Lesson 4

Genesis 24–50

The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.

Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time that you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.

Complete any three of the following:

1.   Genesis 24; 27:46; 28:1–2; 29:1–30. Marriage in the Covenant

Read Genesis 24:1–4 and describe in writing the concern Abraham had about his sons. Then read Deuteronomy 7:1–4; 1 Corinthians 11:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14 and the Points to Ponder section in the institute student manual (p. 90). What additional insights do you find that added to Abraham’s concern? What are the consequences of marrying outside the covenant? Why would these still be concerns today?

From Genesis 24:15–67, make a list of character traits Rebekah had that would be desirable in a wife or husband. Record the verse number where you found each attribute.

What concern did Isaac and Rebekah have for Jacob in Genesis 27:46; 28:1–4?

Read Genesis 29:1–30. What was Jacob willing to do to marry Rachel? Write a paragraph discussing what you are willing to do to be worthy to marry within the covenant.

2.   Genesis 25:20–34; 27; 28:1–9. A Contrast between Brothers

Read Genesis 25:20–34; 27; 28:1–9. Then complete the following tasks in writing:

  • Contrast the differences between Esau and Jacob.
  • Imagine you are Esau’s friend and have the opportunity to speak with him after the events of Genesis 27. Considering what you’ve learned from Genesis 25–27, what would you say to Esau to help him understand why Jacob received the covenant blessings? What would you suggest Esau do?
  • Esau traded away his birthright—something of great value to him in the future—for something of little value that could be obtained right away and satisfied an immediate appetite. What ways do you see people today trading eternal blessings for something worldly, immediate, or something that satisfies an appetite?
  • How does the student manual commentary for Genesis 27:1–40, “Jacob Obtains the Birthright from Esau” (pp. 85–86), help clarify your understanding of the account found in Genesis 27?

3.   Genesis 29–30, 35, 37, 39–41. Joseph Endured His Trials

Read the chapter summaries for Genesis 29–30, 35. List the birth order of Jacob’s 12 sons.

Read Genesis 37:1–11 and the student manual commentary for Genesis 37:3, “What Was the Coat of Many Colors?” (p. 93). Write an explanation of possible reasons Joseph’s brothers were envious of him.

List the challenges in Genesis 37 that Joseph faced. How do you think Joseph felt about his challenges? How are Joseph’s challenges like the ones young people face today?

Read Genesis 39:2–3, 21, 23 and find a phrase that is similar in all four verses. Then answer the following questions:

  • What did Joseph do in Genesis 39 that allowed the phrase in verses 2–3 to still be true in verses 21, 23? When do you think Joseph made the commitment to be morally clean?
  • Give examples from Genesis 40–41 and the student manual commentary for Genesis 39:21–23; 40:1–23 (p. 95) that illustrate how the Lord remained with Joseph.
  • Write two or three paragraphs listing the lessons you learn from the life of Joseph. What can you learn from Joseph about turning bad experiences and circumstances into good ones?

4.   Genesis 42–45, 47. “God Did Send Me before You to Preserve Life”

Read the dreams of Joseph found in Genesis 37:5–10. List the ways these dreams were fulfilled in Genesis 42–43. Include specific verses you believe fulfilled these dreams.

From Genesis 42–44 write a statement describing how Joseph’s brothers demonstrated that their hearts had been changed since they sold him into slavery.

Read Genesis 45:1–8; 50:19–21 and the student manual commentary for Genesis 45:4–8, “Joseph—A Type of Christ” (pp. 96–97). Explain in writing what Joseph had come to understand about the purposes of his being in Egypt.

Read Genesis 47:7–9. How did Jacob describe his life? Read the following references and list the events of these verses that would have caused Jacob to say what he said in Genesis 47:7–9:

Read Genesis 46:29–30; 47:27–28. Write a statement describing how Jacob’s life turned out. Write about a time when a trial you or your family faced turned out to be a blessing.

5.   Genesis 48–50. Patriarchal Blessings

Read Genesis 48 and describe in writing what was unusual about what Jacob did when blessing Ephraim and Manasseh. What promise did Jacob give to Ephraim?

Read Genesis 49:1 and explain in writing when the blessing to these tribes will be realized.

In Genesis 49 mark the names of the 12 sons of Israel in your scriptures so you can quickly see where to find each son’s blessing. Then read the student manual commentary for Genesis 49:8–12, “What Significant Portion of the Birthright Blessing Was Given to Judah?” (p. 98), and the commentary for Genesis 49:22–26, “What Is the Significance of Joseph’s Blessing?” (p. 98). Write two paragraphs, one describing the promises to Judah and the other describing the blessings to Joseph. In what ways do you see those blessings fulfilled today?

The blessings given in Genesis 49 are patriarchal blessings. Explain in writing why you feel we receive patriarchal blessings and the requirements to receive one. What does your patriarchal blessing mean to you? If you have not yet received your patriarchal blessing, consider setting up an appointment with your bishop or branch president to discuss it.

Write what impresses you most about JST, Genesis 50:24–36 (see student manual commentary for Genesis 50:24, “The Prophecies of Joseph,” p. 99). What specific prophecies about Joseph Smith are found in these verses?