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 does Laban say is the reason for his success in Genesis 30:27? What do his sons say in Genesis 31:1?
- What does God call Jacob to do at this point?
- How does Jacob describe the reason for his success in Genesis 31:4-7?
- How do Rachel and Leah regard their father in 14-16?
- Jacob flees from Laban. What does Rachel do as they are fleeing? How does Laban respond? What does God tell him to do when he catches Jacob?
- What complaint does Laban have about Jacob’s leaving in verse 30?
- God is protecting Jacob and his family, even as they are stealing and hiding idols. What does that tell you about the nature of God?
- What does Jacob say in verse 42 is the only reason he survived Laban’s mistreatment?
- What interesting name does Jacob give for God here?
- Laban was very angry with Jacob. Jacob had done wrong. But, God protects Jacob and in the end, Laban ends up making a covenant with Jacob and blessing his family. If you were part of the people of God, and you were reading this chapter later, what encouragement do you think you would find here?