Discussion Guide: Liars, Cheaters, Thieves & Villains Week 3

PRAYER

Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.

Today’s Discussion

This week continue our series in the book of Genesis titled Liars, Cheaters, Thieves & Villains. We will be taking a look at the unexpected heroes of Genesis and realize that the people God uses to shape history are sometimes the most dysfunctional. We will talk about the fact that if these are the people God used to pave the way for Jesus, then what might He be able to do in and through our lives today. With that said, let’s dive into the messiness of the founders of our faith. 

Discussion Questions

What does it mean to be loved?

Why do you think being loved is such a strong driving force in our lives?

Preguntas en Español

Porque ser amado es una fuerza tan grande en nuestras vidas?

Genesis 29:16-20

Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.”

What was it about Rachel that Jacob loved?

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Why?

Why does beauty have such an impact on us?

Preguntas en Español

Génesis 29:16-20

Labán tenía dos hijas. El nombre de la mayor era Lea, y el nombre de la menor, Raquel. Los ojos de Lea eran delicados, pero Raquel era de bella figura y de hermoso parecer. Jacob se había enamorado de Raquel, y dijo: “Te serviré siete años por Raquel, tu hija menor.” Labán le respondió: “Mejor es dártela a ti que dársela a otro hombre. Quédate conmigo.” Jacob, pues, sirvió siete años por Raquel, y le parecieron unos pocos días, por el amor que le tenía. 

Que amaba Jacobo de Raquel?

Porque la belleza nos impacta tanto?

Genesis 29:25-28,30-31 & Genesis 30:1,9

And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.

When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 

 

What did Laban fear in this situation? What did Leah fear? What did Rachel fear? What did Jacob fear?

How did that fear affect their lives, self-perception and relationships?

Has fear of rejection ever affected you in any of those areas? If so, how?

Preguntas en Español

Génesis 29:25-28, 30-31 &  Génesis 30:1,9

Cuando fue de mañana, sucedió que era Lea. Y Jacob dijo a Labán: “¿Qué es esto que me has hecho? ¿No fue por Raquel que te serví? ¿Por qué, pues, me has engañado?” Y Labán respondió: “No se acostumbra en nuestro lugar dar a la menor antes que a la mayor. “Cumple la semana nupcial de ésta, y te daremos también la otra por el servicio que habrás de rendirme aún otros siete años.” Así lo hizo Jacob, y cumplió la semana de ella. Y él le dio a su hija Raquel por mujer. 

Jacob se llegó también a Raquel, y amó más a Raquel que a Lea; y sirvió a Labán durante otros siete años. Vio el S eñor que Lea era aborrecida, y le concedió hijos. Pero Raquel era estéril.

Pero viendo Raquel que ella no daba hijos a Jacob, tuvo celos de su hermana, y dijo a Jacob: “Dame hijos, o si no, me muero.” Viendo Lea que había dejado de dar a luz, tomó a su sierva Zilpa y la dio por mujer a Jacob.

Como el miedo afectó las vidas, la percepción propia  y las relaciones de Labán, Lea, Raquel, y Jacob?

Te ha afectado el miedo al rechazo en alguna de estas áreas? Si ha pasado, como?

Genesis 29:35

And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord .” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing. 

Hebrews 7:14

For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 

What did God use Leah’s rejection and brokenness to eventually produce?

What does that tell us about the rejection and brokenness we face?

What does the Gospel tell you about God’s love for you?

If you truly believed that to be true, how might that affect the way you lived and loved others?

Preguntas en Español

Génesis 29:35

Concibió una vez más y dio a luz un hijo, y dijo: “Esta vez alabaré al S eñor .” Así que le puso por nombre Judá (Alabado). Y dejó de dar a luz.

Dios usó el rechazo y el quebrantamiento de Lea para eventualmente producir que?

Que nos dice eso acerca de nuestro rechazo y quebrantamiento?

Que nos dice el Evangelio del amor De Dios hacia ti?

Closing Thought

 

How can we love one another in a way that reminds us of that Truth?

Preguntas en Español

Pensamientos de Cierre

 

Como podemos amarnos unos a otros de tal manera que recordemos esa Verdad?



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