IN THE BEGINNING- GOD! JACOB

Excerpt of Bible Study Questions from Sharon Durant, teaching on Jacob on 22 February

The life of Jacob crosses half of Genesis – he is born in chapter 25 and dies in chapter 49! He is a man well known to us by his deceitful name, Jacob, and God-given name, Israel. This study is going to focus on the earlier parts of his life and if you want to read them through in the weeks leading up to the Monday night zoom study, here are the Bible references for the main episodes of his life:

  1. Jacob is born (Genesis 25:19-26)
  2. The thing with the birth-right (Genesis 25:27-34)
  3. The thing with the blessing (Genesis 27:1-41)
  4. Jacob leaves home to find a wife (Genesis 27:42-28:5)
  5. Jacob has a vision of a stairway to heaven (Genesis 28:10-22)
  6. The thing with Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29:1-30)
  7. The thing with the sheep (Genesis 30:25-43)
  8. Jacob leaves Laban (Genesis 31:1-55)
  9. Jacob prepares to meet Esau and prays (Genesis 32:1-21)
  10. Jacob wrestles with God (Genesis 32:22-32)
  11. Jacob and Esau are reunited (Genesis 33:1-20)

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The life of Jacob is long with many twists and turns. Sometimes he behaves greedily. Sometimes he lies. Sometimes he prays. Sometimes he is cocky. Sometimes he is afraid. He is clearly not an example to follow, yet he is incredibly important because he is part of the family of God and a great-great-great-etc-grandfather of Jesus.

  • At his best, Jacob points to Christ.
  • At his worst, he points to us and our sinful nature.

(The entirety of this study is on GRACE PLACE)

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