Jacob’s Family Drama

Jacob’s Family Drama

Study by Tom Allen
Commentary by Brett Younger

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Brief Description

This study follows the story of Jacob, one of the central characters of the Old Testament. Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the grandson of Abraham and Sarah. He was also the grandson of Bethuel, father of Rebekah and Laban. Bethuel is a lesser-known figure in the Bible, but that relationship became important as the story of Jacob’s life unfolded.

Jacob was later renamed Israel, “one who struggles with God and human beings.” He was the ancestor of the people of Israel. Struggles of one sort or another dominated his life and that of his descendants.

In Jacob’s family, God worked in the background, sometimes quietly, sometimes in direct and confrontational ways, to achieve a larger purpose. Often that purpose had a life of its own. The blessings and promises of God touched Jacob’s life and the lives of his extended family, despite his clever efforts to secure those blessings and promises for himself or the efforts of others to take those blessings and promises from him.

Sometimes we idealize the people of the Bible. We forget that, like us, they were flesh-and-blood human beings. They celebrated and suffered as we do. The narratives of the Bible, honestly and compassionately drawn, lift up those people not as ideals for us to mimic or caricatures for us to despise, but as brothers and sisters and ancestors from whom we have much to learn. In them, flawed though they were, the spirit of God chose to dwell.

In this study, we focus on the relationships in Jacob’s family. All of us have families. All families have strengths, weaknesses, conflicts, success stories, and unique relational patterns. The family of Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah, Rachel, and Laban is no exception. In their struggles, conflicts, and triumphs, we come to know ourselves. As they overcame, we too can overcome.

This is their story. It is our story too.

Materials Included
• 5 Sessions of Learner’s Materials
• 5 Sessions of Teaching Materials
• 5 Handouts

Sessions Included
1. Parental Favoritism
2. The Family Blessing
3. Conflict and Boundaries
4. Reconciliation
5. Closure

Age Group

1. Genesis 25:21-34
2. Genesis 27:18-41
3. Genesis 31:1-9, 17-21, 25-26, 36-42, 51-54
4. Genesis 32:3-32
5. Genesis 33:1-17; 35:27-29

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