Teen Talks – Lessons from leaders, look at Bible characters and what we can learn from them. The next four lessons will take a look at the life of Jacob, one of a set of twins, Abraham’s grandchildren. We will see how God’s promise made to Abraham begins to be fulfilled.
The ancient world believed that a name expressed the basic character of the person, or the name expressed what they believed was the purpose for the child’s life. The name Jacob means “heel-catcher or supplanter.” We have often been taught that Jacob was the “Deceiver” but when we look at his life another truth surfaces. He was the one that appreciated God. He asked God for help. He was the one that God chose to carry out His plan. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which means; “He will rule as God.” His new name tells us about the plan and destiny that God had for Jacob and his family.
In Jacob’s own family we can see examples of how names were given to express feelings and destiny. When Jacob was given Leah to be his wife, he did not love her because he was in love with her sister Rachel. When Leah became pregnant and had a son, she named him Reuben. Reuben means; “look” or “see” Leah said, “It was because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
Her next son, she named Simeon, which means “hearing” She said “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, He gave me this one too”
Her fourth son she called Judah which means Praise. She said, “This time I will praise the Lord”
It was from the descendants of Judah that many years later, Jesus was born.
Series: Lessons From Leaders
Theme: Learn From Jacob
Lesson Title: Jacob Values the Birthright
Lesson Number: 1 of 4
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TEEN LESSON: JACOB VALUED THE BIRTHRIGHT: Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: John 3:16; For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Gen: 25:19-34; Abraham’s son Isaac had two sons. They were twins. When Rebecca, their mother was pregnant, the babies (fought) each other inside her womb. She wondered what was happening so she asked the Lord.
The Lord said to her. “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated. One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger. When the twins were born, the first baby was red and strong and covered with hair. They named him Esau. The second came out with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. They named him Jacob. As they were growing up, Esau become a skillful hunter while Jacob was quiet and he stayed around the tents.
One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came home from hunting and he was very hungry. He said to Jacob, “Give me some of that stew! I’m famished!” Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said “Look, I am about to die, “What good is the birthright to me?” Jacob made Esau swear to him, selling his birthright. Then Jacob gave him some of his food.
The Bible says; “Esau despised his birthright.” He did not care! He sold it for a temporary pleasure.
But Jacob valued it. The Birthright was the special privilege of the firstborn son. He would inherit the biggest part of his parent’s estate. He also inherited the leadership and priesthood of the family. As these boys were growing up, Jacob spent time listening to the stories about God and how the earth was created. He would have heard about how God protected righteous Noah and his family during the flood. He would have heard how God chose his grandfather Abraham through whom to make the promise to bless the whole world. Jacob understood that God was important to his family. Even though God had not yet appeared to Jacob personally, Jacob must have believed the promises that God had made to the people before him. Jacob had Faith in God.
This is what FAITH is, believing what God has said and acting on it. God made many promises that we can read about in the Bible. We can choose to either believe or ignore them. One of these promises is found in John 3:16; it says; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
If you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, you are born into God’s kingdom. You are “Born Again.” This makes you part of God’s family and you have an inheritance of eternal life. This is a priceless inheritance. When you truly value what God intends for you then you can live your life as a “King’s Kid.”
Learn what your inheritance consists of by reading your Bible and by praying for God to direct you in your life. Do not sell your inheritance for temporary pleasures.