In this 3rd Grade lesson, we study Jacob of the Old Testament.
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Rebekah and Isaac had two boys and named Esau and Jacob. The boys were very different. Esau was large and very strong and hairy. Jacob was smaller and he liked to stay indoors.
One day, Esau came home hungry and tired. Jacob had made stew, and Esau asked him to share it with him. Jacob told Esau that he would give him some food if Esau would let him be the first born son. Esau agreed because he was very hungry.
One day, Isaac told Esau to go hunting and then make him a good meal. After that he would give Esau a special blessing for the first boron. Rebekah heard Isaac, but she wanted Jacob to get the blessing. She came up with a plan to steal the blessing from Esau.
She told Jacob that she would make Isaac’s favorite meal. And that Jacob should pretend that he was Esau and had cooked it himself. Jacob didn’t think it was a good idea. Isaac would know that he wasn’t Esau because Esau was so hairy. Rebekah wrapped fur around Jacob’s hands. She dressed Jacob in Esau’s clothes. She was sure that Isaac would confuse them. Isaac didn't have good vision.
The trick worked. When Isaac finished eating, he gave the special blessing to Jacob. Jacob ran away when he heard Esau. Esau brought in the food that he had made and asked for the blessing. Isaac was confused. He told Esau that he had just given him the blessing. Then they realized they had been tricked. Esau was very angry.
Rebekah was afraid for Jacob. She sent Jacob away to live with her brother. She knew that there Jacob might find a wife.
On his way there, Jacob had a dream about a ladder reaching up into Heaven. He saw angels going up and down the ladder. He heard the voice of God speaking from the top, saying:
"I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants; and your descendants shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and by you and your descendants shall all the families of the earth bless themselves.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you."
Jacob ended up with four wives. Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah. Leah gave birth to four sons. Rachel, however, had no children. Bilhah and Zilpah each had two children. Leah later gave birth to three more children, while Rachel had one.
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