It is vital that we spend time in God’s Word.
But it’s not always easy.
We read a chapter and we don’t know what to get out of it or even how to start to understand it.
I thought I could try to help you get a little something out of what you are reading by providing you with some questions to ask as you look at the text. Good questions are a good start to understanding. Sometimes there will be more questions, sometimes less.
You can do this!
So, get a notebook, a pen, your Bible, and if you would like some help, take some time to answer the questions, and you may be surprised by all God teaches you.
- This chapter opens up with a fourth warning against intermarriage with the daughters of Canaan. Why do you think Moses might have especially wanted to highlight this for the generation who was entering into the Promised Land?
- After Isaac sends Jacob away, what does Esau do? How would you describe Esau’s attitude toward Jacob and toward his parents at this point? Remember that! Because we are going to see it changing in the chapters ahead.
- Jacob goes on his journey and he falls asleep. What happens when he does?
- What specifically does he see?
- This is a spot where heaven and earth seem to meet. In a sense, that’s what is supposed to happen for Israel! God is going to walk in their midst. At this spot, God makes a promise to Jacob. It’s the same promise He made to Abraham. Now, was Jacob a good guy? Not really. But, even his sinfulness couldn’t stop God’s faithfulness to His promise to Abraham.
- What does Jacob say about the spot he was sleeping when he wakes up and what does he do?
- What promise does he make to God at the end of the chapter?