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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis 29

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read Genesis 29. Recall why it is that Jacob is where he is. For what reasons has he fled to find Laban? What is Laban’s relationship to Isaac (see Gen 24)?
  • Consider the events in vv. 1-14. What is significant about what happened? What was God’s role in these events? How is this leading to the fulfillment of God’s plan for and promises to Jacob?
  • Describe the scene in vv. 15-20. Why are each of these details recorded in light of the context of this story?
  • Describe the actions of Laban in vv. 21-30. What did Laban do to Jacob? Why is this ironic? How does this deception lead to the fulfillment of God’s promises and plans?
  • What attributes of the Lord are most on display in vv. 31-35? How is this a fulfillment of God’s plan and promises?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Summarize the main point of this passage in its context.
  • What does this passage teach us about the Lord and his promises? What response should that engender in us?
  • Consider how this should impact the way we view circumstances in our lives when we are deceived by other people for their own selfish ends.
  • What circumstances in your life does this passage bring to mind? How have you seen God use a similar situation in your life to accomplish his plan and fulfill his promises to you?