God has amazing plans for each of us. He wants to bless us in ways we can’t even imagine! In spite of our own brokenness and doubt, God loves us with a passion, and we are called to trust Him and ask Him for help when needed. As you explore and enjoy these activities with your kids this week, share with your kids in simple ways how you see God working in your daily life.
This week your child learned that Isaac and Rebekah have two sons: twins, Esau and Jacob. Jacob tricks Esau into giving him his “birthright” and tricks his father, Isaac, into giving him Esau’s blessing. To protect Jacob from Esau’s anger, Isaac and Rebekah send him away to live with his uncle, Laban. On the way Jacob has a dream. The Lord appears at the top of a ladder reaching up to heaven and God confirms the promise He made to Jacob’s father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. Jacob makes plans to reconcile with Esau but is fearful of Esau’s response and prays for God’s protection. The night before Jacob is reunited with Esau he wrestles with the Angel of the Lord and receives a blessing as well as a name change. God changes Jacob’s name to Israel.
1. God always keeps His promises.
2. God loves us even when we sin.
"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true.” Psalm 18:30
Grab four paper cups to use as puppets. Review the main characters in the story as you create the puppets. For each character, have your child draw eyes, nose and mouth on the cup (maybe use googly eyes if you have them). If you want, draw clothes, such as a shirt & pants or a simple dress for Rebekah. You can use colored construction paper or old fabric; then have your child glue the clothes to the cups. Since Esau was very hairy, glue or tape red yarn all over the cup. Jacob’s skin was smooth, so leave this cup plain. Rebekah and Isaac were older, so bend their cups and then straighten again. Once you have created the puppets, you and your child can act out the story.
For snack time, make a ladder by using stick pretzels and marshmallows. Grab a large marshmallow, have your child stick one pretzel into each end of the marshmallow. Then in the center of the marshmallow stick another pretzel. On the ends of the pretzels attach another marshmallow, continue attaching pretzels and marshmallows until your child has created a ladder. Then let your child eat his ladder while you talk about how Jacob’s dream and the choices that Jacob made and how God always keeps His promises.
Grab a sheet of construction paper to make paper dolls. Fold the paper in half and draw a simple gingerbread man where the end of the arm and the leg are on the fold. Cut out the gingerbread man, but keep the fold so when you open it, the two gingerbread men are connected like paper dolls. Write Esau on one man and Jacob on the other. Let your child color both men and help your child glue small strips of brown yarn on Esau to make him hairy. Talk about how Jacob and Esau were brothers and how Esau was very hairy and Jacob was very smooth.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God that he always keeps His promises. Thank Him specifically for various ways you have seen Him keep His promises in your life.
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