Isaac Blesses JacobMain Points to
Jacob and Rebekah deceived Isaac and Esau, but God knew before they were
blessing: blessing is a sign of
special favor that is intended to result in prosperity and
success (Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology)
Prayer: Father, we know your promises will be fulfilled without
lies or deceit on our part.
Lesson: Genesis 27
Craft: Bring two paper plates and a brass fastener for
each student. Have students draw Isaac on one half of one plate. Cut
the other half off. On the second plate, draw Jacob (facing Isaac
when stacked) on one half, and Esau facing Isaac on the other half.
(Jacob and Esau will be facing different directions). If you want,
bring fake fur to attach to Jacob, etc.
Object Lesson: (Bring in some fake (or real) animal
skin). Wrap the fur around an object that normally doesn't have fur.
Blindfold a student and have them try to figure out what it is. Have
all the students see how it's harder when you're blind to understand
the deception. Discuss how Satan disguises evil to seem like good,
just like Jacob disguised himself to feel like Esau. We must not be
"blind" like Isaac to the evil beneath. We must be "clever as
serpents" when it comes to identifying Satan and his ruses. Matthew
10:16. We do this by studying God's word and identifying deception
in the world around us. In what was does the world try to disguise
evil as good?
Activity: Review the family tree. Have the students use
generic paper people (like
Bible Friends) to
illustrate the lesson. Name them and post them on a board, using
yarn or dots to connect the family lines. A great source for OT
family tree information is:
it's not your fault: homosexuality is not a choice - it's
genetic, if he didn't make me angry I wouldn't strike out at him
evil is really good: white lies keep you from hurting other people's
feelings, I'll be like God if I eat the forbidden fruit
justification: if everyone else is cheating, I won't be graded
fairly; that company cheats it's customers, so I can steal from it.
denial: nothing bad will happen if I do it just this once, I couldn't
God had told Rebekah that Esau would serve Jacob. T
God needed Rebekah's help in fulfilling the prophecy. F
Isaac was suspicious of Jacob's identity. T
Esau did not value the blessing. F
Isaac took back the blessing he gave to Jacob. F
Review Questions (can be
Heb. 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
What is a blessing? a sign of favor intended to prosper the recipient
Unscramble this word_________ singlebs
Fill in the blanks: "By faith Isaac ____________ Jacob and Esau concerning
things to come."
Draw a quick picture of a hairy man.
Act out Esau discovering Jacob's deceit.
Blindfold a student. Have another unnamed student reach out their hand. See
if the blindfolded student can identify whose hand is out.
How did Jacob feel about Rebekah's plan? he was nervous that he'd get
How did Esau feel about Jacob's deception? he was angry to the point of
How did Isaac feel about Jacob's deception? he was saddened and angry
- Was Rebekah forced to deceive Isaac in order to make God's prophecy come
true? (no - God's promises are fulfilled no matter what man does)
- Should we deceive others, even if we think we deserve what we're lying
for? no - if we will get it, God will provide a way
- When others take what is ours, are we justified in taking revenge? no
How did Jacob deceive Isaac? by wearing Esau's clothes, and wearing animal
fur on his hands and neck.
What two things did Jacob take from Esau? his birthright and his blessing
What did Isaac ask Esau to prepare? game (wild animal meat)
Why couldn't Isaac take back the blessing? The blessing was part prophecy,
and prophecies are true.
What did Isaac give as Esau's blessing? that he would live off the earth and
that he would break free of his brother's rule
Why did Jacob run away? Esau was angry to the point of killing his brother.