Bible Study Questions

 

Greetings in the Lord Brothers and Sisters!  We are currently in GENESIS Chapter 15.  You will find questions for our next Bible study session (Chapters 16, 17 and 18) below.  For those who need to catch up you can, but, not necessary read the previous chapters and review the questions as part of any catch-up work you would like to do.  ALL are welcome to come and study the word of God!

THE BOOK OF GENESIS

Bible Study Questions:

Taken from “the Book of Genesis – the smart guide to the Bible by Joyce L. Gibson

Genesis 1:

1. What insights into GOD’s character do you get from Genesis 1?

GOD existed before he created the universe. He has power to speak, to bring order out of Chaos, and to create. He is the GOD of power, order, incredible variety, and beauty. He set in motion natural laws that govern the universe. He made man and woman in his image – with the capacity to know him and communicate with him. They could think, feel, choose, and bring him pleasure. (Genesis 1)

2. What do the heavens revel about GOD?

The heavens display GOD’s glory, power, and immensity. He is knowable, yet far beyond our capacity to understand and measure. (Genesis 1:14-19, Job 11:7-8)

3. In what ways did GOD’s creation of man and woman differ from his creation of other parts of the universe?

GOD made all parts of the universe, including a large number of living creatures, by speaking. In creating humans, GOD spoke with himself, saying, “Let us make man.” He made only one man and one woman, molding them in his image by giving them unique qualities of personhood. He gave the man and woman the role of ruling over all creatures. (Genesis 1:26-31)

4. What responsibility did GOD give to the man and the woman?

GOD gave man the responsibility of filling the earth by reproducing. They were to subdue the earth by ruling over all living creatures, and they were to enjoy the vegetation GOD created for their food. (Genesis 1:28-30)

Genesis 2:

1. How does Creation show that GOD is concerned about details?

GOD created an orderly universe, teeming with life, each kind capable of reproducing itself. He made vegetation to provide food for man’s enjoyment with the exception of one tree, the fruit of which man should not eat: The Tree of the Knowledge of GOOD and Evil. He brought the animals and the animals and the birds for man to name. Knowing man had no suitable companion, he made woman from one of man’s ribs. (Genesis 2)

2. How does the seventh day of the week differ from the other six?

On the seventh day, GOD rested from his work. Creation was complete and everything was good. He blessed that day and made it holy. (Genesis 2:1-3)

3. How does our attitude toward the Sabbath today compare with GOD’s original intent?

GOD designated the seventh day, the Sabbath, as a special day in which man rested from his work and honored GOD.

4. What does Adam’s experience in the Garden teach us about work?

Work is part of GOD’s plan GOD’s for man’s wellbeing. Man was to rule over GOD’s Creation, to take care of it. Through his work man could enjoy GOD’s Creation and honor his maker. (Genesis 2:15)

5. What does Genesis 2 teach us about marriage?

GOD saw that is was not good for man to b alone. He intended woman to be a “helper suitable for him.” Man and woman were intended to become one flesh, viewed by GOD as one unit, separated from parents or other family members. (Genesis 2:18, 20-24)

Genesis 3:

1. How did the serpent (Satan) persuade Eve to disobey GOD? What methods does he use today?

2. How are the temptations we face today similar to Eve’s temptation?

3. How did Adam and Eve’s sin change their attitude toward GOD?

4. How did Jesus “bruise [the] head” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV) of Satan, as GOD foretold in the Garden?

5. What were the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin for them? For us?

Genesis 4-5:

1. What can we learn from Cain and Abel about the importance of our heart attitude in worshiping GOD?

2. How did GOD show mercy to Cain?

3. How were Cain and his younger brother Seth different?

4. How does the lives of Adam and Eve and, later, Enoch teach us about walking with GOD?

Genesis 6-7:

1. How were people in Noah’s time different from people today?

2. Of all the people on earth, why did GOD choose to save only Noah and his family?

3. Why do you think GOD gave Noah such specific details for building the Ark?

4. What can we learn from Noah about faithful obedience to GOD?

5. What does the story of Noah’s Ark teach us about GOD’s promises?

Genesis 8-9:

1. What does the story of Noah’s Ark teach us about waiting on GOD’s timing?

2. What was GOD’s plan for the people and animals kept safe on the Ark?

3. Why do you think Noah’s first act when he got off the Ark was to build an altar and offer burnt sacrifices on it?

4. What was GOD’s reason for giving the rainbow?

5. What does Noah’s drunkenness revel to us about the righteousness of men?

Genesis 10-11:

1. GOD knew all about Nimrod but did not stop him. What does this tell us about GOD’s attitude toward ungodly people – then and now?

2. How did Nimrod rebel against GOD? Are people today still rebelling against GOD? How?

3. How was the confusion of languages both a punishment and a protection from GOD?

4. What can we learn from Genesis 10-11 about GOD’s plans?

Genesis 12:

1. What was “unusual” about Abram’s circumstances that could have kept from believing GOD’s promises?

2. What can we learn about obedience from Abram?

3. When Abram arrived in Canaan, GOD spoke to him again. What was Abram’s response?

4. In Egypt, what caused Abram to rely on his own foolish schemes instead of GOD?

5. How did GOD take care of Abram in spite of his foolishness? What does this reveal about GOD’s character?

Genesis 13-14:

1. What does Abram’s treatment of Lot teach us about peacekeeping?

2. How did Abram come out ahead in spite of Lot’s selfishness with the land?

3. What does Abram’s rescue of Lot teach us about forgiveness?

4. How did Abram show his thanks to GOD when Melchizedek met him?

5. What can we learn from Abram about giving GOD credit for his goodness to us?

Genesis 15:

1. What did GOD mean when he told Abram, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)?

2. In Bible times GOD often spoke to men, like Abram, through visions. How does GOD speak to us today?

3. To encourage Abram, GOD repeated his promises and even made them clearer. How does GOD encourage you in your walk of faith?

4. How did Abram’s part in GOD’s covenant with him compare to our part in GOD’s covenant of salvation?

Genesis 16:

1. How did Sarai’s plan for the child and Abram’s agreement to it show their lack of faith?

2. How did Abram deal with the conflict between Sarai and Hagar? Was this wise? Why or why not?

3. What do GOD’s dealings with Hagar teach us about him?

4. Why do you think GOD’s treatment of Hagar gave her the courage to return to Sarai?

5. What lessons could Sarai, Abram, and Hagar have learned from this experience?

Genesis 17:

1. Why do you think GOD referred to himself as El Shaddai to Abram?

2. Why was Abram’s simple name change so significant?

3. What does “circumcision of the heart” mean to you?

4. In what special ways did GOD let Sarai know that she was still an important part of his promise?

5. What can we learn from Abraham about obedience?

Genesis 18-19:

1. Abraham laughed when GOD told him that he and Sarah would have a son (Genesis 17:17). Sarah also laughed when she heard the special visitor say she would have a son within a year. What was the difference in their laughter?

2. Why do you think Abraham kept asking God to spare the city of Sodom for fewer and fewer righteous people?

3. What indications were there that Lot had been greatly influenced for wrong by living in Sodom?

4. What does this story teach us about GOD’s glory?

5. What can we learn about Jesus’ second coming from Lot’s story?

Genesis 20:

1. What were Abraham’s excuses for not telling Abimelech that Sarah was his wife?

Abraham made excuses for deceiving Abimelech about Sarah. He thought there was no fear of GOD in Gerar and that men would kill him to have Sarah. He also excused his own lie because Sarah was in fact his half-sister. (Genesis 20:11-13)

2. What does GOD’s dealing with Abimelech teach us about GOD’s righteousness? About GOD’s mercy? 

GOD showed his righteousness and mercy when he intervened to keep Abimelech from taking Sarah. He spoke to Abimelech in a dream, warning him. He also “closed every womb” in Abimelech’s household. (Genesis 20:3-7, 17)

3. Why do you think Abraham, who had demonstrated his faith in GOD in so many ways for so many years, had lapses in his faith, such as this one?

Abraham was a great man of faith, but he was a man. No person is beyond temptation.

4. What can we learn from this story about our daily interaction with people who do not know GOD?

We need to live by GOD’s standards in all our interactions with people who do not know GOD. There is no contact that does not matter.

Genesis 21:

1. How did Isaac’s birth once again show that GOD is El Shaddai, Almighty GOD?

GOD Almighty overruled human limitations in the birth of Isaac. He enabled Sarah to give birth at the precise time he had promised (Genesis 21:1-3)

2. In Genesis 21, how did GOD use human emotions to further his plan?

GOD planned for Ishmael and Isaac to establish separate peoples. Sarah’s antagonism toward Hagar and Ishmael furthered GOD’s plan to remove Ishmael from the household. (Genesis 21:8-13)

3. What do you think might have happened if Ishmael and Isaac had grown up together?

Hostility would have grown between Sarah and Hagar. Abraham, because of his love for Ishmael, might have been tempted to give Ishmael some of the wealth that GOD had intended for Isaac.

4. How did GOD help Ishmael, even though he was not the son GOD had promised Abraham?

GOD saved Ishmael from death in the wilderness and promised to make him into a great nation. (Genesis 21:11-21)

Genesis 22-23:

1. Why do you think GOD chose to test Abraham’s faith though his son Isaac?

Isaac was Abraham’s dearly loved, long awaited son, and he was the visible evidence of GOD’s covenant with him.  All Abraham’s hope for GOD’s blessing was wrapped up in Isaac. (Genesis 22:1-3)

2. What was so unusual about GOD instructing Abraham to sacrifice his son?

GOD’s command tested Abraham’s understanding of GOD’s character. GOD created life, making people in his image. He had already provided for man’s need to make a sacrifice for sin by prescribing the sacrifice of an animal. After the flood, GOD said he would demand an accounting of anyone who killed another human being. GOD also expressed his abhorrence of sacrificing children to the pagan deity Molech.

3. What evidences of faith in GOD did Abraham give as he was preparing to sacrifice his son?

Abraham’s faith was tested to the depths, but he did not fail. He told his servants that he and Isaac would return. He also assured Isaac GOD would provide the lamb for the burnt offering. He believed GOD could raise Isaac from the dead. (Genesis 22:4-8; Hebrews 11:17-19)

4. What is the purpose of GOD testing people?

GOD never tempts us to do evil, but he tests us to strengthen us through what we learn from the testing. (James 1:12-14)

5. What was significant about Abraham burying Sarah in Canaan, rather than taking her back to their homeland?

By burying Sarah in a cave he purchased, Abraham showed his belief that Canaan was the land GOD had given him and his descendants. (Genesis 23)

Genesis 24:

1. Why was Abraham so determined not to let Isaac marry a woman from Canaan, where they lived?

Abraham wanted Isaac to marry a woman who would know GOD and bear a son who would carry out GOD’s covenant promise. A Canaanite woman would not acknowledge the true GOD. (Genesis 24:1-4)

2. What can we learn about the importance of prayer from this story?

Abraham’s chief servant embarked on a difficult errand. How would he find the right woman? What if she refused to come back with him? He prayed for specific guidance, and GOD answered, leaving no question about Rebekah (Genesis 24:5-61). When we pray for GOD’s plan to be fulfilled, we can trust GOD to answer. (1 John 5:14-15

3. What does Rebekah’s willingness to water the camels tell about her character?

Rebekah showed courtesy to the stranger at the well. Then, in volunteering to draw water for his camels, she showed extraordinary thoughtfulness, high motivation for work, and unusual energy and endurance. (Genesis 24:15-21)

4. What does Rebekah’s experience teach us about the value of kindness and helpfulness?

Rebekah’s kindness and helpfulness were given with no expectation of reward. She acted out of her own character and was surprised to be amply rewarded. (Genesis 24:22

5. How did GOD reveal his will to Abraham’s servant? How does he reveal his will to us today?

GOD revealed his will to the servant by fulfilling the sign exactly as the servant had requested (Genesis 24:24-54). Today GOD guides mostly though Scripture and the counsel of godly people.

Genesis 25-26:

1. How does Genesis 25 show that GOD is interested in details?

GOD provides details of Abraham’s descendants through his sons by Keturah as well as through Ishmael. Then he turns to a detailed account of Isaac’s family, since the covenant promises were being fulfilled through Isaac. (Genesis 25:1-18)

2. What does Esau’s experience teach us about the importance of right priorities?

Esau is described as godless because he sold something of great spiritual value for one single meal. Though he later regretted his decision, he could not reverse it. (Genesis 25:29-34, Hebrews 12:16-17)

3. Since GOD had already promised that Jacob would get the birthright, why do you think Jacob felt he had to scheme to get it?

Even before Esau and Jacob were born, GOD had said Jacob would inherit the covenant promise. Jacob wanted the inheritance, but did not look to GOD to fulfill his promise. Instead, he took it from Esau when it was to his advantage to do so. (Genesis 25:23-34)

4. Abraham and Isaac both had weaknesses in the same area. What can we learn from this about the importance of a father’s example to his children?

Parents who do not let GOD help them overcome their weaknesses may pass them on to their children. Twice Abraham had feared for his life and called Sarah is his sister, Isaac yielded to the same temptation. (Genesis 26:7-11)

5. What does Isaac’s experience teach us about peacemaking?

GOD blesses peacemakers. People who trust GOD can look to him to meet their needs (Genesis 26:26-33)

Genesis 27-28:

1. How was each person in Isaac’s family at fault in Genesis 27?

Isaac prepared to give Esau the blessing, though he had known since before Esau and Jacob were born that GOD had chosen Jacob to have it. Rebekah directed Jacob in a scheme to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing. Esau was determined to get the blessing, which he had sold with his birthright. (Genesis 27)

2. What happens when we deliberately go against GOD’s will, as Isaac was prepared to do?

We reap the consequences when we deliberately go against what we know GOD plans. After Jacob had to run for his life, he never saw his mother again.

3. What does this account teach us about the way GOD carries out his plans?

GOD carried out his plan for Jacob, in spite of the faulty actions of all family members.

4. How did GOD show mercy to Jacob instead of giving him what he deserved?

As Jacob journeyed to his relatives to escape Esau’s death threat, GOD appeared to him in a dream, restating the covenant blessing and promising to watch over him and bring him back to the land. (Genesis 28:10-15)

5. Do you think Jacob regretted what he had done? How did he respond to GOD speaking to him?

When Jacob woke up, he realized that GOD had spoken to him. After setting up a pillar and pouring oil on it, Jacob made a vow that if GOD would be with him and bring him back, he would honor GOD and give him one-tenth of all his possessions. (Genesis 28:16-22)

Genesis 29-31:

1. How was Laban’s greeting to Jacob on his arrival different from his farewell when Jacob left? What changed his attitude?

Laban welcomed Jacob into his home, embracing him with a kiss and saying “You are my own flesh and blood.” Twenty years later, when Jacob left, Laban and Jacob made a heap of stones to mark their separation. Laban did not kiss Jacob. He resented GOD’s blessing on Jacob. (Genesis 29:13-14, 31:43-59)

2. Why do you think GOD allowed Jacob to be cheated and mistreated by his uncle so many times?

GOD used Laban’s cheating and mistreatment of Jacob to discipline him and refine his character.

3. What was the reason for the dissension between Jacob’s wives?

Jacob’s wives competed. Leah bore him sons, but Rachel had his love. In competing, both wives gave Jacob their maids to produce more sons. (Genesis 29:14-30:26)

4. How did GOD help Jacob prosper in spite of Laban’s cheating?

GOD prospered Jacob’s herds and built his wealth in spite of Laban’s deceit and cheating. (Genesis 30:25-43)

5. How did Jacob know when to leave Laban and where to go?

Jacob became aware of Laban’s hostility but did not leave until the Lord told him to return to Canaan. (Genesis 31:1-2)

Genesis 32-36:

1. Jacob asked GOD to protect him, but how did his actions show his lack of faith?

While Jacob was asking GOD to protect from Esau’s four hundred men, he took steps to protect his family and herds. He divided them into two groups, and sent gifts and animals to pacify Esau. Then as Esau approached, he divided his wives and children to minimize loss if Esau was hostile. (Genesis 32:7-8, 13-16, 33:1-2).

2. What was the significance of Jacob’s new name, Israel?

Jacob’s name meant “supplanter” or “deceitful.” Israel meant “he fights and overcomes with GOD.”

3. What can we learn about forgiveness from Esau’s example?

Esau welcomed Jacob with a tearful embrace and appeared to have forgotten his anger, but neither man spoke of forgiveness. While the relationship was congenial, Jacob did not fully trust Esau. The brothers never did spend lengthy time together. (Genesis 33:1-17)

4. What do the incidents of Dinah’s brothers seeking revenge for her and Reuben’s sin with Bilhah tell us about the spiritual condition of Jacob’s family?

Jacob was not a spiritual leader in his family. Even when his sons slaughtered the men of Shechem, Jacob expressed more concern for their safety than for their sin. (Genesis 34, 35:21-22) When Reuben slept with Jacob’s concubine Bilhah, Jacob did not confront him. (Genesis 35:22)

5. What finally made Jacob realize that he needed to be a spiritual leader to his family?

GOD spoke to Jacob and told him to return to Bethel, the place of Jacob’s encounter with GOD when he was escaping Esau’s anger twenty years before (Genesis 28:10-22). Jacob required his family to get rid of their foreign gods and prepare to meet with GOD. At Bethel GOD renewed his covenant with Jacob. (Genesis 35:1-15)

Genesis 37-38:

1. How did Jacob’s obvious favoritism (like his father’s) cause dissension in his family?

Joseph, firstborn son of beloved Rachel, was clearly Jacob’s favorite son. By giving Joseph a special coat, Jacob aroused in his other sons deep feelings of jealousy and hatred toward Joseph. (Genesis 37:1-4)

2. How did GOD care for Joseph in the midst of his brothers’ hatred?

GOD gave Joseph two dreams that Joseph and his family understood had significance for his future. While the dreams only infuriated the brothers, they gave Joseph hope. (Genesis 37:5-11)

3. In Genesis 35, Jacob seemed to be taking spiritual leadership in his family. Judging by Genesis 37-38, what effect did this have on his sons?

Though Jacob had met with GOD at Bethel, and there GOD had renewed his covenant with Jacob and his descendants, his sons did not regard GOD in their behavior. (Genesis 35:1-14, 37-38)

4. What can we learn about GOD’s grace from Judah’s story?

GOD showed grace to Tamar, who had been disgraced by Judah. He showed grace to Judah and worked out his sovereign plan in spite of Judah’s wrongdoing. Tamar is included in the genealogy of Jesus. (Matthew 1:3)

5. What often happens when we, like Judah, choose to spend our time with ungodly people?

GOD warns of the danger of being influenced by ungodly people. They can bring temptations that lead us away from GOD. (Psalm 1; Proverbs 1:8-19, 13:20)

Genesis 39-41:

1. How did GOD show that he was with Joseph?

GOD was with Joseph, giving success to everything he did. He gave Joseph strength to resist the enticement of Potiphar’s wife. In prison, GOD gave Joseph wisdom to interpret dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker. Then, in the palace, he gave Joseph wisdom to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. That put Joseph in favor with Pharaoh. So that Joseph became second in command in Egypt.

2. What can we learn from Joseph about the importance of a good attitude in every situation?

Joseph did not allow bitterness to take root in his heart, and thus he was ready for GOD to fulfill his plans for him. Throughout the difficulties and injustices, Joseph grew in character. GOD was preparing him for a leadership role.

3. How did Joseph give GOD credit before Pharaoh and his people?

Joseph immediately told Pharaoh that he could not interpret his dream, but that GOD would give the answer. Joseph then told Pharaoh that the dreams were GOD’s way of telling what he was going to do. Pharaoh acknowledged that GOD’s Spirit was in Joseph. (Genesis 41:16, 25, 28, 32, 38-39)

4. Why do you think GOD continued to bless and help Joseph throughout his life in Egypt?

GOD was with Joseph in a special way because Joseph’s heart was pure and open to GOD, even in times when he could have been bitter and in despair.

5. Why was Joseph so well qualified to be in charge of Egypt’s famine relief plan? Had he had any training for the job?

Though Joseph had received no training in administering resources on a national scale, he was qualified to take charge of Egypt’s famine relief plan because he knew how to receive wisdom from GOD, and GOD continued to prosper his work.

Genesis 42-50:

1. How did Joseph’s boyhood dreams come true when his brothers came to Egypt to buy food?

Without knowing who the Egyptian official really was, the brothers bowed before him, just as Joseph’s dreams had indicated. (Genesis 37:5-11; 42:1-9)

2. Why do you think Joseph dragged out the meeting with his brothers for so long and played tricks on them before revealing his identity?

Joseph tested his brothers to see if their hearts had changed. (Genesis 42-44)

3. Why was Joseph able to freely forgive his brothers for what they had done to him?

Joseph was able to forgive his brothers because he knew that GOD had taken what they meant for harm and used it for good. (Genesis 50:15-21)

4. How did GOD reassure Jacob about going to Egypt?

As Jacob set out for Egypt, GOD spoke to him, telling him not to fear going there, for GOD would make his family into a nation in Egypt and would bring them back to the Promised Land. (Genesis 50:1-4)

5. Why was it so important to Joseph that his bones be taken to Canaan when his people returned there?

When Joseph asked that his bones be carried out of Egypt from Egypt to Canaan, he was affirming his belief that someday GOD would take his family out of Egypt to give them the Promised Land. (Genesis 50:24-25)