Term 1 – Week 7

Big Idea – God passed His promises onto Jacob despite his deceitfulness.

Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-45; 28:10-17; 32:28

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit: God always keeps His Promises.

Then Lord said, I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Genesis 28:13-15

We move on in the story past the death of Abraham and dive into the narrative surrounding Isaac’s son Jacob. Isaac married Rebekah and she had twin sons, Jacob and Esau. God promised to Rebekah that both of the twins she was pregnant with would be the founders of nations, but the younger would be the greater nation (25:23). From that point on we are waiting to see how God will bring this promise to pass, and indeed the greater overarching promises to Jacob’s grandfather Abraham. 

The twins grew up and immediately diverted in personality and occupation, Esau was the hunter and hairy, while Jacob was younger, weaker, smooth skinned and the homemaker.

Genesis 25:27-34: Jacob deceives Esau and tricks him with a bowl of stew to win Esau’s birthright.  

Genesis 27:1-45: Jacob is deceitful once again, but this time towards his father Isaac. Rebekah convinced Jacob to trick his father into blessing him rather than blessing his eldest and favourite son Esau, so that the promises of God to Abraham would be passed to Jacob rather than to the firstborn Esau. Jacob was old and blind, and with his mother’s help, Jacob dresses in Esau’s clothes, put goatskin on his hands and presents Isaac with the tasty food. Isaac was confused as it was the voice of Jacob but the hands of Esau, nevertheless Isaac passed the Lord’s blessing onto Jacob. When Esau found out, he was furious with Jacob and from that time on plotted to kill his brother for his deceit. Jacob is sent away in a plan, hatched again by his mother,to find a wife among Rebekah’s relatives. 

Note: Isaac’s blessing is reminiscent of God’s promises to Abraham (v.29) and to Rebekah. We now know that Jacob will be the one through whom God will continue the promise – Land, offspring, blessing.   Genesis: 28:10-17: Isaac sends Jacob off with instructions to find a wife, but also with a hope, a prayer, that God might keep his promises (28:1-5). Isaac prays for God’s blessing on Jacob and that his family would become a ‘community of peoples’ i.e. a great nation (v.3). Then he prays that Jacob would be given the land that had been promised to Abraham, the land they are in now as foreigners (v.4). Isaac trusts that the promises of God will come to pass through Jacob. Then we get to Jacob’s dream at Bethel (vv.10-22). Jacob is given a vision of a stairway to heaven and God repeats his promises to Jacob. Verse 13-15 directly point us

back to the original promises God gave to Abraham. God promised to Jacob: Land I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying (v.13b). Offspring – Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth (v.14a). BlessingAll peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring (v.14b). Plus, God promises his presence, to be with Jacob, which is the ultimate blessing of God and is reassurance to Jacob that God will keep his promises. Finally, we see Jacob believes God’s promises (v.17).

Genesis 32:28: God gives Jacob a new name, the name Israel. He is the start of the nation of Israel. This story then reminds us of the great big promises God has made to his people. Not just to Abraham, but now to his grandson Jacob, who is the father of Israel. Remember how blessing in 28:14 is promised through Jacob’s offspring. Jesus, in the line of Jacob, is the offspring who brings the blessing to the world. We can remember God’s promises today, believe them as Jacob did and trust that God will keep his promises like he did to Jacob.

Outcomes

The children will understand that God is a God who always keeps his promises. The children will believe and trust in God and his promises, just like Jacob did. We look back to the promised one descended from Jacob who came to fix the problem of sin and bring people back into a relationship with God the loving King, this is how we know God’s promises are trustworthy and true.

Songs

Hello Song (Emu music)

Very, Very, Very Big God (EMU Music – Very, Very, Very Big God) 

Memory Verse

God said to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. 
I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others. 
All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.” 

Genesis 12:1-2, 3b

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