In this 6th Grade lesson, we study Jacob of the Old Testament.
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Rebekah by Augustus Jules Bouvier
In this unit, we have been reading the first book of the Bible, Genesis. In the last lesson, we learned about Abraham, the father of all nations, and how God tested him with his son, Isaac. Now we’ll follow the life of Isaac and see what God had in store for him.
When Isaac grew up, his father, Abraham, decided that it was time for him to get married. He sent his servant to the city of Nahor to find Isaac a wife. The servant prayed to God that He would help him pick the right woman. He prayed that God would show him a special sign. Since it was really hot out, and the servant was next to a well with his camels, he prayed to God that the right woman would offer him a drink, and would even offer to give water to his camels. The servant waited and waited, and then along came a woman named Rebekah. She was very lovely and she came to the well to fill her pitcher with water. The servant asked her for a drink, and to his surprise she offered him her pitcher, and then offered some to his camels! The servant was so happy that God had helped him find the best wife for Isaac.
One day, after she and Isaac were married, Rebekah realized that she was going to have a baby. However, there was something unusual going on in her womb. Rebekah asked God what was wrong. God said that there were two nations inside of her and that the older one would someday serve the younger one. Rebekah knew then that she was going to have twins, but she was confused about why the older one would serve the younger one, because the firstborn son always inherited everything and was in charge once the parents died.
Rebekah gave birth to two boys and they named them Esau and Jacob. The boys were very different from each other. Esau was larger and very strong and hairy. He was a great hunter and he liked to spend his time outside. Jacob, on the other hand, was smaller, not very athletic, and liked to stay indoors. They grew to be good, strong men.
One day, after he had been outside working hard all day, Esau came home and was starving. Jacob had made a tasty stew, and Esau asked him to share it with him because he was so hungry. Jacob had always wished that he was the older of the two of them, so he said to Esau that he would give him some of the food if Esau would let him be the first born son. Esau agreed because he thought he might die of hunger.
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