- Whom did Jacob want
- What was the
agreement Jacob initially made with Laban?
- How did Jacob end up
- How long did Jacob
have to wait before marrying Rachel? (notice the
custom of the week of feasting associated with
the marriage. We see something similar in Judges
- What did Jacob have
to agree to do in order to marry Rachel?
- What do you think
Laban's real motive was in giving Leah to Jacob
first without explaining the custom to Jacob
ahead of time?
- Compare the physical
appearance of Rachel and Leah based on 29:17. You
might want to compare a few different
- Who had compassion
- Who was it that
determined that Leah would have children?
- With each of the
first four children Leah bore, she hoped that
Jacob would respond by loving her. What did the
names Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah mean?
- When Rachel became
desperate (30:1), what was Jacob's response?
- What were the things
that motivated Rachel so desperately?
- What plan did Rachel
devise to get credit for giving Jacob children?
- Name the next two
children. What did "Dan" mean, and
what was the signifance in Rachel's mind?
- Leah followed after
Rachel's example. Name the next two children.
- Mandrakes were
considered an aphrodisiac and perhaps capable of
enhancing fertility. When Rachel saw Reuben with
mandrakes, naturally she supposed they might help
her. But when she asked Leah for some of them,
Leah's reaction reflected her bitterness at being
bested by her younger sister in the competition
for Jacob's affection. As a result of this
particular incident, who conceived? Name the next
three children to be born.
- Finally, Rachel gives
birth to whom.
- Later Rachel will
also give birth to Benjamin, 12 sons and one
daughter for Jacob. In a story of naturally
understandable human rivalry and emotion, we see
God's hand at work. What was God accomplishing
through these events in connection with his
promises to Abraham?
- Go to http://www.geocities.com/centrevillechurchofchrist/smelser_j/geneal2.htm and practice filling
in the names in the proper places. To see the
correct name for a given box, use your mouse to
point the cursor at the box.