November 25

God’s New Name for Jacob
(Jacob’s New Name)

Genesis 32-33

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Jacob was afraid to see his brother, Esau, after stealing his blessing.

  • Jacob wrestled with God all night.

  • God changed Jacob’s name to Israel.

  • Esau forgave Jacob.

Key Passage:
Genesis 28:15

Christ Connection:
God changed Jacob’s life and gave him a new name, Israel. By dying and rising from the dead, Jesus made the way for us to be adopted into God’s family. When we are adopted into God’s family, we get a new name, too — children of God. (John 1:12)

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

Story Point:
God changed Jacob’s name to Israel.

Big Ideas:

  • God told Jacob to go back home.

  • God gave Jacob a new name: Israel.

  • God sent Jesus through the people of Israel.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Would you be afraid to meet Esau if you were Jacob?

  • Would you forgive Jacob if you were Esau?

  • Was Jacob stronger than God? How do we know he was not?

  • What does God call us when He adopts us into His family?

Family Activities:

  • Remind children of the Bible story as you discipline sibling disputes this week.

  • Host a family thumb wrestling tournament.

  • Look online to find the meaning of each family member’s name.


Younger Kids

Key Passage:
Genesis 28:15

Story Point:
God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, the name of God’s covenant people.

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

Christ Connection:
God changed Jacob’s life and gave him a new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Jesus’ death and resurrection provided sinful people the way to be adopted into God’s family. When we are adopted into the family of God we also receive a new name — children of God (John 1;12).

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did Jacob wrestle with God?

  • Do you ever “wrestle with God”?

  • Who can change our lives and give us new identities in God?

Family Activity:
Use a baby name book or list to talk to your kids about what their names mean. Discuss why you chose the names you gave them and the ways Jesus changes us when we put our faith in Him.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Genesis 28:15

Story Point:
God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, the name of God’s covenant people.

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

Christ Connection:
God changed Jacob’s life and gave him a new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Jesus’ death and resurrection provided sinful people the way to be adopted into God’s family. When we are adopted into the family of God we also receive a new name — children of God (John 1;12).

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think Jacob refused to let go of God?

  • On whom did Jacob’s future depend? Who is in control of our future?

  • How are we changed when we trust in Jesus?