Known – Part 2: True Identity

Known – Part 2: True Identity

Genesis 37:3-37

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (p.809)

  • My Identity Is In Jesus.

“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (p.884)

  1. Exchange your identity.

“Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe.” Genesis 37:3 (p.31)

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 (p.565)

“…throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24 (p.897)

  1. Be known

“When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance.” Genesis 37:18a (p.31)

“Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: ‘Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?’ Their father recognized it immediately. ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘it is my son’s robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!’” Genesis 37:31-33 (p.32)

“…and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.” 2 Corinthians 1:22 (p.882)

“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (p.833)

Series Memory Verse: “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” Psalm 139:1 (p.476)

My Next Step This Week:

_____ I will read Psalm 139 every day and prayerfully ask God to confirm my identity in Him.


One Thing: My Identity Is In Jesus.

Series Memory Verse: “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.”  Psalm 139:1
Bible References: Genesis 37:3-36

CONVERSATION STARTER

// Have you ever seen a family that played favorites with their kids? Maybe you have a favorite niece or nephew. Why is it that some people are prioritized over others?  

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

The land of Canaan was promised to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 17:8 (p.13) and to his descendants. After being reconciled with his brother Esau, Jacob returned to Canaan. En route, Rachel, Jacob’s wife died giving birth to Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother. Joseph, who is our main focus was born to Jacob and Rachel and Jacob notably favored Joseph because he was the living reminder of his mom, Rachel.    

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

// Read Genesis 37:3 (p.31). Exchange your identity.

  • Why is the Joseph’s robe important?
  • What is significant about the fact that Jacob made the robe for Joseph?

// Read Ephesians 4:22-24 (p.897). When we accept Jesus as the leader of our lives, our lives are changed.

  • What stops us from being wholly renewed in our lives and keeps us from slipping back into our old ways?
  • How can we let The Holy Spirit lead our lives the way we are meant to live them?

// Read Genesis 37:18a (p.31). Be known. Let others see Christ in you – even from afar.

  • How were the brothers able to recognize Joseph from a distance?
  • What can we do to ensure others recognize us as followers of Jesus?   

// Read 2 Corinthians 1:22 (p.881). When we accept Jesus as the leader of our lives, we have The Holy Spirit dwelling within us to help and give us a new identity in Jesus. 

  • What does Paul mean? How can you guarantee a promise?
  • What does it feel like to have someone keep a promise? What about breaking a promise?  

// Read Acts 4:13 (p.833). Peter and John were fishermen and would have had limited training in the Scriptures.

  • What is a time that you were astonished by someone’s boldness?
  • What can we learn from this verse to apply to our faith?

My Next Step This Week: I will read Psalm 139 every day and prayerfully ask God to confirm my identity in Him. 

DIGGING DEEPER

Symbolism in the Bible is very important in helping us understand what is happening in scripture. For example, the bread and wine in communion. The Bread represents the Body of Jesus broken for us and the Wine represents His blood shed for us (Matthew 16:26-27 – p.757).

The robe is very symbolic in scripture. There are 38 references to robes in the Bible. A robe generally symbolizes where their identity was.

Look at the following bible passages and look to see what the mention of the robe signifies:

Isaiah 61:10 (p.565), Matthew 22:11-12 (p.753), Luke 15:22 (p.798),
John 19:3 (p.827), Revelation 6:11 (p.952), Revelation 22:14 (p.962)

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