Gensis 27-28 Bible Study

In chapters 27 and 28 we read the story of a blessing and the deceit in receiving that blessing. As chapter 27 opens, it has been many years since Esau gave away his birthright to his brother, Jacob. In Biblical days the dad would give the birthright to the oldest brother, and that brother would become the head of the household upon the father's death. As we know, Esau was the older of the two boys. Isaac summoned his son Esau and told him to go hunt and catch some game and prepare some stew for him to eat. Isaac told Esau that after he ate the stew he would give Esau his blessing.

Rebekah overheard the conversation and told Jacob to get two goats from their flocks and she would prepare some stew the way Isaac liked it. Then she would give Jacob the stew to take to his father, and Jacob would receive the blessing. Rebekah put Esau's clothes on Jacob and placed goat's skin on his arms so he would appear to be hairy like his brother, Esau. So Jacob did as his mother told him and in verses 27-29 Isaac blessed Jacob.

After Jacob had left Isaac's tent, Esau arrived with the food he had prepared for his father. When Isaac found out that he had been tricked by Jacob, he 'trembled violently” (v. 33). He knew that Jacob had the birthright. Esau asked his father to bless him also. Verses 39-40 tell us Isaac's reply to his son Esau.

Needless to say, Esau held a grudge against his brother and planned to kill him someday. When Rebekah heard that Esau planned to kill Jacob, she sent for Jacob and told him to go live with her brother Laban.

Chapter 28 opens with Isaac blessing Jacob and telling him not to marry a Canaanite woman, but to go take a wife from the daughters of Laban. When Esau learned what his father had told Jacob he went and married a relative of Ishmael, just as his father did not want!

Beginning in verse 10 we read the story of Jacob's dream while he was traveling to his uncle Laban's house in Haran. In his dream, Jacob sees a stairway (some versions call it a ladder) from the earth going up to heaven. Angels were ascending and descending on the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord. He told Jacob that he would have many descendants and all peoples of the earth would be blessed through him. The Lord also told him that He would always be with him.

When Jacob awoke he said, ''How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven'” (v. 17). Jacob poured oil on the rock and named the place Bethel. He vowed to give God a tenth of everything that God would give him (v. 20).

Read the chapters carefully, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

Genesis 27 to 28 Worksheet

In Biblical days before the dad died he would bestow a blessing on the oldest _____ in the family.

Isaac's wife, ________, knew that Esau was to get the blessing, but her favorite son was ______.

So she plotted to help Jacob receive the blessing. (Read 27:5-17. The deceit begins in verse 8.)

Rebekah sent _____ to get two ______ from the flocks so she could prepare a tasty _____ for Isaac.

Rebekah took Esau's best _________ and dressed Jacob, and she put the goat's ______ on his arms so he would appear to have ______ arms.

Then _____ went to his father ______ for his blessing.

In verse 30 _____ came in from hunting. He prepared some food and brought it to his father.

When Isaac realized that he had given the blessing to the wrong ________, he trembled violently.

Esau was also full of grief that his brother ______ had deceived their father.

In verse 37 Isaac told Esau that Jacob had been made _____ over him.  In verse 38 Esau asked his father if there wasn't at least one _________ he could bestow on him.

In verse 39 Isaac told _____ what his lot in life would be. In verse 41 Esau vowed to _____ Jacob. When their mother heard of this threat to kill her son Jacob, she told ______ to _____.

At the beginning of chapter 28 Isaac sent for Jacob and blessed him and told him where to go to search for a wife. He told him not to marry a __________ woman.

He told him to find a wife among the daughters of ________, Rachael's brother.

Then Jacob left his family and went to live where his _______ had told him to go.

When Esau learned that his father had told Jacob not to marry a __________ woman, Esau went among the __________ women to take a _____. This was a case of doing something out of ______.

In verse 20 Jacob made a ____ to God to give Him one ______ of all that God would give him.

Memory Verse: 'The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice” (Psalm 97:1).

Genesis 27 to 28
Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Genesis 28:14                           Genesis 27:30                           Genesis 27:44               Genesis 28:6

Genesis 28:16-17                    Genesis 28:18                           Genesis 27:14

'So he went and got them and ________them to his mother, and                               Genesis ______
she __________ some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.”
'After ______ finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left                                Genesis ______
his father's presence, his _________ Esau came in from hunting.”
'Early the next ________ Jacob took the stone he had placed under                             Genesis ______
his head and set it up as a _______ and poured oil on top of it.”
''Your ____________ will be like the dust of the earth, and you                           Genesis ______
will spread out to the west and to the _____, to the north and to the
south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your
''Stay with him for a while until your __________ fury subsides.'”                         Genesis ______
'Now _____ learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him                               Genesis ______
to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed
him he commanded him, 'Do not marry a ___________ woman.'”
'When Jacob awoke from his _____, he thought, 'Surely the Lord                           Genesis ______
is in this place, and I was not _____ of it.' He was afraid and said,
'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the _____ of