May 21, 2017

OT 18B Jacob Wrestles With God

Reference: Genesis 32


Story Summary: 
   Jacob left his Uncle Laban with his wives and kids. As he travelled, he realized he need to pass the country where his brother, Esau, lived. Jacob was worried because Esau had vowed to kill him because Jacob had stolen his blessing 20 years before. Because he was worried, Jacob prayed that God would keep him safe from Esau. Jacob reminded God that he had promised to make Jacob's family into a great nation.
   That night, a man came and wrestled with Jacob until the morning. Eventually, the man touched Jacob's hip and injured him. But Jacob refused to let the man go until he gave him a blessing. The man did bless Jacob. And he gave him a new name, Israel, which means he "struggles with God." Jacob named that place "Peniel" which means "face of God." He said, "I've seen the face of God and have lived!"
   Jacob went on to meet with his brother, Esau. Instead of attacking Jacob and his family, Esau hugged and kissed his brother. God had answered Jacob's prayer. He gave Jacob the blessing of a brother who had forgiven him for the wrong things he had done when he was younger.

Big Idea and Motions: Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Trust - pretend to grasp a rope in front of you with two hands
Lord - point up
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Heart - put your hands over your heart

Verse / Motions: Proverbs 3:5, ESV - Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Trust - pretend to grab a rope with two hands
Lord - point up
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Heart - hand over your heart
Do Not Lean - cross your arms and pretend to lean against something
Understanding - tap your temple

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who did Jacob’s family have to travel past? // Jacob’s brother, Esau
Why was Jacob nervous about travelling past Esau? // He had tricked Esau, Esau vowed to kill him
How many men was Esau sending to Jacob? // 400 men
What did Jacob think Esau’s men might do? // Attack him
What did Jacob do when he prayed? // Asked God to save him from Esau, reminded God of his promise
Who came to Jacob that night? // God.
What did God and Jacob do all night? // Wrestle
What new name did God give Jacob? // Israel
What does the name Israel mean? // He struggles with God
Jacob would not let God go until he did what? // Blessed him
What happened when God touched Jacob’s hip? // Injured it, knocked it out of joint, and Jacob limped

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/Id6tZz
Resources - http://goo.gl/PZhBtc

May 14, 2017

OT 18 Joseph and His Brothers



Reference: Genesis 35:23-26, 37:1-5

Story Summary: 
   Jacob had four wives: Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah. This was wrong because God said from the beginning that a man should only have one wife. Because he had so many wives, Jacob had many kids, too. He had thirteen kids: a daughter and twelve boys.
   But there was one boy Jacob loved more than any other: Joseph, the oldest son of his favorite wife, Rachel. One day, Joseph and four of his brothers were watching Jacob’s sheep. They did something wrong and Joseph brought a bad report about them to their father.
   Later, Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful and expensive robe to wear. When the other brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more, when they saw the beautiful robe only Joseph received, they hated him. They couldn’t save a kind word to him.
   Jacob's family had lots of problems. That's because Jacob's family was filled with lots of sinners. But the good news is that God had great promises to Jacob. And about 2000 years later, Jacob's great-great-grandson Jesus was born. Jesus was God's Son, and he came to save sinners like the ones in Jacob's family.


Big Idea and Motions: Jesus can save messed up people like you and me!
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Save - do the baseball “safe” sign
Messed up - twirl your index finger by your head (like you’re calling yourself crazy)
You - point to another person
Me - point to yourself with both thumbs

Verse / Motions: 1 Timothy 1:15, ESV - ...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Came - march in place
World - trace a big circle with your arms
Save - do the baseball “safe” sign
Sinners - two thumbs down
I am - point to yourself with two thumbs
Foremost - hold up 1 finger

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
How many wives did Jacob have? // Four
Which wife did he love most? // Rachel
How many sons did Jacob have? How many daughters? // Twelve, One
Who were Zilpah and Bilhah? // Leah and Rachel’s servants, Jacob’s third and fourth wives
What problem did Rachel have? // She couldn’t have kids
Who was Jacob’s favorite son? // Joseph, Rachel’s oldest son
When they were watching the sheep, what did Joseph do? // Tell on them for doing something wrong
What did Jacob give Joseph? How did the brothers feel? // A beautiful robe, they couldn’t say a kind word to him
What commandment did Jacob’s family break many times? // Love your neighbor as yourself
Who was Jacob’s great-grandson who came to save us? // Jesus

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/hcT2Qa
Resources - http://goo.gl/iMQWLJ

May 7, 2017

OT 17B Jacob’s Family




Reference: Genesis 29

Story Summary:
   After running away from Esau, Jacob ran to his uncle Laban’s home. He stayed with Laban for a month and worked for him. Laban wanted to pay Jacob for his work, so he asked Jacob what he wanted. Jacob asked to marry Laban’s younger daughter, Rachel. She was beautiful and Jacob loved her. Laban said that, if Jacob worked for him for seven years, he could marry Rachel. So Jacob worked for seven years, but they seemed like a few days because he loved Rachel so much.
   The morning after his wedding, Jacob woke up next to Leah. Laban had tricked Jacob into unknowingly marrying Leah. He did that because he wanted his older daughter to be married first. Jacob was furious with Laban. Laban told Jacob he could marry Rachel, too, if he waited one week, and also worked another seven years. And so Jacob did.
   Jacob and Laban were both tricksters. And because of their sin, they caused lots of trouble for each other and their families.

Big Idea and Motions: Sin displeases God and makes trouble for you and me.
Sin - two thumbs down
Displeases - cross your arms and frown
God - point up
Makes trouble - put your palm
You - point to another person
Me - point to yourself with two thumbs

Verse / Motions: Romans 6:23, ESV - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wages - pretend to swipe a credit card through a card reader machine
Sin - two thumbs down
Death - cross your arms over your chest and bow your head
Free gift - pretend to hand a present to someone else
Eternal life - trace a ∞ in the air with your finger
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Whose home did Jacob run away to? // His Uncle Laban.
Who were Laban’s daughters? // Leah and Rachel
What kind of work did Jacob do for his uncle? // Took care of his animals.
What “pay” did Jacob ask Laban to give him for his work? // To marry his daughter, Rachel
How long did Jacob have to work for Rachel? // 7 years
What trick did Laban pull on Jacob? // Had him marry Leah instead of Rachel
Why did Laban trick Jacob? // He wanted the older daughter to be married first
What did Laban say Jacob could do if he wanted to marry Rachel? // Wait a week, marry her, then work for 7 more years
How many wives does God’s Word tell us we should have? // Only one.
Which wife did Jacob love more? // Rachel

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/VbUqcB
Resources - http://goo.gl/gUoXof

April 30, 2017

OT 17 Jacob’s Dream



Reference: Genesis 28:10-22

Story Summary: 
   Esau had vowed to hurt his brother, Jacob, because he had stolen his blessing. When Jacob’s parents heard of this, they told Jacob to run away to his Uncle Laban’s house, which was about 550 miles away.
   One night on the journey, Jacob stopped at sunset. He used a large rock as his pillow and soon fell asleep. It was then that God came to him in a dream.
   In his dream, Jacob saw a great ladder to heaven, which angels going up and down it. At the top, he saw the Lord God himself. God spoke to Jacob and made him many great promises. These were the same promises God had made to Jacob’s father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham.
   When he woke, Jacob realized God had come to him in that dream. He made a promise to God: “if you keep your promises to me, then you will be my God.” Jacob took the stone he had slept on. He set it up like a pillar and poured oil over it to remember what God had said to him there.

Big Idea and Motions: God kept his promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
God - point up
Kept - clasp your hands together
Promise - Touch your right index finger to your lips, press the palm of your right hand down onto the top of the fist of your left hand (See http://goo.gl/B9xpEJ for a demonstration).
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - hold up additional fingers as you say each name

Verse / Motions: Psalm 105:8, ESV - He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations...
He - point up
Remembers - tap your temple
Covenant - pretend to write on your palm with a pencil
Forever - draw a ∞ in the air with your finger
Word - open your palms like a book
Commanded - wag your finger, with your other hand on your hip
Thousand - gesture your arms in a wide circle

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Why was Jacob running away from home? // His brother, Esau, wanted to hurt him
What did Jacob sleep on? // A large stone
What did Jacob do when he slept? // He dreamed
How tall was the ladder in Jacob’s dream? // All the way to heaven
Who was going up and down the ladder in the dream? // Angels
Who was at the top of the ladder? // The Lord God
What did God talk about with Jacob in his dream? // He gave him the same promises he gave Abraham and Isaac.
What did Jacob do with the stone after the dream? Why? // He set it up to remember God spoke to him there
What promise did Jacob make? // “God, if you keep your promises, you’ll be my God.”
Who was Jacob’s great-great-great-great grandson? // Jesus

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/EoHA5G
Resources - http://goo.gl/J1w7Qq

April 23, 2017

OT 16 Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing



Reference: Genesis 27

Story Summary: 
   Isaac, who was very old and blind, wanted to pray a prayer of blessing over his son, Esau. But first, he wanted his son to hunt some wild meat and prepare a meal for him to eat. So Esau set out.
   Rebekah overheard this and went to Jacob. She told Jacob to pretend to be Esau and get Isaac to bless him instead. They cooked food the way Isaac liked it, dressed Jacob in Esau’s clothes, and even coated Jacob in goat fur so he’d be hairy like Esau.
   When Jacob came, Isaac was suspicious. But Jacob kept lying and lying, saying that he was Esau. Eventually, he convinced Isaac of his lies and Isaac blessed him.
   Soon after Jacob left, Esau arrived with his wild meat, prepared for his father. Quickly, Isaac and Esau realized they’d been tricked by Jacob. Esau as furious and wanted to kill Jacob. Rebekah heard of this and told Jacob to run away to her brother, Laban.

Big Idea and Motions: Tell the truth like God.
Tell - make your hand talk like a puppet
Truth - tap your lips with your index finger, then point away*
God - point up
* This is the ASL sign for “true”

Verse / Motions: Ephesians 4:25, ESV - Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor...
Put away - pretend to toss something over your shoulder
Falsehood - cross your index fingers in an X over your lips
Each one of you - point to different people as you say each of these words
Speak - make your hand talk like a puppet
Truth - tap your lips with your index finger, then point away*
With his neighbor - put your arm around someone else
* This is the ASL sign for “true”

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did Isaac want to do for his son, Esau? // Pray a prayer of blessing to God for him
What did Isaac want Esau to do first? //Hunt for meat and cook it for him
When Rebekah heard this, what did she do? // Get Jacob and make a plan to trick Isaac
What was Rebekah’s plan? // Have Jacob pretend to be Esau and steal the blessing
What did they do to make Jacob smell and feel like Esau? // Wore his clothes and goat skins
Why couldn’t Isaac see that it was Jacob? // He was blind.
Did Jacob successfully trick Isaac? What did Isaac do? // Yes, he blessed him
Who came in after Jacob left? What happened? // Esau did. He and Isaac realized Jacob tricked them
How did Esau feel after Jacob stole his blessing? // So mad he wanted to kill Jacob.
What did Rebekah tell Jacob to do? // Run away from Esau to live with her brother

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/PNsFDm
Resources - http://goo.gl/lQnO5n

April 9, 2017

OT 15 Jacob, Esau, and the Birthright


Reference: Genesis 25:27-34

Story Summary: 
   Because Esau was the the older twin, he received his family’s birthright. That meant he would receive twice the inheritance that his brother Jacob would receive. And their father, Isaac, was a wealthy man. Esau's birthright was very, very valuable.
   One day, Esau came back from a long day in the wild, open country just as Jacob was cooking. He was tired and very hungry. “Give me some of that red stew,” he said. Seeing an opportunity to trick his brother, Jacob said, “First, sell me your birthright.”
   “Look, I’m dying of hunger,” Esau exaggerated. “What good are those rights to me?” Because he was so hungry,  Esau did a very foolish thing. He agreed to sell his birthright for a bowl of red stew. So Jacob gave him some stew and bread to eat and Esau chowed down. By selling his birthright for stew, Esau showed that he didn’t care about his birthright at all.

Big Idea and Motions: Small foolish decisions now can cost you big later.
Small - hold your hands about an inch apart in front of you
Foolish - twirl your index finger in circles by your temple and wiggle your head
Now - point to your feet with both index fingers
Big - hold your hands far apart
Later - point far to the right with both index fingers

Verse / Motions: Romans 6:23, ESV - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wages - pretend to swipe a debit card
Sin - two thumbs down
Death - cross your arms in an X over your chest
Free gift - hand a “gift” to someone in front of you
Eternal life - trace an ∞ in the air with your finger
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Lord - point up



Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
A birthright meant you got twice as much… what? (Inheritance, stuff when your parents died.)
Which brother had the birthright at the beginning? Why? (Esau because he was born first.)
What had Esau been doing? (Out in the open country, probably hunting.)
What was Jacob doing? (Cooking some red stew.)
When Esau wanted stew, what did Jacob say? (First sell me your birthright.)
What did Esau say after Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright?” (I’m dying of hunger! I don’t care about my birthright!)
What did the Bible say Esau thought about his birthright? (He didn’t care about it.)
Was what Jacob did kind? Why not? (No. He should have just given soup to his brother instead of tricking him.)
How did Esau’s foolish action cost him? (He’d get half of the inheritance later.)
How did Jacob’s foolish action cost him? (He didn’t get along with his brother.)

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/pZpnVO
Resources - http://goo.gl/joVoUW

April 2, 2017

OT 14 Jacob and Esau are Born



Reference: Genesis 25:19-26, 26:2-4

Story Summary: 
   God had promised Abraham that he would grow his family into a great nation. God began to keep that promise by giving Abraham a son in his old age, Isaac. But there was a problem: Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was unable to have children.
   Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. Soon after, Rebekah felt a great struggle inside her. She asked the Lord what was happening. God said, “Two nations are in your body. The older son will serve the younger one.”
   Rebekah gave birth to twin boys. The first to come out was red and hairy. They named him Esau. As Esau came out, his brother grabbed him by the heel. They named the younger twin Jacob.

Big Idea and Motions: God kept his promise to Abraham and Isaac.
God - point up
Kept - clasp your hands together
Promises - Touch your right index finger to your lips, press the palm of your right hand down onto the top of the fist of your left hand (See http://goo.gl/B9xpEJ for a demonstration).
Abraham - hold up an index finger to your right
Isaac - hold up another index finger to your left

Verse / Motions: Psalm 105:8, ESV - He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations...
He - point up
Remembers - tap your temple
Covenant - pretend to write on your palm with a pencil
Forever - draw a ∞ in the air with your finger
Word - open your palms like a book
Commanded - wag your finger, with your other hand on your hip
Thousand - gesture your arms in a wide circle

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What problem did Rebekah have? (She couldn’t have children.)
What did Isaac do when Rebekah couldn’t have children? (He prayed to God.)
After Isaac prayed, what did God do? (Let Rebekah have children.)
What were the babies doing that made Rebekah worried? (Struggling inside of her.)
What did Rebekah do when the babies were struggling inside her? (Asked God what was happening.)
What did God say about the two babies? (They were two nations; the older will serve the younger)
What baby was born first? (Esau.)
What was Esau like? (Hairy and red.)
What baby was born second? (Jacob.)
What was Jacob doing when he was born? (Grabbing Esau’s heel.)

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/wxHdNe
Resources - http://goo.gl/5OzRVl