Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Main Points to Remember
  1. Favoritism causes strife in a family
Prayer: Father, please help us to focus on our goals, not our troubles

Genesis 28-35
Lesson Text:
After Jacob's dream about the wonderful ladder, he went on toward Haran, the home of his mother's brother Laban. One day he found some shepherds around a well in Padan-aram and learned they were from Haran. Read the entire lesson...

Cut out the following blocks. Have the students match the Mother to the children. For younger children, color the columns to help them, or cut the lines in waves so the edges match like a puzzle. OR Use the trading cards for Joseph's Family, which has the brothers grouped by mother.
Leah Rachel Zilpah Bilhah
Reuben Joseph Gad Dan
Levi Benjamin Asher Naphtali
Sing: Sons of Jacob

: Add Leah, Rachel and their children to 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.

  1. Jacob was not willing to give up anything to marry Rachel.   F
  2. Leah was the oldest daughter.   T
  3. Jacob worked 14 years for his wives.    T
  4. Laban told Jacob the truth about marrying Rachel.    F
  5. Jacob loves his wives equally.   F
Memory Work
  • Genesis 29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)

 linguistic questions
  1. Unscramble this word: dresheph
  2. Fill in the blank: "When the Lord saw that Leah was not ______, he opened her womb..." Gen 29:31
  3. Name as many sons of Jacob as you can.
  activity questions
  1. Draw a picture of a sheep.
  2. Act out the scene where Jacob offers to work for Rachel.
  3. Pick out the names of Leah's sons. (From the activity above)
  4. Trace the line from Abraham to Jacob on the family tree.
  emotion questions
  1. What feeling motivated Jacob to work 7 years? love for Rachel
  2. How did Jacob feel when he learned he'd been deceived? angry
  3. How did Leah feel when Jacob loved Rachel more? sad, rejected
application questions
  1. In what ways does it hurt to show favoritism? It damages your relationship with the ones you don't favor, it damages the relationship between the favored and the non-favored, it can make the favored one proud
  2. In what ways does love require work? love means you are willing to give up something for another. Loving means putting your feelings second
  3. Rachel and Leah judged their worth by their husband's affection and the number of sons they bore. How should we judge our worth? by how much we please God and serve others
fact questions
  1. How many years did Jacob work for Laban? over 14 years
  2. How long after marrying Leah did Jacob marry Rachel? one week
  3. How many sons did Leah have? 6
review questions
  1. Describe the effect of favoritism on Jacob's family? (his Dad favored Esau - which led to stealing, Jacob favored Rachel - which led to rivalry between her and Leah, Jacob favored Joseph- which led to his sale into slavery)
  2. What motivated Laban in his dealings with Jacob? Laban was greedy and selfish. He did what profited him best. He made promises and then changed the terms later
  3. Why did God bless Leah with many children? to help her overcome the pain of Jacob not loving her