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Genesis 31:1-55

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 24th 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

At the start of this chapter, Jacob finds himself in an uncomfortable situation, with reasons to leave Laban’s house and country, and no reason to stay. And when God instructs him to leave, he obeys. But in response his uncle confronts him and we see the extent of mistrust that has built in this family. Throughout this chapter, we see plenty of examples – both to follow and avoid in our daily lives.

Application questions

  • What might God be loosening our ties to?
  • What should we be actively keeping our children from? (Are we as protective as we should be?)
  • Do our marriages model submission and sacrifice as the Bible instructs?
  • What are the idols in our lives, and in our homes?


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