Describe Jacob and Esau’s relationship. Why do you think that it took the form that it did?
What are some of the most concerning behaviors that you observe in each of these people over the course of these chapters?
Why do you think that Esau decides to trade his birthright for stew? What does this tell us about him? (His character, priorities, wisdom, spiritual maturity, etc.)
Why do you think that Jacob follows Rebekah’s counsel, and goes about deceiving his father? What does this tell us about him? (His character, priorities, wisdom, spiritual maturity, etc.)
What does this passage teach us about hamartiology (the doctrine of sin)? What can we learn about:
-The nature of sin?
-The effects of sin, on us and those around us?
-How sinners respond when they are exposed?
-How we should respond to sin in our lives?
What does this story teach us about the faithfulness of God? How do we see God’s grace and compassion on display in it?