JACOB & ESAU
GENESIS 25:19-34, 27:1-45
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." - EXODUS 20:16
Jesus shared his birthright with us when he paid for our sins.
Nothing can stop God's plan.
Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.
- How are you and your siblings alike? How are you different?
- How were Jacob and Esau different?
- How was Jacob dishonest?
- Even though it was God’s plan for Jacob to rule over Esau, should Jacob have lied? (No! God will accomplish His plan in His way- we should never have to sin to follow God’s plan.)
- Have you ever lied about something because you thought it would make things easier? What happened?
- Think about a time that you made the choice to be honest, even though it was hard. What happened then?
- Read John 14:6 out loud. What do you think it means that Jesus is “the truth”?
- The truth is always a part of God’s plan. Why do you think God wants us to be truthful?
To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).
Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation.
How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for Your plans for me
I know they are good plans, because You’re a Good Father
Please help me to be honest and trust your will
In Jesus’ name, amen
MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” - 1 JOHN 4:7
After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:
- What holiday do we celebrate this week that’s all about love?
- How is God’s love different from anyone else’s?