JACOB FORMS A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD/FINDING STRENGTH/WEAK MADE STRONG
Study Date: 18 Nov.18
Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22
KEY VERSE: “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again unto this land: for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” (Genesis 28: 15(
Wherever there is more than one, there will be human turmoil that make you weary and purposeless. God is our only way back on track when we reconnect with his spiritual mission with renewed vigor.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
1 Samuel 3: 1-9; 1 Kings 19: 4-9; Isaiah 40: 27-31; Hebrews 10: 19-25; Deuteronomy 14: 22-29; John 1: 47-51.
To consider how Jacob encountered God in spite of his situation.
To affirm that God’s strength is manifested in human weakness.
To make room in our lives for times of spiritual retreat.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Angels—messengers of God
Ascending—climbing up, going up.
Dreamed—had a dream.
Lighted—reached, met, entreated, made intercession, encountered.
Seed—0ffspring, fruit from, descendants.
Sleep—lie down, get some rest.
Spread abroad—distribute, spread out, share.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
Who was God communicating with to accomplish His goals?
How does Jacob fit into this plan of God?
What promise was God in the process of fulfilling?
What can we expect in terms of the presence of God?
How did Jacob gain access to the promise of God?
How does God provide us with divine protection and His presence?
THE SEED JACOB FORMS A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD/FINDING STENGTH GENESIS 28: 10-22
- Encountering God On The Run (Genesis 28: 10-11)
- Jacob was on the run toward Beersheba and Haran.
- Night came and he camped out.
- His pillows were stones and he slept on them.
- A Life Altering Dream (Genesis 28: 12-15)
- Jacob dreamed a dream of a ladder.
- The Ladder rested on the ground and reached to heaven.
- God stood above the ladder.
- God promised Jacob His presence and protection.
- Awakened to a New Life In God The Father (Genesis 28: 16-19)
- Jacob woke up acknowledging the presence of God.
- He feared God.
- Jacob woke up early and established an altar and called the place Bethel.
- Jacob Makes A Vow To God (Genesis 28: 20-22)
- Jacob made a commitment to God.
- God would be his God.
- Jacob would honor God for being his God.
When God is with you, you should throw yourself before God for His mercy. God will be with you and will help you. To experience the power of God, you must spend time with Him alone.
PLANTING THE SEED
Where was Jacob when he encountered God?
What time of day was it?
What did Jacob do in his distress?
Was Jacob able to sleep in the place where he found himself?
Explain the dream Jacob had.
What role did God play in the dream of Jacob?
What significance did the ladder have?
Did Jacob and God communicate?
What promise did God make to Jacob?
What happened to Jacob after his dream?
How did Jacob respond to the working of God in his life?
What is the significance of the name “Bethel”?
Discuss the commitment made by Jacob for the blessings of God.
NURTURING THE SEED
What difference does an encounter with God make?
Is there something special about what happens spiritually at night?
How should believers respond to what God is doing in their lives?
Are dreams and their interpretation important?
What is the significance of the symbols in dreams?
What happens when we acknowledge the working of God in our lives?
Are there special place to encounter God?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
Even when on the run, we can have an encounter with God.
Expect special things to happen during the night time.
Dreams are to be taken seriously.
When God works in our lives we ought to respond with praise and worship.
God’s promises are sure to come to pass sooner or later.
Believers ought to throw themselves on the mercy of God.
God loves us and is slow to anger but quick to be merciful.
The love of god endures to all generations.
WE must live in hope no matter what we have done.
The promises of God will come to pass when God’s time is right.