November 11

God’s Mercy to a Deceiver
(Jacob and Esau)

Genesis 27-28

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Rebekah wanted Isaac to bless Jacob instead of Esau.

  • Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing.

  • God showed Jacob in a dream that He would bless him and his family.

Key Passage:
Genesis 28:15

Christ Connection:
God’s promises for Abraham and Isaac were promises for Jacob too. God showed Jacob in a dream that He would bless Jacob’s family and even a whole nation as part of His plan to bring Jesus, the Savior of the world.

Big Picture Question:
Does God keep His promises? Yes, God always keeps His promises.

Story Point:
Jacob tricked Isaac.

Big Ideas:

  • God promised to bless Jacob.

  • Jacob made a wrong choice to trick Isaac.

  • God sent Jesus through Jacob’s family.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Did Rebekah and Jacob make a right choice or a wrong choice?

  • Did Rebekah and Jacob’s wrong choice stop God’s plan for their family?

  • How does God bless us through Jacob’s family?

Family Activities:

  • Find a place where the whole family can climb stairs safely. Imagine what it would be like to see a staircase from earth to heaven.

  • Invite another family to join you on a rock hunt. Review the Bible story and talk about how Jacob set up a rock to remember where God spoke to him.


Younger Kids

Key Passage:
Genesis 28:15

Story Point:
Rebekah and Jacob tricked Isaac into blessing Jacob.

Big Picture Question:
Does God keep His promises? God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.

Christ Connection:
The promises for Abraham and Isaac also became the promises for Jacob. At Bethel, God showed that His plan was to continue the covenant through Jacob’s family and eventually a whole nation, leading to the birth of Jesus — the promised Savior.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why didn’t God reject Jacob after he tricked Isaac?

  • Did Rebekah and Jacob trust God’s promises?

  • How can we grow to trust God more?

Family Activity:
Cook dinner as a family. Discuss the events of the story, and remind your kids that God can work His plans even when we make sinful choices.

Use fake fur to play dress-up with your kids.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Genesis 28:15

Story Point:
Rebekah and Jacob tricked Isaac into blessing Jacob.

Big Picture Question:
Does God keep His promises? God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.

Christ Connection:
The promises for Abraham and Isaac also became the promises for Jacob. At Bethel, God showed that His plan was to continue the covenant through Jacob’s family and eventually a whole nation, leading to the birth of Jesus — the promised Savior.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Did Rebekah and Jacob trust God’s promises?

  • Why did God choose Jacob over Esau as part of His plan? (See Rom. 9:6-12)

  • How can this story help you trust God when life happens differently than you plan?