Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Week 16: Genesis 25–26

This week, we arrive at the end of Abraham's earthly journey. We looked at the events of Abraham's life before his death, the birth of Isaac's sons, Jacob and Esau (Gen. 25), and the passing of the covenant to Isaac (Gen. 26). 

  • How can we get better applications of the Bible?
  • Getting better applications at the top-level, part 1 
  • Abraham's children from Keturah
  • Abraham's death
  • Birth of Jacob and Esau
  • Esau trades his birthright for stew
  • The covenant promises passes to Isaac
At-Home Skills Practice:

  • Step 1: Read through Genesis 26:34–33:20 at least twice this week. This is the account of Jacob and Esau and their rivalry. We want to read the entire story in its entire context. Don’t forget that you can use an audio Bible to help you.
  • Step 2: Write out a main idea sentence for this entire section (chs. 26:34–33:20). Remember to include its connection to the larger redemptive story.
  • Step 3: Create a brief (not detailed) outline of this section. How do these pieces of the Jacob and Esau story fit together?
  • Step 4: What repetition of previous stories we’ve covered in Genesis do you notice in this section? Make a list. Include references. Why do you think the author includes this information?
  • Step 5: How is the rivalry of Jacob/Esau used by New Testament writers? Include references. What do you think the top-level application is of the story of Jacob and Esau?