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 surprising things does Jacob do when he sees his brother?
- What would you have been tempted to feel seeing Esau like this?
- What is Esau’s shocking response?
- How do you think this connects to Genesis 32:11?
- What does Jacob do now that is so different than how he treated Esau before?
- Jacob though the four hundred men with Esau were soldiers to attack him, but what did Esau want to use them for according to 33:15?
- Jacob did a lot of work to try to protect himself from Esau, but was all that work necessary in the end? How could Jacob have known this would have been the end, even before it happened?
- After leaving Esau, where does Jacob come? God’s kept the promise He made to Jacob back in Genesis 28. The name of the city where Jacob buys land and erects an altar is Shechem. Remember this name as it will come up again and again the story of Israel.