Summary of passage: Genesis 25:27-34: Esau became a hunter while Jacob stayed home. Isaac loved Esau while Rebekah loved Jacob more. Esau sold his birthright for a meal, implying he despised his birthright.
8a) Who wouldn’t? From Question 6 from yesterday, we learn the birthright entails in this case the promise of Abraham which is having nations bow down to you, be lord over your brothers and all your relatives and others, and may those who despise you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed. Deuteronomy says the firstborn should receive a double share and is the sign of his father’s strength. Jacob would be the chosen one of God to perpetuate His nation. Sign me up, too!
b) As we explored in 7d yesterday as well, we learn Esau does not have a heart for God. He marries Canaanite women (Genesis 26:34–notice not one woman but two which is not what God desires for man). He despises his birthright (Genesis 25:36) while Jacob embraces it. And we see that Jacob will do anything (nothing morally right) but anything to receive the blessing. So he desires it. And we must assume both Esau and Jacob knew the heavy expectations with this birthright.
It’s like in our day. Those who persevere and desire something the most usually achieves it. Although the methods Jacob employed did not sit well with God, God chose Jacob anyways. Because of his heart. God chooses. Not us.
c) Abraham lacked faith in God’s promise of a son, believing Sarah was incapable of having a child, so he had a child with Hagar. I’m not quite sure if Jacob ever had unbelief. He believed he had the birthright already and he did what he had to do in order to receive it. I’m assuming BSF is looking for some answer like this, “Well, if Jacob would have waited God would have given him the birthright anyways.” True. But he wouldn’t have received it from Isaac on earth. And I’m not sure if unbelief was the motivation behind Jacob’s actions. It’s a stretch in my opinion.
9a) Our inheritance is to be like Jesus, to live a Godly-life, following God’s laws, and to do His work set before us. Some Christians don’t like having to live up to these higher standards so they follow the world instead of God’s word and God’s will for their life. They think it unfair despite what Jesus did for us on the cross. So they chose to ignore God and listen to the devil instead.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I do my bible study every day. I pray. I try to do God’s will in my life. I try to be more like Jesus every day. I take my God-given purpose seriously. I try to show Him the best I can.
10) They are adopted as sons of God. They have divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. We have Christ indwelt through Jacob’s family and are reckoned with God.
Conclusions: Seems like this was an expounding of yesterday. It seems intuitive but a lot of Christians/unbelievers don’t grasp the concept: Christians are blessed; they are different; they do have a spiritual inheritance and spiritual advantages because of Jesus; and they do have a responsibility once Christ lives inside of them to make this world a better place.
Christians are set apart by God. They have a God-given purpose for their brief time on earth. It is our responsibility to act on everything Christ has done for us. It is our job to save as many people as possible. And rewards await us when our body gives out.
So what are you doing for Him today?
5 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 21, Day 4: Genesis 25:27-34”
Good comments today! Thanks.
You are a great inspiration in my Bible Study. Thanks for your input. God Bless and keep ya.
Only God can save….man cannot. Salvation is a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit.
Who’s WILL saves us? See John 1:13 No one comes to the Son, unless the Father
DRAWS them. John 6:44 & 6:65. Salvation is ALL of God, but we must speak the WORD
(Jesus) into people….God will use HIS WORD! ………I’m sure that’s what you meant.
Yes, Nancy, I thought the same thing. Hope atozmom is not putting pressure on herself to do any saving ! Only God saves whom He will (as this lesson says)
I understand and agree with what AtoZmom is saying. She wants to fulfill the Great Commission: “Therefore, go and make desciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always,to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 We are called to tell people about about God; whether people accept the call is between them and the Lord.