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Consequences of Sin

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14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. πŸ“šΒ Genesis 3:14-19 KJV

Introduction

I’ve been studying Genesis 3:16 passage for my Women of God series, but last night I was bombarded with more and more angles to look at that one verse, I decided it would be good to look at the whole of the punishment once again. One of the most fascinating things about the Bible (to me, at least) is the layers of symbolism that we can find within any given text. There is the literal meaningβ€”literally Adam and Eve were punished and expelled from the gardenβ€”but there are often spiritual or prophetic meanings as well. Let’s look back at this passage with that in mind.

Punishment for Men & Women

Most people read this punishment as something that literally happened to the first couple, but also, we assume all women receive Eve’s punishment and all men receive Adam’s. This interpretation is why I was studying the verse in the first place. It led me to some interesting finds.

Because I was focusing on verse 16, I started with word studies on sorrow and desire. The definitions I found for sorrow were exactly what I expected.[1] It was the definitions I found for desire that made me stop and think.[2] It’s not that I found some new meaning in the definition so much as the definition brought about a strange revelation. In order for something to be a punishment, it has to be a departure from what was before. When God said He was punishing Eve was painful childbirth, for it to be a punishment, it follows that without sin childbirth would not be painful (or possibly there would be no childbirth). So if part of her punishment is that her desire be to her husband, it follows that without sin her desire was to something (or someone) else… Reading the definition of desire made me really stop to think.

Desire can refer to longing or wanting both in a general sense or in a sexual context. The implication that it is a punishment for Eve’s desire to be for husband took me down the path of thinking about insecurities and the need for validation women often feel. So many people have labeled women useless or less valuable after a certain age and many insults to women reference the inability to get or keep a husband. However the implication is that desire for such a lifestyle is a punishment? I actually see two take aways from zeroing in on this oddity:

  1. Although Adam got himself in the situation by being a follower when he knew better, he was quick to blame Eve and likely blamed Eve for the rest of his life (I find it hard to believe that didn’t come up in at least one argument during their 900+ year marriage). To this day, men tend to blame women for various ills in the world. There is a wedge between the genders that should not be there. Perhaps the punishment is that after the fall men stopped or were incapable of giving the type of love to their partner God designed, hence why the woman desires it.
  2. The second possibility is that without sin, our desires were trained on the Most High. Neither male nor female needed validation from the other because they were whole and complete.

Punishment for All?

People always associate Eve’s punishment with women as a whole, but when I read Adam’s punishment it applies to both men and women. It’s not as though if a woman plants a rose it will suddenly not have thorns or that only men die. Perhaps in the days of the first couple Adam did all the gardening while Eve watched over the children, but as time went on, in particular after the flood when we know people were also consuming meat, we see women watering the flocks. Take it from someone who grew up on the farm, tending the fields is a lot of work, too much for one person. Adam’s punishment is technically applicable to women.

With that in mind, I realized that Eve’s punishment is also applicable to men. Sure, men don’t have to physically bear children, but are they not also grieved when their own offspring is lost or if their wife dies giving birth? Do they not have to survive whatever hormonal shifts occur within their wife during pregnancy? Similarly, Adam failed to lead when they were in the garden. He knew what was right but chose to do wrong. In forcing a wife to submit to her husband and giving the husband the right to rule over the house, God put pressure on men to make the right decisions. Not only is God calling them to step up and take responsibility for another person, but He also requiring them to be right in their decision making. There are verses in the Old Testament that state if a woman makes a vow but her husband doesn’t allow her to keep it, she is exempt. Meaning a woman is not punished for breaking a vow to God under the direction of her husband. This punishment frees women from certain responsibilities and places it on the manβ€”is that not indirectly a punishment to man?

Spiritual

Naturally, as I started to see how each set of punishment actually applies to both men and women, I started to think of it in Spiritual terms. In the Bible, the Church is often depicted as womanβ€”the most popular instance is as the Bride of Christ. In Ephesians, we’re even told that the wife represents the Church and the husband represents Christ. So let’s think of Eve as the Church and Adam as Christ.

Childbirth would then be the spreading of the gospel: planting new churches and passing the good news on to younger people. The husband ruling over the Church is of course the Messiah. While I would assume the Most High already ruled over the people before the fall, I would also imagine it was more friendly before they sinned. It is only post-sin that we see God’s wrath directed toward mankind or any sort of punishments. I imagine before the fall, Adam and Eve though lower than God, did not feel β€œruled” by anyone (after all they were given dominion over the planet).

Throughout the Bible, we are referred to as plants and allusions are made to us bearing fruit. After the fall, we are cursed. It is difficult for use to grow as healthy plants bearing good fruitβ€”we are more like thorns and thistles. Messiah has to work and cultivate us for us to bear fruit. Furthermore if sin had never happened, Messiah would not have had to die on the cross for us. Messiah is given an Earthly body which was made of dust and that body had to die and go back to dust (at least until He rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven). Messiah coming to Earth and suffering for us was a consequence of sin.

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1 Samuel 28-31: Saul’s Last Battle
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesPhilistineDavidWitchcraftSaul
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1 Samuel 25: Samuel’s Death and David’s Wives
1 SamuelChapter StudyAbigailRelationshipsWomenDavidSamuelMichal
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1 Samuel 23: David Saves Keilah
1 SamuelChapter StudyDavidBetrayalPhilistine
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1 Samuel 18-27: Saul Tries to Kill David
1 SamuelChapter StudyJonathanRelationshipsSaulDavidPhilistineMurderMichal
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1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath
1 SamuelChapter StudyPhilistineDavidNephilim and Giants
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1 Samuel 16: David is Anointed
1 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidSamuelRelationships
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1 Samuel 15: Saul Sins
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesSaulRepentance and ForgivenessSamuel
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1 Samuel 13-14: Saul’s Army
1 SamuelChapter StudyPhilistineJonathanSaulGenealogy
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1 Samuel 12: Samuel
1 SamuelChapter StudySamuelRepentance and Forgiveness
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1 Samuel 11: Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmmonSaul
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Jeremiah 1: Jeremiah’s Call
JeremiahChapter StudyDreams and VisionsProphecyJosiah
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1 Samuel 8-10: A King for Israel
1 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsProphecySaulLeadership
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1 Samuel 4-7: The Ark of the Covenant
1 SamuelChapter StudyPlaguesBenjaminPhilistineFalse Deities and ProphetsTemple Furnishings
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Ezra 9-10: Confessions of Sin
EzraChapter StudyRelationships
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Ezra 5-6: Darius’ Decree
EzraChapter StudyPassoverTemplePersia
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Ezra 7-8: Introducing Ezra
EzraChapter StudyLeviTemplePersia
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Ezra 3-4: Reconstruction of the Temple
EzraChapter StudySacrificeTempleTabernaclesPersiaTyre
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Ezra 1: Cyrus’ Decree
EzraChapter StudyBabylonCaptivityTemple
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1 Samuel 1-3: Introducing Samuel
1 SamuelChapter StudyPriesthoodHannahWomenIntercessory PrayerSamuel
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Revelation 2-3: The 7 Churches
RevelationChapter StudyEphesusSmyrnaPergamumThyatiraSardisPhiladelphiaLaodiceaThe 7 ChurchesProphecy
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Numbers 1-3: The First Census
NumbersChapter StudyAngelsIsraelDanJudahEphraimLeviRueben
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Deuteronomy 31-34: The Final Address
DeuteronomyChapter Study
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Deuteronomy 27-30: The Third Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyBlessings & CursesCovenant
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 3)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyTithesRelationshipsServants and SlavesSexual AssaultWomenCommandments
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 1)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyCommandmentsLawIsraelLeviFalse Deities and ProphetsCovenant
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Deuteronomy 1-4: The First Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyMoabAmmonFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsMosesRepentance and ForgivenessJoshua (person)
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 2)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsLeviPriesthoodIsraelJusticeJudgementTithesClean and Unclean
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Earrings, Piercings, and Christians
LeviticusAppearance
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Homosexuality in the Bible
LeviticusSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRelationshipsLawCommandmentsLove
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Leviticus 26-27: Consequences
LeviticusChapter Study
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Leviticus 24-25: Expectations & Appropriate Behavior
LeviticusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysBlasphemyLawServants and SlavesTemple
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Leviticus 21-22: More on Priests
LeviticusChapter StudyPriesthoodLeviRelationships
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Leviticus 19-20: Righteousness
LeviticusChapter StudyAppearanceCommandmentsLawSacrificeAdulteryWitchcraftFood and DietFeasts & Holy DaysJustice
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Nehemiah 12-13: Dedication of the Wall
NehemiahChapter Study
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Ezra 2: Those Who Returned
Chapter StudyEzraGenealogy
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Leviticus 23: Feasts & Holy Days
LeviticusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysPassoverDay of AtonementTabernaclesPentecost
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Nehemiah 7-11: Restoration of Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyTithesGenealogyRepentance and ForgivenessSalvationFeasts & Holy Days
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Nehemiah 4-6: Opposition
NehemiahChapter StudyMoneySatan
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Nehemiah 3: Rebuilding the Wall
NehemiahChapter StudyJerusalemWomenMessianic Prophecy
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Nehemiah 2: Back to Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyApologeticsJerusalemLeadershipPersia
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Nehemiah 1: Who is Nehemiah?
Chapter StudyNehemiahJudahPersiaCaptivityJerusalemLeadership
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Esther 8-10: Purim
EstherChapter StudyPurimFeasts & Holy Days
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Esther 6&7: Victory
EstherChapter StudyWomenPersiaIrony
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Esther 3-5: The Threat to the Jews
EstherChapter StudyWomenFastingRacismGenocide
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Esther 2: The Rise of Queen Esther
EstherChapter StudyBenjaminWomenPersia
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Leviticus 17-18: Immorality
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeFalse Deities and ProphetsSexual Imorality
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Leviticus 16: Atonement
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeFeasts & Holy DaysSabbath
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Leviticus 14-15: Unclean Buildings & Unclean Flesh
LeviticusChapter StudyClean and Unclean
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Leviticus 13-14: Skin Diseases & Leprosy
LeviticusChapter Study
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Leviticus 11-12: Clean and Unclean
LeviticusChapter StudyClean and UncleanFood and Diet
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Leviticus 8-10: The Priesthood
LeviticusChapter StudyPriesthoodSacrifice
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Leviticus 6-7: Offering Laws
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeLawAaronPriesthood
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F.E.A.S.T. Method
PsalmsStudy the WordFaith
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The Unnamed Concubine
Character StudyJudgesWomenSexual Assault
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Numbers 6: The Nazarite Vow
NumbersChapter StudySamsonJohn the BaptistOaths and VowsSamuelFastingClean and UncleanPaul
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Judges 19-21: A Call to War
JudgesChapter StudySexual AssaultWomenLeviBenjamin
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Judges 17-18: Micah and the Tribe of Dan
JudgesChapter StudyDanMoneyLeviFalse Deities and ProphetsTheft
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Judges 13-16: Samson
JudgesChapter StudyRelationshipsSamsonWomenPhilistineOaths and VowsDan
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Judges 10-12: Jephthath
JudgesChapter StudyAmmonEphraimOaths and Vows
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Judges 9-10: Abimelech
JudgesChapter Study
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Judges 6-8: Gideon
JudgesChapter StudyManassehMidianAmalakitesHoly SpiritEphraim
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Judges 4-5: Deborah, Jael, and Barak
JudgesChapter StudyDeborahWomenLeadership
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Judges 3: Othniel and Ehud
JudgesChapter StudyCanaanFalse Deities and ProphetsRelationshipsCaptivityBenjaminMoabAmalakites
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Judges 2: Provoking God
JudgesChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsCanaan
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Judges 1: Judah’s Conquest
Chapter StudyJudgesCanaanJudah
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2 Samuel 21-24: Contradictions on David's Final Days?
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidSaulDoctrinePhilistine
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2 Samuel 19-20: Israel and Judah
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidDivision of Israel
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2 Samuel 11-12: David and Bathsheba
2 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsAdulteryJudgementDavidMurder
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2 Samuel 5-10: David’s Military Success
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidRelationshipsMessianic Prophecy
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2 Samuel 1-4: After Saul’s Death
2 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidDivision of Israel
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Do Not Bear False Witness
CommandmentsFalse Deities and ProphetsLaw
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Do Not Take the LORD’s Name in Vain
CommandmentsDeuteronomyExodusNames of GodBlasphemy
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Do Not Steal
DeuteronomyExodusCommandmentsLawTheft
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Do Not Covet
CommandmentsExodusDeuteronomyCovet
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David
Character StudyRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesPsalms
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Amnon
2 SamuelCharacter StudyDavidTamarSexual ImoralitySexual Assault
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Absalom
2 SamuelCharacter Study
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2 Samuel 13-19: Absalom’s Coup
Chapter Study2 SamuelDavidRelationshipsTamarWomenSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRepentance and Forgiveness
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Deuteronomy 28: The Curse of Israel & The Black Israelite Theory
DeuteronomyChapter StudyRacismIsraelGenealogy
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Tamar, daughter of David
Character StudyTamarWomenSexual Assault2 Samuel
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S.O.A.P. Method
ExodusTithesMoneyStudy the Word
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Keep the Sabbath Holy
SabbathCommandments
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Leviticus 1-6: Offerings
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeOaths and Vows
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You Are What You Eat: Colossians 2
Food and DietClean and UncleanColossians
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You Are What You Eat: Introduction
Food and DietClean and Unclean
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You Are What You Eat: 1 Timothy 4:1-7
1 TimothyTimothyFood and DietClean and Unclean
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You Are What You Eat: Isaiah 66
Food and DietClean and UncleanIsaiahProphecy
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You Are What You Eat: Mark 7:15
Food and DietClean and UncleanMatthewMark
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You Are What You Eat: Romans 14
Food and DietClean and UncleanRomans
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You Are What You Eat: Acts 10
Food and DietActsPeterDiscipleship
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Why β€˜The Bride of Christ’ is the Perfect Description
RelationshipsRevelationMessiahProphecy
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Acts 16: Timothy Was Biracial…Sort Of
ActsChapter StudyTimothyGenealogyCircumcisionPaulWomenBaptism
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Dinah
Character StudyGenesisWomenSexual AssaultDinahJacobLeahLeviSimeonYouTube
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Acts 15: Disagreements in the Church
ActsChapter StudyPaulPeterLeadershipCommandmentsSalvationCircumcisionRepentance and Forgiveness
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Acts 13-14: The First Missionary Journey of Paul
ActsChapter StudyLeadershipThe ChurchPaulGenealogyDiscipleship
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Acts 12: Peter, Rhoda, and Herod
ActsChapter StudyWomenPeterPersecutionRomeHolidayPassover
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Would You Rather?: Fatherly Treatment
Would You RatherEdomJacobJosephGenesisRelationshipsTheft
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Would You Rather?: Feed vs. Heal
Would You RatherSpiritual GIftsJohnMatthew
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Would You Rather?: Ask or Disobey
Would You RatherEstherDaniel
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Would You Rather?: Marriage vs. Singleness
Would You RatherRelationshipsLoveRepentance and ForgivenessHoseaPaul
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Would You Rather?: Betray or Deny
Would You RatherJudasPeterRepentance and ForgivenessLuke
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Would You Rather?: Rahab vs. Mary
Would You RatherRahabMary & JosephWomen
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Utopia
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