Week 3: Genesis 26-50

Prepare these questions for Sunday, March 17, 2013.

This is a large section of scripture covering the lives of Isaac and Rebekah, their children Jacob and Esau, and their grandchildren.  Take note of both the recurring mistakes and the extreme acts of faith this family makes.

1. For each group or pair below, understand how they're related and at least one notable characteristic of their relationship.
Isaac and Rebekah
Jacob and Esau
Jacob and Laban
Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
Dinah, Simeon, and Levi
Jacob, Rachel, and Joseph

2. These chapters have some pretty impressive examples of family dysfunction.  Which of these instances stood out to you?  Why?  You might consider the favoritism of Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob's taking of Esau's birthright and blessing, Laban's dealings with Jacob, Joseph's relationship with his brothers...

3.  What happened to Joseph after his brothers sold him to slave traders?

4.  Do any of the people in these chapters make you feel sympathetic toward their circumstances?  Who and why?

5.  When and why do the members of this family call on or interact with God?  Can you relate to those moments in your own life?

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