Bible Study Guide:
The LORD Has Seen My Misery
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this Bible study, please
read the women in Christ commentary, Leah.
Part I. The Example of Leah
Genesis 29:1-14 Describe Jacob’s first meetings with Rachel and Laban.
2. Genesis 29:14-20 How long did Jacob work for Laban before they
discussed wages? What wages did they agree on? Why?
3. Genesis 29:21-25 How did Jacob feel about Laban’s deceit?
4. Genesis 29:26-27 What bargain did Laban make this time? What options
do you think Jacob had? What do you think, if anything, is missing from their
5. Genesis 29:28-30 How do you think this bargain affected the two
sisters, Leah and Rachel?
6. Genesis 29:31-35 God took notice of Leah’s misery. Why do you think
God chose to comfort her in this way? What clues do you have about Leah’s
attitude toward God?
7. What have you learned about God and how he feels about people from
this family’s story? (The complete story of Leah and Rachel is found in Genesis
8. What do you think Leah and Rachel could have done differently within
their culture and circumstances to create a healthier and happier family and
9. What lesson(s) or insight(s), if any, did you gain from this glimpse
into Leah’s life?
Part II. For God So Loved
Leviticus 18:18 What instruction did God give the fledgling nation of Israel? Do
you think this was a good law then? Why? Does it have an application today?
Explain. What does this instruction tell you about God’s character?
2. Deuteronomy 5:28-29; Hebrews 8:7-13 What caused the agreement between God and
the nation of Israel to fail?
3. Psalm 118:1-7; Psalm 116:4-7; Deuteronomy 4:35-38 Why does God take action on
4. Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Matthew 22:35-40; Micah 6:8 What response does God want
5. John 3:14-21; Galatians 2:15-21; I John 4:10, 19; I John 3:16 What was
God’s motive for sending his son Jesus to become flesh and die to pay the
penalty for our sins?
6. Romans 5:8; Mark 2:15-17; I John 3:1 Why do you think, in spite of
God’s declarations of love, we still sometimes feel unloved?
7. John 13:34-35; I John 2:1-6, 10; 3:10-18; 4:7-8; James 1:19-22, 27; Galatians
5:6b, 13-15 When we belong to Christ and become part of God’s family of brothers
and sisters, the godly trait of love becomes evidence of God’s presence within
his children. Give specific examples of loving actions that flow out of love as
8. Ephesians 3:14-21 Do you see evidence of this prayer being answered in
your life? If not, what would you like to see changed for you to be able to see
evidence that this prayer was answered in your life?
9. Galatians 5:22-26; I Corinthians 13:4-8, 13; I John 4:16 These
characteristics of love are also character traits of God. How can you cultivate
these characteristics in your own character and actions?
10. Romans 8:1-4, 28-39 Did the mistakes, sins, or failures of Jacob,
Leah, or Rachel separate them from God’s love? Can anything you have thought or
done separate you from God’s love?