Sunday Wrap-Up for March 10, 2019
Thanks for reading the Sunday Wrap-Up! This short message contains the lessons that were covered in our SPF Kids environments on Sunday as well as ways that you can discuss and apply these truths as a family this week!
Our children learned about the Jacob and Rachel.
When Isaac and Rebekah sent Jacob away from his home in the promised land of Canaan to escape the wrath of his brother Esau, Rebekah expected him to be gone for a few days—just until Esau calmed down. (Gen. 27:44) But days and then weeks and then months passed; Jacob was with Laban for twenty years. (Gen. 31:38)
Before Jacob left home, Isaac blessed him and instructed him to find a wife among his relatives. And that’s what Jacob did. On his way to Laban’s house, God appeared to Jacob at Bethel in a dream and gave Jacob the same covenant He gave to Abraham. Jacob believed God had chosen him as an heir of the promise—to follow God, to lead the family, and to teach the next generation to follow God too.
This meant Jacob would have a family. He arrived in Haran and saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban. Jacob loved Rachel. He agreed to work for seven years for Laban if Laban would let him marry Rachel. After seven years, Laban deceived Jacob. Instead of giving him Rachel, Laban gave him Rachel’s older sister, Leah.
Jacob was angry. Laban demanded that Jacob work another seven years if he wanted to marry Rachel. So Jacob worked seven more years. Jacob’s own plans for his life were not lining up with the Lord’s plans. He wanted to have children with Rachel, but she was barren. His first four sons came from Leah. Finally, Rachel had Joseph and Benjamin.
In time, Jacob fathered twelve sons—Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. This week, help your kids understand nothing could stop God’s plan for the family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even though Jacob did not love Leah, God loved her and used her in His plan. Through the family of Jacob and Leah’s son Judah, God would show His love for the world by sending His Son to be the Savior He promised.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God keeps His promises.
○ Laban tricked Jacob.
○ God kept His promise to give Jacob a big family.
○ God sent Jesus through Jacob’s family.
○ Does God keep His promises? God always keeps His promises.
○ Laban tricked Jacob.
○ Does God keep His promises? God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.
○ Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Leah and Rachel.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Genesis 28:15 (Genesis 28:15a for Babies and Toddlers)
● “Jacob's New Name” (Genesis 32–33)
On Family Worship Sundays (the last Sunday of each month) you may have noticed that we recite questions and answers from the New City Catechism. “Catechisms take students through the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer—a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience. Also, the catechetical discipline of memorization drives concepts deeper into the heart and naturally holds students more accountable to master the material than do typical discipleship courses. Finally, the practice of question-answer recitation brings instructors and students into a naturally interactive, dialogical process of learning.” If you’re interested in furthering your children’s understanding of Christian doctrine (which I hope you are!), I would recommend using New City Catechism’s new Apple/Android app- which you can find here. The mobile app not only has the questions and answers, but puts includes kid-friendly songs to help in memorizing.