This week, our children learned about what happened to Jacob after he stole Esau’s blessing. We heard the story of Jacob leaving his home and wrestling with a man (Genesis 27-32). We discovered that Jacob was really dreaming and found out that the man he was wrestling with in his dream was really God!
Here are some ways you can expand on our lesson with your children:
Esau was mad at Jacob for stealing from him. Use this story as a teaching moment with your children if they get into a disagreement. Talk to them about how Jacob asked Esau for forgiveness. Refer to our craft this week that has our memory verse about forgiveness.
Work on memorizing our scripture verse together as a family.
“Be kind to each other. Forgive each other like God forgave you by sending Jesus.” Ephesians 4:32
Wrestle with your children. Play with them, love on them, laugh with them. After you play together, talk about what it would be like to wrestle with God.
Share with your children some ways that you have “wrestled with God”. Tell them a story about a time that you wrestled with a decision God was asking you to make. Share with them how you had to trust in God and rely on Him even when you did not understand how or why. Let them know that you understand that God loves you and that you trust His plan for your family and in your life.
For Community Groups (or at home) you can utilize the attached activities here and here.
In the Bible story, Jacob asked God to bless him. Ask God to bless you and your family. Think of ways that He already has blessed you (add them to your blessings bag!), and talk about it with your child. Then praise Him together for all of His blessings!
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9