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02/13/13 – “Patriarchal Period” – Stones into Bread



The Chronological Method of Bible Study


Tuesday in the Truth

February 12, 2013


The Patriarchal Period

(Stones into Bread)


Wednesday in the Word

February 13, 2013

The Patriarchal Period

(Stones into Bread)



  1. The Patriarchal Period (root word is patriarch which means a father or founder of a race, family or nation). This stage is the founding of the nation of Israel (God’s chosen people).   God chooses Israel as a prototype to demonstrate His power and what He would do for any nation or people.  The Israelites are also referred to as Jews or Hebrews.
    1. The word of God gives revelation to the plan of God. (I Samuel 2:30)
    2. As believers or Kingdom citizens, we are adopted into a new family – the blessed family of God.
    3. God and His word, as Father and mother, give birth to the believer.  (I Peter 1:21)
    4. Connect to Abraham to connect to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29, Genesis 12; 1-3)
    5. Chosen and royal are characteristics of our new family.  ( Peter 2:9)
  2. The Patriarchal Period covers:
    1. Period: 2165 – 1894 BC
    2. Events: the beginning of the Hebrew or Israeli nation; the giving of the Abrahamic covenant (the covenant of blessing); the Jews and their move into Egypt; Job’s tests
    3. Books: Genesis 12-50; Job
    4. Main characters: The three main patriarchs – Abram, Isaac, and Jacob; Joseph, Job, Job’s three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and Elihu


  1.          I.            The importance of the word of God
    1. The standard of operation for the believer is the word of God which is the governing statue for the remainder of our life.
      1. Hebrews 11:1-3
        1. The Bible which is the word of God is the substance of things hoped for by the believer
        2. The word of God is the substance for change.
        3. God’s word contains the substance to create things.
        4. Psalm 145:5
          1. Works is the word things.
          2. Dabar (Hebrew) for speech, words, speaking or things.
          3. In the Word is substance to create things.
          4. I Samuel 3:12, 15-17
            1. God’s word has a dual meaning: word and things.
            2. Things are in the word of God.
            3. St. Matthew 4:3
              1. Satan knows the substantive power of the Word.
              2. The word of God is carries the power to change stones into bread.


  1.         II.            Presuppositions to Bible study
    1. We must believe that the Bible is the sole inspired revelation of the one true God; therefore, it must be interpreted in light of the intent of the original and divine author, the Holy Spirit, through the human writers.  What is God’s intent?
    2. We must believe that the Bible was written for the common person. The hall of faith characters in Hebrews 11 was all commoners. For example, Abram was a common man with common problems of faith. (God accommodates Himself to speak to us clearly).
    3. We must believe that the Bible has a unified message and purpose.  The Bible does not contradict itself.  Contradictory scriptures or subjects in the Bible only mean you need to do more research on the subject.
    4. We must believe that every passage has a central meaning based on the intent of God.  Everything written in the Bible has a reason.
      1. To determine intent:
        1. Search for types or themes (why God has chosen to express His message in this vein?)

·            Jesus never healed any two persons the same

·            Jesus touched lepers to heal them to express His love in human touch

·            Moses was instructed to strike the rock once to symbolize that Christ could only die once.

·            Moses was instructed to speak to the rock the second time to symbolize the power of the spoken word.

  1. Historical or specific settings cited in the writing

·            St. John 4 – Jesus converted all of Samaria through the testimony of one woman

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