Jacob the Trickster – Lesson 1
Eternity Past, Age of Gentiles, Age of Israel, Hypostatic Union, Church Age, Tribulation, Millennium, Eternal future
Before you begin this Bible study, If you have never believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 tells us: “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.’ Simply have faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and you will have eternal life and be saved. If you have believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior; then 1 John 1:9 tells us; “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Simply privately tell God the Father your sins to be filled with God the Holy Spirit and He will teach you Bible truth. (Rebound)
Promise Memory Verse
“ God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”
Isaac was getting old. To make matters worse, he was blind. One day he decided it was time to make Esau the head of the family and to give him the blessing that his father Abraham had given to him.
He called his favorite son into his tent and let him know what he had planned. Before he blessed Esau, Isaac asked him if he would go hunting and make him some delicious food.
Rebekah overheard Isaac talking to Esau. Oh no! She wanted Jacob to
have the blessing! She decided to trick Isaac into giving it to Jacob instead of his brother Esau. Rebekah told Jacob to bring her a couple of young goats and she cooked Isaac’s favorite meal.
Next, she got the idea for Jacob to wear Esau’s cloths so he would smell like him. To make this costume complete, she put goat skins on his arms and neck so Jacob’s smooth skin would feel hairy like his brother’s.
Jacob brought the food to his dad and tricked him by telling him he was Esau. Isaac wasn’t sure he believed Jacob, so he touched his hands. They felt hairy just like Esau’s.
Isaac ate the food, but he still wasn’t positive that it was Esau, so he asked for a kiss. When Isaac smelled the clothes that Jacob was wearing, he believed his lies.
He gave all his riches to Jacob and made him the leader of the family. This included the blessing that God promised of the land of Canaan, blessing and so many relatives that they couldn’t be counted.
As soon as Jacob left the tent, Esau came back from hunting and made food for his dad. When he found out that Jacob stole the blessing he was so mad that smoke was coming out of his ears! He felt like killing Jacob and cried, because this was so unfair!
Rebekah was afraid that Esau would kill Jacob so; she tricked Isaac into sending Jacob to a faraway place called Haran, so he could find a wife.
Jacob was very sneaky and a trickster and so was his mom Rebekah. God punished Rebekah and she never got to see her favorite son Jacob again. Jacob got punished, and had to run away so Esau wouldn’t kill him.
Our memory verse gives us another reason to trust God.
God is Just-This means that God is always fair.
Heather and her parents moved into her grandma’s old house. She was so excited because her new room was painted her favorite color light blue. There was an attic door in her room and it was so much fun to go inside the attic to explore things.
One day, she found a beautiful antique gold pocket watch in the attic and decided to keep it.
She rode her scooter over to her older cousin Eric’s house and showed him the watch.
Eric really wanted that watch. He was sneaky and decided to trick Heather into giving it to him. He looked at the watch and told her it was broken and that she should just throw it away. Then he offered her five dollars if she gave it to him instead.
Heather had no idea that the watch could easily be fixed and was worth five hundred dollars, so she agreed. On her way home, she spent the money on bubble gum tape, peanut butter cups, and Sour Patch Kids.
Her mom was really mad at her when she found out that Heather stole the watch and then sold it. It was Heather’s grandpa’s watch; and wasn’t hers to keep or to sell.
Heather told God all of things she did wrong, and went back to her cousin’s house but, no matter how much she cried and begged him; he wouldn’t give the watch back.
Eric was a trickster just like Jacob was a trickster in our Bible story above. What Eric did was totally unfair to Heather. What Jacob did was totally unfair to his dad Isaac and to his brother Esau.
WHEN SOMEONE TREATS YOU UNFAIR, TELL GOD RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE:
God is Just – This means that God is always fair.