Grace for Jacob & for Me | Digging Deeper

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Sermon from February 16, 2020

Have you ever been through some family drama? Good family, but deep issues? The story of Jacobs’s life should bring some comfort in showing you’re not the only one. We will see how the grace shown to Jacob & his family mirrors the grace offered to us today through Jesus.


  1. What do we learn about Jacob from his beginnings in Genesis 25:19-28? Do our sinful tendencies from birth define who we are through life?

  2. What does Genesis 25:29-34 tell us about Jacob’s character? How are you tempted at times to run ahead of God’s plan for your life?

  3. Genesis 27:1-40 tells the story of what may have been the world’s first case of “identity theft.” What is Esau’s reaction in verses 41-46?

  4. Jacob’s first encounter with God is found in Genesis 28:10-22. Compare this with the encounter between Nathanael & Jesus in John 1:43-51.

  5. Jacob’s second encounter with God is found in Genesis 32:22-31. What happens in Jacob’s life when he confesses who he really is? In what ways is Jacob forever changed by this encounter?

  6. In Genesis 35:9-15, what reminders does God give Jacob? In what ways do we need continual reminders of our new nature in Christ?

  7. In Genesis 45:25-28, what happens to Jacob’s spirit when he finally believed the truth that his son Joseph was alive? How does this compare with what happens to our spirit when we believe the truth that the Son (Jesus) is alive?


From the real-life stories of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob (and their family), we learn how man is weak and will fail at times but God will be faithful to all of his promises. Thank God for His faithfulness to you throughout your life, and pray for a heart of faith and obedience.


…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9
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