Series: Lessons From Leaders
Theme: Learn From Jacob
Lesson Title: The Sons of Israel
Lesson Number: 4 of 4
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TEEN LESSON: THE SONS OF ISRAEL: Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord’ “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Genesis 32&33 &35 Jacob married both the daughters of his uncle Laban. Jacob loved Rachel, the younger sister but he did not love Leah. He married Leah only because Laban deceived him.
Leah had four sons and she hoped that maybe Jacob would love her because she had given him children. Rachel was jealous because she had no children. Then Rachel thought if she allowed Jacob to have her maid as his wife also, she would acquire children through her maid. Leah did the same. Finally Rachel did have two sons.
As a result, Jacob had eleven sons and a daughter by the time God told him to go back home. Jacob was afraid for his family when it was reported to him that Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred men. He sent ahead a generous gift of herds and animals to try to pacify Esau in case Esau intended to kill him.
That night Jacob was alone and an angel of the Lord came and wrestled with him. When the angel saw that he could not overpower Jacob, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip and Jacob became lame. Jacob requested that the angel bless should bless him. The angel said to him, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
On the way back home Jacob returned to the place where he had the dream of the heavenly ladder where God had spoken to him. God again confirmed the promises He had made. Jacob again set up a stone pillar and made an offering to God and he named the place Bethel which means House of God. As Jacob travelled, his wife Rachel died while giving birth to her second son. Then Jacob arrived home to where he had started many years before. His father Isaac died some time later.
Jacob, whose name was now Israel, had twelve sons who were to become the twelve tribes of Israel. Throughout the Old Testament we can read the history of these twelve tribes. The promises that God had made to Abraham and then Jacob were gradually being fulfilled. The plan of God for our salvation would come through these people. The tribe of Levi became the priests for the people later on and Jesus would one day be born into a family from the tribe of Judah.
God had a plan for each of these people from the beginning of time and God has a plan for each of us. You might not clearly know God’s plan for you but you can be assured that He has one and it is a good plan. You can ask Him to show you His plan for you. When you understand that you have a purpose and a destiny, it should encourage you to live each day seeking the next step of the plan.