Genesis 35:16-29; Genesis 36:1-37:1; Acts 26:1-8, 26-29 Big idea: Jacob’s family (Israel) isn’t perfect, but it is the family of promise. Esau’s family (Edom) is blessed by God, but will continually reject the promise and the promised Messiah. This rivalry will continue for thousands of years, but God’s promise can never be broken. Sorry … […]
Key verse: Genesis 35:1 Genesis 35:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-25 Big idea: God has brought Jacob safely home, transforming him on the way. Now he is ready to enjoy worship, while being strengthened for the next chapter of his life. Like Jacob, Christians need to ‘return home’, that is, worshipfully reflect on Christ, so we may be […]
Key verse: Genesis 33:10: “If I have found favour in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favourably.” Genesis 33; Matthew 5:21-26 Big idea: Salvation is more than a matter between us and God. It is also […]
Key verse: Genesis 32:28 Genesis 32:1-21; Genesis 32:22-32 Big idea: All of his life, Jacob has struggled to achieve blessing, mostly through deception and cheating, yet now he finds the way to true peace through humility and prayer. VIDEO SERMON LINK
Genesis 31:17-42; Genesis 31:43-55 Key verse: Genesis 31:42 Big idea: It can be easy to stress about our safety, and hard to see how God protects us, but he does.
Genesis 30:25-43; Genesis 31:1-16 Key verse: Genesis 31:7 Big idea: Jacob and Laban continue with their scheming, but Jacob’s faith will result in God blessing him.
Genesis 29:31-35; Genesis 30:1-24 Key verse: Genesis 29:31 Big idea: This section describes the arrival of 12 of Jacob’s children. In this sense it’s a story of faith. On the other hand, it describes the rivalry of two sisters who look for love and children in the wrong place. Idolising human relationships will only lead […]
Genesis 29:1-14; Genesis 29:15-30 Key verse: Genesis 29:1 Big idea: Gods’ providence in providing for Jacob is clear, however, Jacob seems unaware of God’s hand, failing to ask, thank, or even mention him at all. He’ll continue to pursue his blessing in his own strength, which will lead to a hard lesson in trusting God.
1 Peter 1:17-25; Genesis 28:10-22 Key verse: Genesis 28:15 Big idea: Jacob is on the run from his brother, but experiences a divine perspective to his plans. His practical situation doesn’t change (he will still experience 20 years of hardship under Laban), but his motivation and ultimate goal do.
Genesis 27:1 – 28:9. Title Verse: Genesis 27:35 Big Idea: God’s good plans prevail even when our trust in him fails.