Hey BridgeKids Families!
This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, our journey takes place 20 years after Jacob ran away from Esau. Jacob had lived with his uncle Laban for many years, and God had kept His promise to bless Jacob with a large family and riches. Now God said it was time for Jacob to return home. But uncertainty awaited Jacob in his homeland. His brother Esau was there. The last time Jacob saw Esau, Esau wanted to kill him.
Jacob tried to prepare for his meeting with Esau. He strategically divided his family into separate groups. He sent gifts ahead of them to appease Esau. That night, Jacob anxiously awaited word from Esau, and that is when he encountered the Lord. Jacob wrestled with the Lord all night.
Open your Bibles to Genesis 32 & 33. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Explain to your kids that Jacob did not win by strength but by confessing his dependence on God’s blessing. Jacob had nowhere else to turn. He could not succeed by his own strength. Jacob held onto God and would not let go. God poured out His grace on Jacob. He blessed Jacob and gave him a new name, Israel. From Jacob’s descendants—from the nation of Israel—God would bring into the world His Son, Jesus.
Ask the questions:
- -Jacob went home because God told him to do so, but why he was afraid? (Jacob was afraid that Esau would still be angry with him for stealing his blessing; Genesis 32:9-12)
- – What did Jacob do to make Esau happy? (Jacob sent gifts, Genesis 32:13-18)
- – What happened when a man came to Jacob? (The man was God, and He wrestled all night with Jacob. When morning came, Jacob said he would not let God go unless He blessed Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel; Genesis 32:24-28)
- – Was Esau still angry at Jacob? (no, Genesis 33:1-11)
- – What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s perfect plan.
Christ Connection: Christ Connection: God changed Jacob’s life and gave him a new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Jesus’ death and resurrection provided sinful people with the way to be adopted into God’s family. When we are adopted into the family of God we also receive a new name—children of God (John 1:12).