So leave a comment, keep your Bible handy, and make plans to meet me right back here tomorrow as we look at how Hagar’s story points to Jesus.