Series: Lessons From Leaders
Theme: Learn From Jacob
Lesson Title: Jacob Prospers
Lesson Number: 3 of 4
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TEEN LESSON: JACOB PROSPERS; Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 6:33; Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Genesis 29-31 Jacob stayed with for his uncle his uncle, Laban, for twenty years. He fell in love with Laban’s younger daughter Rachel and agreed to work seven years so he could marry her. When the seven years were finished, Laban deceived Jacob by giving him the older sister instead. Jacob then agreed to work for another seven years. During these years Laban noticed that his family and his herds began to increase under the work of Jacob. Jacob worked hard and was a blessing to his father-in-law.
After fourteen years Laban agreed to allow Jacob to have some of his own flocks and herds of animals. Jacob agreed to take only the animals that were speckled or spotted. Laban was crafty and by changing the agreement of Jacob’s wages, he tried to keep Jacob from prospering. But Jacob was patient, he worked hard and he trusted God. God showed him a method for how to prosper. Eventually he became wealthy with many large flocks and servants and camels and donkeys. Laban and his sons became jealous of him.
After twenty years, the Lord spoke to Jacob and told him “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” God had been watching over Jacob all this time and fulfilling His promise that He had spoken to him when he had the dream of the ladder years before.
To us, twenty years seems like a long time, but to God that is nothing. God is eternal. He looks at life from an eternal perspective and He is not in a hurry. He just expects us to “Believe” Him.
Jacob has recognized that God has kept His side of the agreement he made, but Jacob is still afraid of his brother. Is Esau still angry? Does Esau still want to kill him? So Jacob prays to God! Gen. 32:9-12; He acknowledges that God has been good to him, he asks for protection and more importantly, he reminds God of what God has promised. He reminds God,(verse 12) “But you have said, I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.”
Jacob knows that if Esau were to kill him and his family, this promise could not be fulfilled!
Just as God promised to watch over Jacob and to provide for him, God had promised to provide for us. In Matthew 6:25-34; Jesus tells us to not worry about what we will eat or drink or what we will wear. He said to look at the flowers and the birds. They do not worry about these things and God provides for them. God knows what we need as well. Our memory verse says; “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
If you love God and seek to obey His will then when you need something, you can do like Jacob and remind God of His promise to provide!