The text for this lesson is Genesis 29:1–30:24.
- Through Jacob’s family, God brought forth the Savior, Jesus Christ, who endured lies, deception, and the schemes of sinful mankind to work our salvation on the cross.
- Law: I sin when I lie or deceive others.
- Gospel: In spite of my sin, God blesses me with my family and all that I need and forgives me for the sake of His own Son, Jesus.
- If you could form the “perfect family,” what would it look like? Describe how people would live and interact in a “perfect family.” What would it take for you and your family to achieve this?
- Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Do all things work together for good in your family? Can you confidently and boldly say the words of Romans 8:28 in the midst of, or after, a family crisis?
- Jacob finds his future bride, Rachel, at a watering well, the lifeline for these shepherds and their flocks in the wilderness. According to Genesis 24:10–20, where did Abraham’s servant find a bride (Rebekah) for Isaac? In Exodus 2:16–22, where did Moses find his bride, Zipporah? How do these three stories point us to Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church? See Ephesians 5:25–30. How does Holy Baptism unite us to Christ, the heavenly Bridegroom? See Romans 6:3–4.
- In Genesis 25:26, Jacob received his name because he came out of the womb holding his brother’s heel. The name Jacob also means “he deceives.” Jacob had a history of deceiving his family members (his brother in Genesis 25:29–34 and his father and his brother in Genesis 27:14–29). How does Jacob’s tendency to deceive show the sin-infected nature that he inherited from Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:4–7, 12–13)? How did Jacob receive his “just deserts” in Genesis 29:15–25?
- How did God work “for good” (Romans 8:28) in this comedy of sinful errors known as Jacob’s family? How does Jesus, the Son of God in the flesh, redeem and sanctify Jacob and his family? Also see Matthew 1:20–23.
- Jacob the deceiver was himself deceived. What warning does this give to us as we perpetuate and endure lies and deceits in our own families? How do Jesus’ words in Luke 6:38 amplify this warning for us? How do James 5:16 and Colossians 3:12–14 help us break this cycle of sin in our families?
- How did our Lord Jesus Christ both redeem families and show God’s design for family life? Look up Luke 2:39–40; Luke 2:51–52; and John 19:26–27.