Hey BridgeKids Families!
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Last week, kids learned that God told Rebekah before her sons were born that the older 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.
Open your Bibles to Genesis 25 & 27. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Focus in on the verses in 25:27-34 & 27:1-45. Here we will read the story of Jacob and Esau and how Jacob stole the blessing. We see that Jacob had to use tricks to get the blessing that he didn’t deserve. We don’t deserve the blessing God gives us in Jesus Christ either, but He gives it to us. We do not need to trick anyone to receive it, it is freely given. Teach your kids 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.
Ask the questions:
- – What work did Jacob and Esau have? (Jacob worked at home and Esau was a hunter, Genesis 25:27)
- – What did Esau trade for stew? (Esau traded his birthright for stew that Jacob prepared. is means that Esau’s right to more inheritance as the oldest son would go to Jacob; Genesis 25:27-34)
- – Whom did Isaac intend to bless? Who was blessed instead? (Esau was supposed to be blessed by Isaac because he was the oldest, but Jacob tricked Isaac and stole Esau’s blessing; Genesis 27:18-30)
- – What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s perfect plan.
Christ Connection: Christ Connection: Jesus is the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15) 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 He deserves.
Singing in Main Gathering: On November 6 we will be sharing another song from BridgeKids in the main gathering. Below is the song that you can practice at home. We will also have a practice with the worship team on November 3 at 6 pm. If your child would like to sing on Sunday, please make every effort to be at the practice.