Adoptive Spirit in Scripture


Wanted to cite a pattern in Scripture; the spirit of Adoption.



Old Testament ( OT )

  1. Genesis
    • Terah, Abraham, Sarah, Lot ( Genesis 11:31 )  [ Link ]
      • Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
    • Abraham, Sarah, Lot ( Genesis 12:4-5 )  [ Link ]
      • So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
    • Abraham and Lot ( Genesis 13:8-9 )  [ Link ]
      • So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.
    • Isaac, Rebekah, Isaac, and Esau ( Genesis 27:41-46 [ Link ]
      • When the words of her older son Esau were relayed to Rebekah, she sent for her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is consoling himself by plotting to kill you. So now, my son, obey my voice and flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
        Stay with him for a while, until your brother’s fury subsides— until your brother’s rage against you wanes and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send for you and bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?
    • Jacob, Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh ( Genesis 48:15-16 [ Link ]
      • Then he blessed Joseph and said,
        “May the God before whom my fathers
        Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
        the God who has been my shepherd
        all my life to this day,the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
        —may he bless these boys.
        May they be called by my name
        and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
        and may they increase greatly
        on the earth.”
  2. Exodus
    • Moses, Zipporah, Gershom Eliezer ( Exodus 18:2-4 )  [ Link ]
      • After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”; and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”
  3. Ruth
    • Ruth’s Loyalty to Naomi ( Ruth 1:15-17 )  [ Link ]
      • …“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; follow her back home.”
        But Ruth replied: “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn from following you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
        Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”…
  4.  Esther
    • Esther made Queen ( Esther 2:7 )  [ Link ]
      • Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.

New Testament ( NT )

  1. 1st Timothy
    • Paul and Timothy
      • Father & Son ( 1 Timothy 1:2 )   [ Link ]
        • To Timothy my true son in the faith
  2. 2nd Timothy
    • Paul and Timothy
      • Charge to Timothy ( 2 Timothy 3:10-11)   [ Link ]
        • You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured.
  3. Romans
    • Paul and Timothy
      • Fellow Worker ( Romans 16:21 [ Link ]
        • Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.


Referenced Materials

  1. Pastor Rick Warren
      • 3 Phases of a Paul and Timothy Relationship

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