Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!
Bible Basis: Genesis 27 – 29
Bible Verse: Genesis 26:3: “I will be with you and give you my blessing . . . And I will keep the promise I made with an oath to your father Abraham.”
Bible Point: God kept his promise to Jacob. God will keep his promises to me.
Resource: The Beginner’s Bible
- “Isaac’s Blessing” (pages 58 – 62)
- “Jacob’s Dream” (pages 63 – 65)
- “Jacob and Esau Meet Again” (pages 66 – 70)
TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the dinner table, while driving in the car, or just about anywhere.
Have you ever made a promise to someone? Has anyone ever made a promise to you?
Why was it so important to keep a promise?
What was God’s promise to Jacob? (God said he would watch over Jacob and that someday all the land on which he was lying would belong to him and his family.)
Jacob played a trick on his father and his brother, Esau. How would you feel if some- one tricked you? Would you be able to forgive like Esau did?
LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.
Have your child select one of this week’s Bible stories and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Make Isaac’s tent out of blankets and straight-backed chairs. Use dark sunglasses or a blindfold for the person who plays the part of Isaac. Esau’s character can wear fuzzy clothing, such as fleece, and carry a bow and arrows made from sticks and string. Jacob’s character will need rags or carpet scraps tied on with yarn. Bathrobes, towels, or fabric pieces make great Bible-time clothing for Isaac, Jacob, Esau, and Rebekah. The tasty food for Isaac’s dinner can be plastic toys or cutouts from a magazine.
When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.
EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.
Help your child remember the names of Jacob’s 12 sons by practicing the song “Jacob’s Sons” that they learned in class. It is sung to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me”:
Reuben, Simeon, and Levi, Judah, Dan, and Naphtali , Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun (the first three names are sung quickly) Last were Joseph and Benjamin.
Use from your own devotional time, a book of Bible promises or an online search to find and share some of God’s promises with your family. Remind your child that God always keeps his promises.
Jacob and Esau both brought their father a tasty meal. Make a promise to someone in your church, neighborhood, or family to deliver a tasty meal. Keep your promise by preparing and delivering the meal with your child’s help. Talk about the blessing you will receive from keeping your promise.
Isaac could not see well in his old age. Help your child understand what this might be like. Find a wood cutout puzzle of objects your child is familiar with, such as an alphabet puzzle where each letter fits into its own section. Have your child wear a loose blindfold and try to complete part of the puzzle using only the sense of touch. Another blindfold activity is to have your child smell familiar foods and try to identify them without looking.
Jacob set up a stone to remind himself of God’s promise. Create this simple craft with your child to remind your family of one of God’s promises. Write or print on paper one of God’s promises from the Bible. Insert it in a flat wooden picture frame. Have your child help you collect small pebbles. Glue them around the frame.
IN THE CAR:
Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home: Today we learned that big heroes forgive. When Joseph was reunited with his broth- ers, he could have tried to pay them back for all of the wrong that they had done to him. Instead, he offered them grace and forgiveness. The same kind that God offers us through Jesus. The same kind of forgiveness that we can offer to others.
Make this week’s lesson real: Talk to your kids about the things that people do that really get under their skin. Do these annoyances point to a larger problem of bitterness and hardheartedness? Talk to your kids about places where forgiveness needs to take place, and what that looks like. Join them in talking to God for his leading and guiding.
Here are some great discussion starters: - Why were his brothers afraid to be reunited with Joseph? – How did Joseph treat his brothers? - Why is it important that we forgive?
Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
What you need to know: Who are you harboring un-forgiveness towards? Let go of bitterness and resentment by choosing instead to forgive. Take the matter to God; ask him to change your heart. Go to the other person, if you can, and seek reconciliation. Live the radical kind of faith that forgives freely.
The Great Pumpkin Party is coming up on October 28th! Watch this fun video and see some special announcements! We hope to see you there!