Thursday, March 21, 2013

Genesis 32 - 33; Lesson 24

John's study this week:

(In your own words, summarize passages into sentences. Goal of 12 – 15 sentences)

Genesis 32

1. Genesis 32:1 – 2 Jacob traveled on when angels of God met him after which he named the place Mahanaim.
2. Genesis 32:3 – 6 Jacob sent messengers ahead to see his brother Esau instructing them to say to Esau that where he’s been and that he comes hoping to find favor in Esau’s eyes to which his messengers return to say that Esau is coming to meet Jacob along with four hundred men.
3. Genesis 32:7 – 12 Jacob divides the people into two groups that should Esau attack, half may get away then prayed for God’s protection from Esau even though God had declared to him that he would prosper Jacob.
4. Genesis 32:13 – 21 Jacob spend the night there then chooses to give a great gift of livestock (split into groups, one following the other with distance between) to Esau which he has his servants drive ahead and give as a gift to Esau so when they meet Esau he will pacify / feel favorable to Jacob’s coming.
5. Genesis 32:22 – 30 That night Jacob sent his family, servants and their possessions across the stream Jabbok and remained on his side where he struggled / wrestled with God throughout the night, after which Jacob would not let the man (God) go until he (God) blessed him, to which God caused Jacob’s hip to be wrenched, then changed Jacob’s name to Israel and blessed him there, but would not tell him his name, and Jacob (now Israel) called the place Peniel.
6. Genesis 32:31 – 32 The sun rose, Jacob limped and a tradition was born that Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Genesis 33

7.Genesis 33:1 – 3 Then Jacob looked up to see Esau coming with his 400 men so Jacob ordered his family and servants behind him then he, himself went ahead and bowed down to the ground 7 times as his brother approached.
8. Genesis 33:4 – 4 But Esau ran to Jacob, embraced him, threw his arms about him and kissed him and they both wept.
9. Genesis 33:5 – 7 Esau asked who were the people with Jacob who then answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.” And to which Jacob replied with introductions, each family member bowed down.
10. Genesis 33:8 – 12 Esau then asked about the gift of livestock to which Jacob and his brother bantered about keeping the gift and because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted, then Esau said,  “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
11. Genesis 33: 13 – 17 Jacob, for some reason, does not want his brother, or his brother’s men,  to travel with him, so he declines their offer stating that he is moving far too slowly, but promises to meet up in Seir, yet Jacob goes to Sukkoth (not Seir as stated) where he built a place for his family and shelters for the livestock.
12. Genesis 33:18 - 20 Then after Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city, and for a hundred pieces of silver bought the plot of ground where he pitched his tent, then set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.


(Summarize main groupings of thoughts. Goal of 2, 3 or 4 divisions. ID passages covered)

1. Genesis 32:1 – 21, 33:1 - 12 Jacob and his family travels back his homeland, reconciles with Esau and is welcomed.

Application: How are you treating your family, even though you feel distant too?

2. Genesis 32: 22 - 32 God wrestles with Jacob and in the end asks for God’s blessing.

Application: What struggles with the Lord do you find yourself wrestling?

3. Genesis 33:13 – 20 Jacob reconciles with Esau, but establishes new family homestead, just not too close to Esau.

Application: Do you find yourself sometimes wanting to start new, but want to keep your distance from your past?

Subject Sentence
(Summarizing the Divisions into one sentence – ten words or less):

Jacob is disciplined, reconciles with Esau, and wrestles with God.

(A main teaching point for the overall study of the passages):

TCTATS: To cause the audience to see that God’s plan will not be hindered by our actions and inactions but will provide us needed discipline.

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