Genesis Challenge | Chapters 30-31: Jacob’s Family Troubles

Jacob’s family troubles often remind people of some kinds of complicated family life in the twenty-first century.   This section actually begins with 29:31, where Jacob ends up married to two women (sisters) and involved with two others. There is tension between the women, and between in-laws. Laban, the father-in-law, attempts to financially take advantage of Jacob, the son-in-law, but is out-maneuvered.   As you read, keep these thoughts in mind:

  • Why was Rachel so frantic to have children? How is her attitude toward child bearing different from many women today?
  • What significance did the names of each child have?
  • Why did God allow Jacob’s flock to increase at the expense of Laban? What did Jacob’s growing wealth permit him to do in the future?
  • What was the result of the covenant between Jacob and Laban in 31:43-55?

For your journal

As you work your way through this chapter, use these four questions as guides for discovery and personal growth:

  • Find at least one new fact.
  • Discover at least one cultural difference between times in Genesis and our own culture.
  • Pinpoint any faith principles you see.
  • Select one attitude, behavior, or action that you want to apply in your own life.

You will find it helpful to keep a journal or log to record your thoughts, questions, and findings. As you read, I hope you will join me in sharing some of what you are learning on the Aspect Ministries Facebook page: