Bible Stories for Adults

Jacob Blesses Judah

Genesis 49:8-12

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    Bible Words to Remember:
      It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. Romans 9:16

Opening Prayer

Jesus' Parables (Matthew 13)
    Why did Jesus speak in parables?
      Matthew 13:10-16
    Were the people before Jesus unable to understand God's plan because they weren't faithful enough?
      Matthew 13:17
    How long had people been unable to understand the mysteries of God's plan?
      Matthew 13:34-35

God's Mystery (Ephesians 3)
    Who believed he was specially chosen to reveal God's mystery to the world?
      Ephesians 3:1-5
    Was he chosen for this task because he especially deserved it?
      Ephesians 3:7-9
    What is this mystery?
      Ephesians 3:6
    Was this inclusion of non-Jews an afterthought?
      Ephesians 1:4-5

Early Promises of God's Mystery (Genesis 1-12)
    Had God really planned to take the faithful to heaven since the beginning of time?
      Matthew 25:34
    How long did man wait before first hearing God's promise of saving grace through Christ?
      Genesis 3:15
    How did God reveal the mystery of His grace after condemning Cain for murdering Abel?
      Genesis 4:15

    What promise of grace did God give after destroying the wicked earth in a flood?
      Genesis 9:8-11
    What mark did God offer to remind mankind of this promise?
      Genesis 9:12-15

    What did man do next that invoked God's judgment?
      Genesis 11:4, 9
    What promise of grace did God give after scattering and confusing vain mankind?
      Genesis 12:1-3

The First Generation (Genesis 17:1-14)
    What did God do for Abram the year before Isaac would be born?
      Genesis 17:1-2
    What details did God give that explained the promise He had given 24 years earlier?
      Genesis 17:3-8
    What mark did God give as a permanent reminder of His promise?
      Genesis 17:10-11

The Second Generation (Genesis 17:12-21)
    Who would receive these eternal promises after Abraham?
      Genesis 17:15-16, 19
    Did Abraham agree with God's wisdom?
      Genesis 17:17-18
    Had God forgotten that Ishmael owned Abraham's legal birthright?
      Genesis 17:20-21
    What did the birthright mean to a firstborn son?
      Genesis 27:29
      Deuteronomy 21:17
      Genesis 27:4
    Aren't all of Abraham's descendants heirs to the promise given to him?
      Romans 9:6-9

The Third Generation (Genesis 27)
    Did God intervene in any way with the birth of the next generation?
      Genesis 25:21
    Did Isaac allow God to direct the covenant birthright of the next generation?
      Genesis 27:30-33
    When Isaac learned of his mistake, did he try to take back God's blessing and give it to Esau?
      Genesis 27:34-35, 39-40
    Could Isaac have been more careful and made sure the covenant promise went to Esau?
      Romans 9:10-16

The Fourth Generation (Genesis 29:31-30:24)
    Did God intervene in any way with the birth of the next generation?
      Genesis 29:31-35
    How did Rachel, the loved wife, try to affect God's plans for the covenant family?
      Genesis 30:1-8
    What did Leah think of her sister's tricks?
      Genesis 30:9-13
    Did Leah regret doing this when God opened her womb again?
      Genesis 30:17-21

Rachel's Sons (Genesis 35:16-18)
    What famous son did Rachel bear when she finally became pregnant?
      Genesis 30:22-24
    How did Jacob feel about this son of the wife he loved?
      Genesis 37:3-4
    What happened when Rachel had her second son?
      Genesis 35:16-18

Reuben, Jacob's Firstborn (Genesis 49:1-4)
    Did Jacob try to give the covenant birthright to his firstborn, Reuben?
      Genesis 49:1-4
      Note: No judge, prophet or prince came from tribe of Reuben; Territory taken by Moab
    What did Jacob refer to in his condemnation of Reuben?
      Genesis 35:22
    Was Reuben irresponsible as an eldest brother?
      Genesis 37:19-22, 29

Simeon & Levi (Genesis 49:5-7)
    Did the covenant birthright go to one of the next sons in line?
      Genesis 49:5-7
    What incident revealed Simeon's and Levi's violent sides?
      Genesis 34:1-2, 11-15, 24-25
    Jacob prophesied that the tribes of Simeon & Levi would be scattered in Israel. Did this happen?
      Joshua 19:1
      Joshua 13:33; 21:3

Joseph & Benjamin (Genesis 49:22-27)
    Did Jacob give the covenant birthright to his favorite son or his youngest son?
      Genesis 49:22-27
      Note: Joseph's fruit included Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah (judges) and Samuel (prophet)

    How did Jacob further bless his favorite son Joseph?
      Genesis 48:5, 15-16
    What did Joseph do when Jacob started to bless Ephraim over Manasseh, the firstborn?
      Genesis 48:14, 17-20

    How was the tribe of Benjamin later seen as a ravenous wolf?
      Judges 20:12-14, 21
    What happened to Benjamin as a result of this battle?
      Judges 20:46-48

Judah (Genesis 49:8-12)
    How did Jacob pass on the covenant birthright to Judah?
      Genesis 49:8-10
      your hand will be on the neck of your enemies (Ps 18:40)
      father's sons will bow down to you (2 Samuel 5:1-3)
      You are a lion's cub (Rev 5:5)
      scepter will not depart ...until Shiloh comes (Luke 2:1)
      Shiloh (Isaiah 9:6)
      obedience of the nations (Matt 28:18-20)

    How does Jacob describe the spiritual blessings and treasures brought by this scepter of Judah?
      Genesis 49:11-12
      tether his donkey to a vine
      wash his garments in wine
      eyes darker than wine, teeth whiter than milk

Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher & Naphtali (Genesis 49:13-21)
    What blessings did Jacob have for his six other sons?
      Genesis 49:13
      Genesis 49:14-15
      Genesis 49:16-18
      Genesis 49:19
      Genesis 49:20
      Genesis 49:21

Closing Prayer

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