Jacob's Lie - Genesis 27

The purpose of God will stand in spite of man's sin.

Yesterday morning our kiddos learned:

  1. Isaac desires to bless Esau
  2. Rebekah directs Jacob to deceive his father
  3. Isaac's blessing is given to Jacob
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Where is Jesus?

Read Acts 3:12-15.

Did you notice that Peter didn't call God "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau?" If you remember from the story, God chose Jacob rather than Esau to carry on the covenant promise he made to Abraham. In that covenant, or special promise, God said that Abraham's children would become a blessing to all nations. That promise was passed on to Isaac and then to Jacob.

Then one of Jacob's far-off grandchildren, Jesus, would become the blessing to all nations that God promised. When we trust in Jesus we are adopted into Abraham's family as one of God's children.

In the home

We are on week 17 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 111). Read the story yourself (Genesis 27) and retell it to your kids. It's amazing to see in this story that despite our sin (in this case - deliberate lies) God still accomplishes His purposes.

If I had one sit down with my kids I would focus on Day 2 because it challenges us to trust God always and speak the truth. Our tendency is to manipulate situations by lying to get a desired outcome that we think is "good". From the very beginning in Genesis 3 we see that when we determine what is good things go very bad. We learn from this that we are called to surrender our desire for control and trust in God. In the end God works everything out for good, even the sinful things that happen.

Pray about it! Ask God to help you trust Him and always tell the truth.

Memory Verse

September's memory verse is Psalm 145:8-9. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on October 1st.

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Aaron

Jacob and Esau - Genesis 25:19-34

God directs all things from babies to birthrights.

It was good to gather again as a church family yesterday morning! We enjoyed having your kids back with us as we continued on in our journey through the book of Genesis. Yesterday morning our kids heard the story of Jacob and Esau. We learned:

  1. God knew the older son would serve the younger
  2. God blessed Isaac with twin boys
  3. Esau sold his birthright in fulfillment of the prophecy
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Where is Jesus?

Read Romans 9:8-15.

Have you been wondering why God told Rebekah that her older son would serve the younger? Here, in the book of Romans, God gives us the answer. God wanted to show that he controls everything. By choosing the meeker, younger son over the firstborn, stronger son, God was showing us that He didn't need man's strength to accomplish his plans. In the end, God wanted everyone to see that His people are saved by our faith in Him alone, not because of when we were born or because of anything we do.

We are saved by faith (trusting in God's plan), and even our faith is a gift God gives to us. The most important part of God's plan to save us was the death of His Son Jesus upon the cross, who died to take our sins away.

In the home

We are on week 16 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 105). This week is a great opportunity to remind your kids that God is sovereign and in control of everything which includes our salvation. Out of love, God chooses to extend mercy to some. Some might see this choice of God as unjust, but Paul addresses this ins Romans 9:11-16. Since all men are justly condemned and deserve death for their sins, God doesn't have to save anyone. Therefore, when God saves anyone, He demonstrates mercy. The scandal, if there is one to report, is that God chooses anyone at all.

Read the story yourself (Genesis 25:19-34) and retell it to your kids. If I had one sit down with my kids I would focus on these questions:

  • Which of the sons do you think should have been the leader? (Day 2)
  • Why didn't God follow tradition and have the younger son serve the older? (Day 2)
  • Did Jacob do anything that made God want to choose him over his brother? (Day 3)
  • Why did God choose Jacob to carry on God's promise? (Day 3)
  • Why do you think God chooses us to be a part of His family? (Day 3)

Pray about it! Thank God for loving sinful people and reaching out to save them.

Memory Verse

Due to Harvey and the inconsistency it brought, we are going to skip August's memory verse and move on to September's. The new memory verse for this month is Psalm 145:8-9. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on October 1st.

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I'm praying for you as you get back into your "normal" rhythms as a family. As we all adjust back to what is left on this side of Harvey, I pray you make discipleship in the home priority. Will you make it a goal to sit down at least once as a family to talk about Jesus? I'm praying for you to sow seeds of truth and for the Lord to bring about fruit in your heart and the hearts of your kids.

Aaron

God Provides a Wife for Isaac (Genesis 24)

God's plan and our prayers work together

Yesterday morning our kids learned:

  1. Abraham knew God would be faithful
  2. Abraham's servant prayed in faith
  3. God perfectly answered the servant's prayer

Where is Jesus?

Read Ephesians 1:3-5, 11

Paul tells us that as Christians we are predestined, or chosen, according to God's plan. This is similar to how God chose Rebekah for Isaac. Abraham's servant prayed for God to show him a certain kind of woman for Isaac, and at that moment God had Rebekah walk to the well. God had already planned it!

God had an even larger plan in mind. Rebekah became Isaac's wife, and from their descendants Jesus was born. Long before Jesus was born God chose people and arranged the events for their lives in order to carry out his plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Isaac's wife became an important part of that wonderful saving plan.

In the home

We are on week 15 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 99). If I had one sit down with my kids this week I would focus on these questions:

  • All of Day 2! There are some great questions about the servant stepping out in faith and trusting in the Lord's direction
  • What can we learn about God from this story? (Day 3)
  • Read Matthew 6:8 to your children and ask them how it fits into our story. (Day 3)
  • Parents, explain a time when you had to trust God for something. (Day 4)
  • What does it mean to trust God? (Day 4)

Memory Verse

This month's memory verse is Psalm 145:1-3. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on September 3rd.

Abraham is Tested (Genesis 22:1-19)

When Abraham was told to sacrifice his son, God himself provided a sacrifice.

Yesterday morning our kids learned:

  1. Abraham's faith in God moved him to obedience
  2. Isaac's faith in God moved him to obedience
  3. God moved to save Isaac

Where is Jesus?

Read 1 John 4:9-10

In the story of Abraham being called to sacrifice Isaac, Isaac was just about to be killed when God told Abraham to stop and provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac. That means the ram took Isaac's place. In 1 John 4 we read about another substitute, Jesus.

Instead of killing us, God sent his only Son to be our substitute and die in our place. Jesus is like the ram. John tells us that God sent his Son to be a "propitiation." This means that Jesus died in our place, taking our punishment, and turned away God's holy anger for our sins. Unlike the sacrifice with Isaac, no voice from heaven called out to stop the sacrifice.

In the home

We are on week 14 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 92). If I had one sit down with my kids this week I would focus on these questions:

  • What would you have done if you were Abraham and God asked you to sacrifice and kill your only son? (Day 1)
  • What do you think helped Abraham trust God? (Day 1)
  • What helps us to trust God? (Day 1)
  • What do we learn in this story about Isaac's faith? (Day 2)
  • How should Isaac's example help you to obey your parents? (Day 2)
  • What does the word "substitute" mean? (Day 3)
  • How does the ram in the thicket point to Jesus? (Day 3)
  • How does Isaac point to Jesus? (Day 3)

Memory Verse

This month's memory verse is Psalm 145:1-3. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on September 3rd.

Isaac and Ishmael (Genesis 20-21)

The promise of a son is fulfilled.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:

  1. Abraham struggled in trusting God
  2. God fulfilled His promise to Abraham
  3. God saved Ishmael and Hagar

Where is Jesus?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:28-31.

All of our boasting should be about what God has done for us, not what we do for ourselves. That was certainly true of Abraham's life. God promised to give Abraham a son through his wife Sarah. Sarah seemed to be too old to have children, so she suggested Abraham take a second, younger wife to have a son. That's how Ishmael was born. Ishmael was Abraham's effort to make God's promise come true. But later on Sarah gave birth to Isaac, which was a miracle.

God wants us to give him the glory and praise for our salvation. That is why God gave Isaac to Abraham in his old age and that is the pattern God follows in saving us. There is nothing we can do to take away our sin. We must depend on Jesus to take it away. When God saves us, we know that all of the credit should go to God.

In the home

We are on week 13 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 85). Questions I would focus on include:

  • When you are tempted to be afraid and not trust God? (Day 1)
  • Why does God make Abraham and Sarah wait so long? (Day 2)
  • God kept His promise to Abraham. How can this encourage us as we try to trust God for the things we need? (Day 2)
  • Does God save us because of how good we are? (Day 3)

Memory Verse

This month's memory verse is Psalm 145:1-3. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on September 3rd.