Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Week 17: Genesis 27–33

We have transitioned now to the story of Isaac. This week, we focus on Rebekah's deception to secure the birthright for Jacob (Gen. 27). Then we looked at the ensuing consequences of those actions and the steps God took to grow Jacob in his faith

  • How can we get better applications of the Bible?
  • Getting better applications at the top-level, part 2 
  • Jacob and Rebekah deceive Isaac and Esau
  • Jacob meets God and receives the covenant promises
  • Jacob's time in Haran 
At-Home Skills Practice:

  • Step 1: Read through Genesis 37–50 at least twice this week. This is the account of Jacob and his family. Don’t forget that you can use an audio Bible to help you.
  • Step 2: We will focus our in-class discussion this week on Genesis 37. So you will want to meditate on the meaning of that part of the larger context.
  • Step 3: The story of Joseph (and the other patriarchs) is recounted in Acts 7. Read through that account. How did Stephen understand these Old Testament stories? Top level, middle level or bottom level?
  • Step 4: How is the story of Genesis 37 typically preached? Go online and do a quick search. Write down a few sermon titles or “main ideas” from sermons that summarize or illustrate common approaches to this passage.
  • Step 5: Evaluate: Do you think the common approach to the story of Genesis 37 reflects the big idea of the text itself (the author’s main idea)? Give me an idea of how you would preach this sermon based on your own study of the text.