Vos pages 32-41 or Egermeier pages 39-51
Lloyd-Jones pages 70-75
Jacob is the last guy in the world I would want to play poker against--he cheats and God is always blessing him.
(Genesis 27:36 and 30:30)
Jacob wants his brother’s blessing. With the help from his mom, he lies and deceives his father Isaac to get it. Esau is enraged and plans to kill Jacob. Jacob flees to his uncle Laban’s household where he falls in love with Laban’s daughter, Rachel. Laban deceives Jacob into marrying his daughter Leah instead. He marries Rachel too. The sisters, with the help of each of their maid-servants, compete to have more sons than the other, in an effort to win their husband’s favor. Jacob works hard for Laban, but Laban oppresses him. He pays Jacob as little as he can possible pay him for his labor. He does this by setting Jacob up for failure. Still, Jacob has God’s blessing, and he prospers. Laban’s sons hate Jacob for “stealing” their wealth. Eventually, Jacob sneaks away taking his family with him. Laban catches up with Jacob and accuses the family of stealing his household gods. Rachel sits on the gods and outright lies to her father. As grown men, Jacob’s sons, in an act of revenge, convince an entire city of men to become circumcised. With the men unable to defend themselves, Jacob’s sons attack and kill them. The sons even contemplate killing one of their own brothers. Instead, they sell him into a life of slavery. Despite all of this yuckiness, God promises to bless Jacob and his children. God gives Jacob the name “Israel.” God’s promise to Abraham is about to come true. The family grows into a nation. All peoples of the world are blessed through this very imperfect family.
Jacob’s life has much to teach us about the pain that comes from taking what we want through lies and deception. Children must be taught to be open and honest in their dealings with others. Like adults, they are called to lead a life of purity. We, as parents, should do all we can to help our little ones rid themselves of “everything that contaminates body and spirit” so that they can perfect “holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
PRAYER OF THE WEEK:
Dear God, give us truthful lips that endure forever and teach us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives!
(Titus 2:12, Proverbs 12:19)
VERSE TO MEMORIZE:
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies (Psalm 34:13) .
This verse is one of our Body Verses .
Books to read:
Read: Honesty by Cynthia Robert (library book). Each page sets up a different situation in which to explore honesty. Children get a chance to really flesh out what telling the truth means. The book was a good conversation starter for us.
In The Bernstain Bears and the Truth Brother Bear and Sister Bear break Mama’s lamp. When Mama comes home they make up a story about a bird that flew into the house and broke the lamp. I like several things about this book. For one, their lie is exactly the kind kids tell. My children had no trouble at all relating to Brother and Sister Bear. Also Mama makes a point that it isn’t the broken lamp that is important, it is the fact “trust is not something you can put back together again.” Lies have consequences. Brother and Sister Bear learned that when they mess up, they should fess us. This is something I stress with my children.
CUTTING AND PASTING:
This activity is not on my list of all-time favorites but the day we read about Laban giving Jacob all the spotted sheep and goats, the kids were squirmy and high-maintenance. Cutting and pasting has a calming effect and makes kids feel productive. I went on-line and printed off some sheep and a shepherd (Download Jacob's lambs ). I gave each kid a dime–sized squirt of paint and a Q-tip. It was a good afternoon project and hopefully helps them remember a little more about Jacob. Below is a cute picture of one of Jaob's lambs.
Jacob’s 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel. (Actually, there is no tribe of Joseph but two of the twelve tribes are named after his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Later when the Israelites claim their promised land, Levi also loses out on land but is given the honor of caring for God’s temple.) Familiarize your children with these 12 names. This is important as we begin our study of the nation of Israel.
You can teach your children this information in a variety of ways:
1. Make a paper doll chain, twelve men long. If you don’t have any really long paper, tape your chains together. If you haven’t made a paper chain in awhile, review by visiting this link: http://www.origami-resource-center.com/paper-dolls.html>
2. The Family Fun website has an instructional video showing how to make pipe cleaner people. Make the sons all different colors and then make a key so that you can remember who is who. Here’s the link to the video: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/pipe-cleaner-crafts-peppy-people-666374
3. Use paper towel rolls to make the 12 brothers. You can give them a totem pole look. Find out who was the oldest and make each consecutive brother a little shorter.
4. Ask your kids for ideas. Many times my sons bring home great project ideas from classes they take at our local art center.
MORE NAMES TO REMEMBER:
We are at the end of our study of the Patriarchs, and so it is a good idea to review the family. I took a poster board and made this folder. A family tree allows my kids to see in one glance all the relationships we have spent the last few weeks reading about.
All the names are attached using Velcro. The beauty of this is I can make it as difficult or as easy as I choose, based on the amount of names I take off before I hand it over to my kids.
Here are the names you need for the family tree:Download Abraham's Family Tree
How do I decide what Bible facts are important for a child to memorize?
I always struggle with this. This has become the system I use to decide:
1. I pray asking God to show me what parts of the Bible he desires my children to know. What will be a blessing to them in their lives? This varies from individual to individual. I read a missionary biography about a man who was brought to Christianity through the study of the genealogy of Jesus. Who would have thought that a genealogy would be the beginning of bringing a person to Jesus? (I guess maybe God, since He included it in the first chapter of Matthew)
2. I examine my motives for wanting the children to memorize certain facts. Do I really think what I am asking the kids to memorize will edify them and others spiritually, or is it just going to help them score well in a game of Bible trivia? If God hasn’t revealed to me a specific reason to ask my children to commit some piece of information to memory, I don’t ask them to do it. I don't want to create know-it-alls. I want children who know God.
How do we go about helping our children remember these names and places?
Virgil Hillyer wrote a delightful world history book for children. In it he gives advice to children in how to make difficult names easier to remember. He does this by teaching kids how to remember the bodies of water surrounding Mesopotamia:
“You might make these two rivers in the ground of your yard or garden or draw them on the floor if your mother will let you. Just for fun you might name your drinking cup Tigris and your glass Euphrates. Then you might call your mouth, into which they both empty, the Persian Gulf, for you will hear a great many new names by and by, and as grown-up people give names to their houses and boats, to their horses and dogs, why shouldn’t you give names to things that belong to you? For instance, you might call your chair, your bed, your table, your comb and brush, even your hat and shoes, after these strange names.”
I first read this book about four years ago, and since that time, I have taken his advice when trying to teach my children Bible facts. Are there 12 stoplights from home to school that could be named after the 12 sons of Israel? Are there 12 rooms in your home or 12 parks in your town? And by all means if you are committed to having 12 sons do everyone around you a favor, and start by naming the oldest Reuben. These are simple ways to familiarize your children to Bible names.
This oil painting of Jacob wrestling with the angel is by Karen Laub-Novak (1938-2009). This work truly portrays the energy and drive of Jacob. I read Genesis 32:22-30 while the kids examined this piece. It is interesting to me that God left Jacob with a physical reminder of that night by knocking his hip out of joint. Physical suffering is often a method God uses to focus our thoughts on Him. Each and every time Jacob walked, he was reminded of His God.
Jacob's name was changed from Jacob to Israel. The Israelites were also called Hebrews and much later after Bible times the descendents of Jacob became known as Jews.
C CARD :
Here we used 1 big smilely sticker for Jacob and 12 little smilely stickers for the 12 sons of Jacob.