Heroes of the Bible
Jacob the Trickster – Lesson 4
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
“Indeed, there is not a righteous person on earth who always does good and does not ever sin.” Ecclesiastes 7:20
The verse above tells us that nobody is perfect, we all sin.
Does anyone know what and old sin nature is? Your old sin nature (OSN) lives inside of your body. It’s invisible; that means scientists can’t look at it under a microscope and see a furry creature with polka dots. It’s pretty rotten as well, but it doesn’t smell like kitty litter or fish guts.
Your sinful nature wants you to say mean things to your mom and slam your door, fight with your brothers, and get jealous of your friends. In fact, your old sin nature wants to be your boss.
When you listen to your old sin nature and you do, say or think bad things, you are out of fellowship with God and not a happy camper.
God wants you to say no to your old sin nature and yes to obeying Him.
In our Bible story today, Leah and Rachael listened to their old sin natures. They were both Jealous of each other. Jealousy is like a green eyed monster living inside of you and it makes your soul hurt so bad that you will want to hurt other people.
Last week, you learned that Jacob really loved Rachael and wanted to get married to her. He made a deal with his uncle Laban that he would work for free for seven years in order to marry Rachael. When the seven years were up, uncle Laban tricked Jacob the trickster into marrying Rachael’s older sister Leah.
Jacob was really mad at his uncle, but ended up marrying Rachael as well a week later. The bad thing was that uncle Laban forced Jacob to work another seven years for free.
During that time, both of his wives listened to their old sin natures and constantly fought back and forth with each other. Leah had hurt feelings and was jealous because Jacob loved Rachael and not her. Rachael was jealous and upset because Leah had lots of kids and she didn’t have any.
Things got even worse when Jacob listened to his old sin nature and got married to Leah and Rachael’s maids as well which caused more hurt feelings and jealousy.
One day Rachael finally got her wish and had a baby boy named Joseph. Jacob was happy that the wife he loved gave him a son. After that, Jacob wanted to return to his hometown in Canaan. He knew this was where God wanted him to be.
Have you ever felt jealous or hurt before? Beth was the most popular girl at school and she had many friends. One day, she invited all of the girls in her class to a sledding party.
Almost everyone had a blast, swirling and zipping down the snow covered hills. When the girls started to feel like a popsicles, they went inside and had hot chocolate to warm up.
Beth didn’t have fun at all though; her soul was hurting! Her best friend Kristin had spent most of the time talking to a girl named Shelly and she was jealous. She was so upset that she did a mean thing and told Shelly that she wished she wouldn’t have invited her to the party. Shelly started crying and was very hurt. No one was happy!