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This Week's Lesson
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Sunday, November, 19, 2017 Jacob & Esau
1. God knew the older son would serve the younger son
Rebekah felt the children struggling inside her and was concerned. She wanted to know why this was happening. She prayed to the Lord, and God told her something very interesting. God said she was carrying twins who would grow up to become two nations and that the older twin would serve the younger.
Rebekah came to God in faith, believing that he knows all things and controls all things. God
does not always answer our “why” questions this directly, but he did here for Rebekah. In
doing this, he made her faith grow stronger. Rebekah’s sons continued the fulfillment of God’s
promise to Abraham, Rebekah’s father-in-law.
2. God blessed Isaac with twin boys
Just as God had said, Rebekah had twin boys. She would have known they were boys because God had said they would be “two nations,” and in her day only men could lead a nation. Also, normally the son who was born first would be the leading son, but God said the younger son would be the leader. So Rebekah probably also knew her sons would be very different from each other.
3. Esau sold his birthright in fulfillment of the prophecy
When Isaac and Rebekah lived, the firstborn son had the “birthright.” This meant that when the father died, the first son would inherit the family’s wealth and power. All the other members of the family would have to serve and obey the oldest son. But God told Rebekah that her older son would serve the younger. In
this passage we see how God allowed that to come to pass.
Jacob probably knew about God’s promise to his mother; i.e., that he would get the family birthright. So one day when Esau came in hungry from hunting, Jacob took advantage of the situation and offered to give Esau a bowl of stew in exchange for his birthright, which was still Esau’s to give away or to keep. Esau, for the price of a bowl of stew, willingly and foolishly gave his birthright away. By doing so, he was agreeing to serve his brother.
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read Romans 9:8–15.
Have you been wondering why God told Rebekah that her older son would serve the younger? Here, in the book of Romans, God gives us the answer. God wanted to show that he controls everything. By choosing the meeker, younger son over the firstborn, stronger son, God was showing us that he didn’t need man’s strength to accomplish his plans. In the end, God wanted everyone to see that his people are saved by our faith in God alone, not because of when we were born or because of anything we do.
God does not save us because we are strong or because we were born first. We are saved by faith (trusting in God’s plan), and even our faith is a gift God gives to us. The most important part of God’s plan to save us was the death of his Son Jesus upon the cross, who died to take our sins away.
SWORD Bible Memory | November
Preschool: Blue Dot
1st - 4th Grade: Blue Dot and Green Square
5th - 6th Grades: Blue Dot, Green Square, and Orange Triangle