As we’ve journeyed through Genesis, we’ve discovered an incredibly loving God. His heart of heaven-born love flows freely to His children. The stories in Genesis are stories of a persistent God who never gives up, even when His children rebel against Him. His love reaches out to them even when they aren’t reaching out to Him. The God of Genesis is a God of limitless love, boundless compassion, and abundant forgiveness. The story of Jacob reveals God’s amazing grace.
1. After Isaac promised to bless his eldest son, Esau, what horrible sin did Jacob commit as his father was dying?
“Jacob said to his father, ‘I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me’” (Gen. 27:19).
Jacob pretended to be Esau to _______________ his father and claim ________________ blessing.
2. Why did Jacob lie to his father? List at least two possible motives.
__________________________________________ and ____________________________
Selfishness and greed lead people to do things they never thought they’d do. Jacob paid a terrible price for his sin. Filled with guilt and shame, he fled his homeland. He thought constantly about the terrible sin of lying to his own father when Isaac was dying. Jacob’s sin brought him mental anguish, inner conflict, and emotional pain.
It also tore his family apart. Jacob never saw his parents again, and it was 20 years before he saw his brother, Esau.
3. What three assurances did God give Jacob in the midst of his guilt?
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you”(Gen. 28:15).
I will ____________________________ _______________________ wherever you go,
I will ________________ ___________________ ___________________ to this land,
I will not ____________________________________________________________ you.
4. After 20 years of self-imposed exile, Jacob decided to return to his homeland. When Jacob received word that Esau was approaching with his fighting men, what was Jacob’s response?
“So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies” (Gen. 32:7).
Jacob was _______________________ ___________________ and ___________________.
5. Jacob was a shepherd, not a warrior. In his distress he turned to God in prayer. Suddenly he found himself in a desperate struggle with a Stranger. What was Jacob’s prayer of desperation?
“Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day…. And [the Man] said, ‘Let Me go, for the day breaks.’ But [Jacob] said, ‘I will not let You go unless You bless me!’” (Gen. 32:24-26).
“I will not ___________ _____________ _____________ unless You _______________me!”
6. Why did God honor Jacob’s prayer?
“And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed’” (Gen. 32:28).
Jacob struggled with ______________ and with ________________ , and ___________________.
Prevailing prayer makes a difference. God honors our perseverance in prayer. Persistency prepares our hearts to receive God’s blessing. It deepens our desire to know God’s will and experience His presence.
7. What miracle did God work because of Jacob’s earnest prayer?
“But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept” (Gen. 33:4).
Describe the miracle God wrought in Esau’s heart in your own words.
God changes hearts through prayer. God heals relationships through prayer. God brings families together through prayer.
8. How are Jacob’s prayer life and Jesus’ prayer life similar?
“Then Jacob was left alone …” (Gen. 32:24)
“For you [Jacob] have struggled with God” (Gen. 32:28)
“And it happened, as He [Jesus] was alone praying” (Luke 9:18)
“Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear” (Heb. 5:7)
They both sought time ________________________with God.
They both _________________________________God with all their hearts.
When we are faced with apparently unsolvable problems and overwhelming challenges, as we persevere alone in prayer, God will answer from heaven. He has not left us alone; we are His children. In times of crises, shallow, superficial prayers will not do; but persevering, prevailing prayer will move the arm of God.
Are you facing some overwhelming challenge in your life? Seek God in prayer; don’t give up. Persevere and God will work a miracle in your life as He did in Jacob’s.
Next month’s Bible study, “Deliverance in Trial,” will feature the story of Joseph.
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