Genesis 25 - 36


Life Group Study

As we continue our study of Genesis, the book of Beginnings, we see the focus changing.

The first 11 chapters had all of humanity in view. Beginning in chapter 12, Abraham and his descendants became the focus.

That trend continues in chapters 25 through 37 with Abraham’s son, grandson, and great grandsons — the beginnings of the nation of Israel. This family and their descendants will be the focal point for the remainder of the Pentateuch.

As you read the following sections, try to identify God’s fingerprints on the people involved and the situations they faced.

Read out loud: Genesis 25:19—28:9

Go around your circle and everyone take a turn answering:

  • If you had to describe the family dynamics of Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, and Jacob using a popular tv show or movie, what would it be?

  • How would you describe Isaac to someone?
    …Rebekah? …Esau …Jacob?

  • What similarities do you see between Isaac and his father, Abraham?

This family was dysfunctional on many levels and it continued on through the life of Jacob (Isaac’s son and Abraham’s grandson). In spite of their flaws, God accomplished His will through them.

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Group Questions

  • What does this tell you about God?

  • What does it reveal to you about yourself and your relationship with God?

Read aloud
Psalm 46:1-3 from The Message Translation:

God is a safe place to hide,

ready to help when we need him.

We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,

courageous in sea storm and earthquake,

Before the rush and roar of oceans,

the tremors that shift mountains.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,

God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

  • If you feel comfortable, share an example of how God faithfully worked in the past to accomplish His Will in spite of your challenges, character flaws, and shortcomings?

  • How is He working in your life today?

  • If you have trouble identifying how God is working in and through you, pray and ask Him to show you how and where He is at work in your life.