Read Genesis 32:28 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Do you know what your name means?
Parent Note: Many, if not most, names in the Bible have a meaning. Some of them derive their meaning from Hebrew words they sound like. The name Jacob means "he deceives" or "he cheats," and the Jacob in this story lives up to his name's meaning. In his past, Jacob cheated his brother out of his birthright and deceived his father to get the blessing meant for his brother. When God gave him a new name, He gave Jacob a new identity and a fresh start. What a wonderful, unexpected blessing!
(As a side note, the name Jacob is very popular, and it should be made known that anyone named Jacob is not necessarily a bad person. The name is now more associated with the character in the Bible who was a man of God and one of the fathers of the faith.)
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for loving me, a sinner.
I know that I could never deserve Your love, but You give it to me freely anyway.
Please help me to grow into the person that You made me to be.
In Jesus’s name, amen.