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Genesis 47:7-9:

Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” 9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.”

For Further Study

Read the following Bible passages this week for Jacob’s story and legacy:

1. The Birth of Esau and Jacob: Genesis 25:19-34
2. Isaac Blesses Jacob: Genesis 27
3. Jacob and Laban: Genesis 28-31
4. God Meets Jacob & Jacob Meets Esau: Genesis 32, 33
5. God Blesses and Renames Jacob: Genesis 35:1-15
6. Jacob in Egypt and Jacob’s Blessings: Genesis 47-49
7. The New Testament testimony: Romans 9-11, and Galatians 6:16

Is a personal name built on the Hebrew noun for “heel” meaning “he grasps the heel” or “he cheats, supplants” (Gen. 25:26; 27:36). Original ancestor of the nation of Israel and father of the 12 ancestors of the 12 tribes of Israel (Gen. 25:1–Exod. 1:5). He was the son of Isaac and Rebekah, younger twin brother of Esau, and husband of Leah and Rachel (Gen. 25:21–26; 29:21–30). God changed his name to “Israel” (Gen. 32:28; 49:2). Texts from Ugarit and Assyria have persons named Jacob, but these are not Israelites. Their name is often connected with one of their gods, becoming Jacob-el or Jacob-baal. In such a form, it probably means “may El protect.” The OT knows only one Jacob. No one else received the patriarch’s name. Between the Testaments other Jews received the name Jacob; the one NT example is the father of Joseph and thus the earthly grandfather of Jesus (Matt. 1:16). Jacob stands as a strong witness that the God who made all the people of the earth also worked in Israel’s history, calling the patriarchs to a destiny He would fulfill even when they least deserved it.


1. What did Jacob give Esau to buy Esau’s birthright? (Gen 25:34)

2. Who helped Jacob receive the blessing from Isaac? (Gen 27:5)

3. What was the name of the city where Jacob set up a pillar and named the place, “Bethel”? (Gen. 28:19)

4. What are the names of Laban’s daughters that Jacob married? (Gen 29:16)

5. What are the names of sons born to Leah? (Gen 29:32-35, Gen 30:18-20)

6. What did Jacob call the place where he met the angels of God? (Gen 32:1-2)

7. What is the meaning of Peniel? (Gen 32:30)

8. What name did Rachel call her son as she was dying while giving birth? (Gen 35:18)

9. What is the name the land Jacob’s family settled after they came to Egypt?(Gen 47:1)

10. What are the names of Joseph’s sons Jacob blessed? (Genesis 48:20)

11. How many tribes of Israel did Jacob bless? (Gen 49:28)

12. When did God choose to love Jacob? (Rom 9:11)

Struggle creates true belonging.

1. Embrace your struggle
The Story of Nick Foles

2. Struggle with people and with God
“Mizpah,” “Mahanaim,” and “Mamre”

3. True Belonging to True Blessing
The “Angel” and the “Deliverer”


– How can struggle be a good thing?

– Why does God bless some and not all people?

– Why is the doctrine of election most comforting teaching in the Bible?

Connect with Us

– After service with our deacons and elders to discuss serving opportunities and questions about following Jesus.
– Marriage Workshop with Paul Tripp on February 24 (Sat), 4-9 pm @ the hub. It’s a great opportunity for married couples to work on their marriages and singles to prepare for the call to marriage. $5.00 per person (dinner included)
– Mark your calendar for the first ever Acts 29 OC Men’s Day on March 10th (Sat), 2:30 pm – 10 pm, hosted by Village Church @ 77 Post.
– Knowing God book study after the service starts next week, 6- 7:30 pm.
– Connect with God’s word: Jacob’s story and legacy (see For Further Study)
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