Main Theme: Jacob deceives and then gets deceived, thus learning what goes around comes around.
Read Together: Genesis 25: 21-34. Discuss the main theme of this passage.
Study: What qualities of Jacob predispositioned him to be more worthy than Esau of Isaac’s blessings?
Apply: Jacob wanted something good, something of value, and that was admirable (especially compared to his brother’s attitude). Yet, he used deception and lies to get it. How can we avoid falling into a similar trap of doing bad so that “good” may come?
Share: Your friend says its okay to tell a white lie in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Do you agree with your friend? Why or why not?
Read Together: Genesis 29:20-30. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: How and why does God allow for Laban’s deception? What lessons did Jacob learn?
Apply: How can we avoid justifying doing something bad so that good may come?
Share: Your friend asks if God let Jacob get deceived so that he would then realize and be convicted of his own lies. What do you tell your friend?
Read Together: Genesis 30:15-22. Summarize this passage.
Study: How are we to understand the meaning of what takes place here?
Apply: How does this story reveal that God’s purpose will be fulfilled despite human errors?
Share: Your friend asks why God was so good to Leah when Leah was deceptive? What do you share with your friend?
Read Together: Genesis 30:25-32. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What is going on here, and what kind of reasoning does Jacob use? What is Laban’s response?
Apply: Have you ever been cheated by an employer? How did you deal with it?
Share: Think of someone who would be encouraged by this week’s message. How can you share it with them this week?