Jacob Wrestling (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Holy Land Tours (Games/Stories)

Read Genesis 32:1-31

  • Describe what's happening in this account about Jacob.
  • Why is Jacob afraid of Esau?
  • What does he send his brother?
  • Why is Jacob's gift so large? Is it an appropriate size?
  • Is this a good strategy for Jacob to use to reconcile with Esau?
  • Does this strategy work today?
  • After Jacob sends everyone across the Jabbok river, he stays on the other side alone. What happens?
  • Who is Jacob wrestling with?
  • Have you ever wrestled over decisions you've made?
  • What was different about this encounter?
  • What was his name changed to? Why?
  • When Jacob felt he had seen God face-to-face, was it easier to see his brother?
  • How often are we expected to see God in people we meet?
  • When does Jacob get his relationship with Esau straightened out? [After he got his relationship with God right]
  • Why is it important to have a good relationship with God?
  • Who needed to be forgiven? [There are a lot of people in these stories who need forgiveness]
  • Who forgave?
  • Can you think of a time when you needed forgiveness or forgave someone?
  • How did you feel when you were forgiven?
  • How would you instruct someone to go about the act of forgiving?