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.
- What happened when Rachel saw that she had no children?
- Now this is another small illustration that polygamy is really not God’s will. Pretty much everytime we see polygamy in the Bible, it’s connected to something sad. Here, Leah’s not feeling loved. And, the one who is feeling loved is not happy!
- She envies her sister and then she says something to Jacob. What does what she says say about about how she is feeling?
- How does Jacob respond? What does he teach us about God in his response?
- When Rachel heard that God was in charge of the womb, what should she have done? What did she do instead?
- As her servants start having children, what is Rachel really rejoicing in? Is she happy for the children or happy that the children are accomplishing something else?
- How does Leah respond to Rachel? One person sins, another person sins in response, and the cycle just keeps continuing.
- Finally, Rachel has a son. Joseph. As soon as she has this son, what does Jacob ask Laban and how does Laban respond? What has he learned and how? How does this connect back to the promise God made Abraham? In spite of all this family dysfunction, God is keeping His commitments!
- In the next story, Laban tries to cheat Jacob and what happens instead?
- We are seeing alot of sin and bad relationships and poor choices. In other words, we are reading about real life. But behind all this sin and these bad relationships and poor choices, God is on the move, accomplishing exactly what He promised He would. That’s hope!