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Genesis 30:1-43

This study is part of our series of verse by verse studies of Genesis, the 1st book in the Bible. Taught by our pastor, Simeon Forder, at our Sunday morning service on the 17th March 2024.

About this book

Genesis is the first book in the Bible, and in its more than 1500 verses, there are over 50 prophecies, 100+ commands, over 70 promises, and almost 100 distinct messages from God. As well as recording the firsts of so many things — including the first marriage, sin, child, murder, death, laughs, tears — this book also explains God’s established order in all things; from creation to Israel, marriage to tithing, and all before the law is even mentioned. But ultimately, this book points to Jesus as our Saviour, not only in obvious ways, but in its smaller details too.

About this study

With Jacob having married two sisters, we see an intense rivalry between them, as they try to outdo each other in child bearing, and in doing so this reveals much of Rachel’s character in particular. Jacob also now wants to return to his homeland, but his uncle, Laban, convinces him to stay and work for him. But despite Laban’s attempts to come out on top, we see that God blesses Jacob in His endeavours.

Application questions

  • Are we pleased when others prosper, or do we envy them?
  • Are we setting our minds on things that are praiseworthy?
  • What will we do with all that God has given usWhy has God given us that which He has?


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