Bible Studies

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God."

John 1:1

 

Study Questions for THE PROMISE
Devoted Love!

Read Genesis 25:19-34

God’s Story

1.  In Genesis 25:19-21, what is the line of succession in the birth of Isaac?

2.  What future family conflict was announced to Rebekah according to Genesis 25:22-24?

3.  How were Esau and Jacob different at birth according to Genesis 25:24-28?

4.  In Genesis 25:29, what is Esau’s predicament?

5.  How was Jacob cunning in negotiating with his brother in Genesis 25:29-34?
My Story

1. What is your family heritage? Who were your grandparents? What traits have they apparently passed on to you?

2.  Is there conflict in your family of origin going back to your grandparents? Who seems to have been most caught in the middle of that conflict? How are they like Rebekah in Genesis 25?

3.  Think of your siblings or relatives. How are they each different from one another?

4.  What natural needs or cravings seem to drive you most in making compromises in your life like Esau in Genesis 25?

5.  In what ways are you able to negotiate for the things you want and need like Jacob in Genesis 25?
Answers to Last Week’s Study Questions (November 28)
THE PROMISE:  Impossible Hope! - Genesis 21:1-21


1.  In Genesis 21:1-5, what does God announce to Sarah and Abraham?
Answer: They would conceive a child.

2.  What was Sarah’s response to God’s announcement according to Genesis 21:6-7?
Answer: She laughed.

3.  In Genesis 21:8-14, what surprising thing did Sarah ask Abraham to do with Hagar4 and Abraham’s first son, Ishmael?
Answer: She asked them to leave.

4.  What life threatening situation occurred with Hagar and Ishmael in the desert according to Genesis 21:15-16?
Answer: They ran out of water.

5.  How did God respond to Hagar and Ishmael’s dilemma according to Genesis 21:17-21?
Answer: God provided them a well with water.

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