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.
Genesis 26:1-16; Genesis 26:17-35 Key verse: Genesis 26:24 Big idea: Over the last few weeks we’ve seen that Isaac is the inheritor of Abraham’s blessing. This week’s story confirms that Isaac receives the same promise, follows in the footsteps of his father, and receives the same blessing. Jesus as the true Israel will also experience […]
Gen. 25:19-26; Gen. 25:27-34 Key verse: Gen. 25:34 Big idea: God sovereignly chose Jacob over Esau, yet Esau takes no interest in the blessing that could be his and sells a place in God’s kingdom for a bowl of soup. If you’re a young person who’s grown up in the church, don’t disregard the […]
Genesis 25:1-11; Genesis 25:12-18 Key verse: Genesis 25:5-6 Big idea: Abraham has other children. Children who are blessed with gifts, longevity and prosperous nations, and yet the spiritual blessing will come only through Isaac. Within a few generations these nations reject God’s true blessing. As Christians, we have a role to play in blessing our society […]
Genesis 24:1-38; Genesis 24:49-67 Key verse: Gen. 24:48 Big idea: In this story, God doesn’t speak directly, but providentially aligns circumstances to achieve his purposes. For Abraham this meant he could send his servant out in confidence. For the servant it meant he had direction for his mission, for Rebekah’s family it meant they had […]