"This story is shameful."


Reading Genesis

What to know "Aib" (shame in Arabic) is a huge topic in Muslim communities. In hearing the story of Jacob, your friend might feel disgust and indignation at the behavior of Esau, in ways that go beyond what Western reader can easily connect with. Listen as your friend shares his or her reaction. What to say Share Hebrews 12:16 with your friend. The holy Injil speaks against Esau's behavior for his willingness to only think about temporary pleasure, rather than permanent honor and position being offered by his father. To Esau, the present mattered more than the future: Even if the present only offered a bowl of soup, and the future offered full inheritance. Move forward to reading Luke 15:11-32 together, the story of the Prodigal Son. How is the boy in this story like Esau? How does his sin even surpass Esau's? How does the father in al-Masih's parable respond? Is it easy or difficult to think of the love of God in this way? Listen as your friend considers these two stories of inheritance, contempt, and shame. Share your testimony if God opens the door!

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God. 

   

[II Corinthians 5:20]

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