The Stolen Blessing

Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-45

On Sunday our RADIUS kids learned how God would change Isaac and Rebekah’s family. God’s plan was that their older son would serve the younger. That wasn’t how families typically worked in Bible times. The birthright was an important part of the patriarchal culture. Typically, upon the death of his father, the older brother would receive twice as much property and goods as the younger. But Esau gave it to Jacob for a hot bowl of stew. Later, Jacob wore his brother’s clothes and lied to his father to receive a special blessing Isaac meant to bestow on Esau—another privilege afforded to an oldest son. With his blessing, Isaac made his son master over his brother. Just as God said, the older would serve the younger.

Our kids learned that nothing can stop God’s perfect plan. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15), and He deserves all the privileges afforded to Him. But when Jesus hung on the cross, He gave up His blessing for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserve so that the Father would give us the blessing Jesus deserves.

Family Conversations and Activities

Family Discussion Starters:

  1. Jacob and Esau both wanted the wrong thing or tried to get good things the wrong way. Have you ever done the same?
  2. How did God make His plan happen? (Esau gave his birthright to Jacob.)
  3. What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s plan.

Family Activities

  • Talk about a time when it was hard to trust that God was working out His perfect plan.
  • Make a card of the big picture question and answer. Tape it to your mirror as a daily reminder.

Bible Verse

“I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” (Genesis 26:24)

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