JOSEPH’S BROTHERS REPENT
Key Verse: 44:33
“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.”
1. How wide did the famine extend? Why didn’t Jacob send Benjamin with them? What did Joseph think of when they bowed down before him? (9a) What does this show about his faith?
2. Why did he accuse them of being spies? What information about themselves and their family did they divulge? (6-13) How did he propose to test them?
3. What did they reveal about their burden of guilt? (21-13) How did their confession affect Joseph? Why? What additional anxiety did Joseph give his brothers? Why? (28)
4. What report did they give their father? What was their reaction when they discovered the rest of their money in the sacks? (29-35) What reveals the sorrow and fatalism in Jacob’s heart?
5. How did Judah persuade Jacob to send Benjamin? (3, 8-10) How did Joseph receive them and why were they so frightened? (15-22)
6. What serious problem did Joseph create for his brothers as they were leaving Egypt? Why? How did the brothers respond to the crisis? How have they changed? What was Judah’s plea? How was he changed? What can we learn from Joseph and from God of Joseph?
GOD WAS WITH JOSEPH
Key verse: 39:2
“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.”
1. Read 37:1-11.Why did Joseph’s brothers hate him? What was his home atmosphere probably like? How did God reveal to Joseph a larger purpose for his life? How was Joseph’s inner life different from that of his brothers?
2. Read 37:12-17. What errand did Jacob give Joseph? How did Joseph carry out the mission his father gave him? What does this show about him?
3. Read 37:18-36. How did Joseph’s brothers come to sell him to Midianite traders going to Egypt? What were the roles of Judah and Reuben in this crime? How did they explain to their father, and how did this affect his life? What happened to Joseph? (Ps 105:17,18)
4. Read 38:1-30. Why did Judah leave home? Describe his family life among the Canaanites. Who was Tamar? Why did Judah say, “She is more righteous than I…” (26) How does God use her to bring Judah back into the covenant history? (See also Mt: 1:2,3)
5. Read 39:1-10. How did Joseph rise to power in Potiphar’s house? What did he have to overcome? Why and how did Potiphar’s wife try to seduce Joseph? What did he tell her?
6. Read 39:11-20a. What happened one day? What happened to Joseph because of her lies? Read 39:20b-23. What happened to Joseph in prison? What difference did it make that “God was with Joseph”?
JACOB RETURNS TO BETHEL
Genesis 33:12-35 (46,47), Key verse: 35:3
“Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”
1. Read 33:12-20.What did Esau propose? Why did Jacob refuse? Where did he go? How did he establish himself there? (17-20) Why might he want to settle down there near Shechem? Why could this not be what God wanted? (31:13; 28:20-22)
2. Describe the event that forced Jacob to leave Shechem. (34:1-31) Read 34:30-31 and 49:5-7. How did Simeon and Levi displease Jacob? What does Jacob’s attitude at this time show about his change of character?
3. Read 35:1-5. What did God tell Jacob to do? Why? (28:13-15,20-22; 31:13) How did Jacob prepare himself and his family to meet God at Bethel? Why did no one pursue him?
4. Read 35:6-15. What did Jacob do when he arrived at Bethel? Why? Why did he name the place El Bethel? What did God say to Jacob? When had God said these things before? (32:28; 28:13,14)
5. What did Jacob do to show his love for God and his faith in God’s promises? (35:13-15) Read 35:8,16-29. What were the human joys and sorrows which Jacob experienced during these times? Learn the names of Jacob’s sons.
6. After Joseph was lost and found 20 years later, Jacob went to Egypt. Read 46:1-7,26,27. What was God’s purpose in sending Jacob’s family to Egypt? Read 47:7-10. What does Jacob’s meeting with Pharaoh tell us about his faith and life?
GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISE
Genesis 20:1-21:34, Key Verse: 21:1
“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.”
1. After the destruction of Sodom, where did Abraham go? Who was Abimelek? How did Abraham lie to him? What was the excuse he made? (20:11-12) How did Abimelek respond to God’s warning? How had Abraham misjudged him? What might Abraham have learned from this experience (17)?
2. Read 21:1-7. How does the writer emphasize God’s faithfulness to keep his promises? How did the birth of Isaac affect Abraham and Sarah? Why did Abraham circumcise his son?
3. Read 21:8-13. How might Ishmael have felt about the baby Isaac? What did Sarah tell Abraham to do? Why did this distress Abraham so much? What was God’s direction and promise? How did Abraham obey? Why was this necessary?
4. Read 21:14-20. How did God show his care for Hagar and Ishmael? How does this relate to God’s promise to Abraham? What did Hagar learn about God?
5. Read 21:22-34. Why did Abimelek come to Abraham? What did he now realize about Abraham (21:22)? How did Abraham behave differently in this second encounter with Abimelech (21:25, 27)? How can we account for this change in Abraham and Abimelek’s relationship?
GOD CALLS ABRAM ABRAHAM
Genesis 16‑17 Key verse: 17:5
“No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be
Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.”
1. Why did Sarai and Abram think it was reasonable, and even God’s will, Abram to take Hagar as a concubine? What problem arose in Abram’s family? What can we learn about God who helped Abram’s family and Hagar?
2. What do you think Abram’s life had been like during those silent years? How did God reveal himself to Abram again? In what respect had Abram’s faith in the almighty power of God been lacking? Why did God tell him to “walk before me and be blameless”
3. What was Abram’s response? Why did God change his name? What does “Abraham” mean?
4. How did God affirm and expand the covenant promises? What did God tell Abraham to do as a sign of the covenant? (9-14)
5. How did God bless Sarah? What was Abraham’s response? How difficult for him to obey? What can we learn in these chapters about God and his ways of blessing?
ABRAM AND LOT SEPARATE
Genesis 13:1-18, Key Verse: 13:15
“All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.”
1. Read verses 1-5. How had God blessed Abram in Egypt? What does this show about God’s grace? Where was Lot and how had he shared God’s blessings? What did Abram do when he returned to Canaan? What does this show about him?
2. Read verses 5-7. What was Abram’s relationship to Lot? What problem arose between them? Read 13:8-9. What was the unselfish solution Abram proposed? How had his attitude toward material things and people changed?
3. Read verses 10-13. How is the plain of the Jordan described? What is said about Sodom? What ominous hint is given about its future? Where did Lot choose to live? What kind of life was he looking for? How was Lot’s faith different from that of Abram?
4. Read verses 14-17. After Lot left, why might Abram have been sorry and discouraged? What promise did God again give Abram? What did he tell him to do? How might this promise comfort Abram? What does this teach about God?
5. Read 13:18. How did Abram respond to God’s promise? What does this show about him?
GOD’S CALL TO ABRAM
Key verse: 12:2 Name:
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.”
1. Read 11:27-12:1 and Joshua 24:2. What do we learn about Abram’s family? What was his life problem? What was God’s command to Abram? Why was it necessary for him to leave familiar and secure environment?
2. Read 12:2-5. What was God’s promise to him? What is the meaning of each promise? How hard was for him to believe in God’s promise? What was his response?
3. Read 12:6-9. Where did Abram and his family go? What was the Promised Land like? How did God help him? Where did he go and what did he do?
4. Read 12:10‑13:4. Why did Abram go to Egypt? Compare his motives in going to Egypt with his motives in going to Canaan. What was his plan before entering Egypt? How did it work? How did God help him? What did he learn from this experience?
A NEW BEGINNING
Genesis 8‑11 Key Verse: 8:1a
“But God remembered Noah….”
1. What does it mean that AGod remembered Noah? (8:1) How did the waters recede? (1-5) What does this suggest about God’s care for one man?
2. When did Noah come out of the ark? How long was he in the ark? (13-14) What did he do when he came out? What did God say? Had the devastating flood solved man’s sin problem?
3. How did God bless Noah and his sons? (9:1) How did he reestablish order (2,3)? How was the basis of this new order different from that of the original creation order? Why was it necessary?
4. Why did God try to teach that man=s life is valuable? In what ways did God teach men that human life is valuable? (4-6; 11-15; See Lev 17:11) Describe the covenant of life which God made with all living creatures. What does the rainbow teach us about God?
5. How did Ham violate spiritual order? What does God=s punishment of Canaan teach us about the importance o spiritual order in the family? (How did God fulfill this prophecy in his dealing with the Canaanites? (cf Lev 18:2,3; Jdg 1:30; Jos 9:27; 16:10)
6. What are the contents of chapter 10? What word are repeated in verses 5,20,31,32? How are these verses related to the Tower of Babel incident? Why did men build the tower of Babel? How did God deal with them? What does it teach about men and God?
WHEN GOD’S LOVE IS DOUBTED
Genesis 3:1‑24 Lesson 4
Key Verse: 3:15 Name:
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
1. Where does this conversation take place and who are the participants? Who is the Serpent and what is his nature? (Rev 12:7‑9; Jude 6; 2 Pet 2:4) How did he tempt her? (1)
2. Why was she vulnerable to his temptation? (2) How did Satan persuade the woman? (3-4) What was the woman’s attitude toward the fruit of the tree? (5) How did the man yield? How should he have reacted to the woman who gave him the fruit? What can we learn here about how to overcome temptation? (Mt 4:1-11)
3. What was the immediate consequences of the Fall? (7-8, Eph 2:1) What was the attitude of man toward God and woman, and that of woman? (10, 12)
4. How did God curse the world? (16-19) How are the curses related to God’s blessing on woman and man?
5. What are the evidences you can find in this chapter of God’s love for mankind? (9, 14-15, 21) What is humanity’s hope? (22-24, Heb 2:14,15 ; Ro 16:20) How did Adam accept God’s hope? (20)
GOD PLANTED A GARDEN Lesson 3
Genesis 2:4-25, Key verse: 2:8
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.”
1. Read verses 4-7. With which aspect of creation is Chapter 2 primarily concerned? How did God create man? Why was he necessary in the scheme of things? What is man’s source of life and value? What does it mean to be a living being?
2. Read verses 8-9. Why does the author refer to God as “the LORD God?” (Ex 6:2,3,7) Describe the garden. What do the trees suggest about man’s needs? Read verses 10-14. What do these verses tell us about God?
3. Read verse 15. What work did God give man to do? How does this relate to man’s mission (1:28)? Read verses 16-17 (Adam’s Bible). What did God command the man? Why do you think God did this? What attitude does man need to have to obey this command? (Ro 1:19-21)
4. Read verses 18-20. What was one thing in the garden that was not good in God’s eyes? What does this show about God’s love for and understanding of man? How did man co-work with God to be a shepherd and steward of the world?
5. Read verses 21-23. Why could no suitable helper be found among the animals? Describe the creation of woman. Why was she a suitable helper (18; 1:27)? How did Adam receive her?
6. Read verses 24-25. How did God confirm and establish the family? What commitment must man make to his wife? What does it mean that they become one flesh? (See Mk 10:6-9) What does verse 25 suggest about their relationship?
7. Summarize what this chapter teaches us about God, family, relationships, obedience, and happiness.