Genesis 25:20-28, 26:34-28:5
Rebekah was chosen by God to marry Isaac and build the nation of Israel. She proved she had godly character by her actions in agreeing to marry Isaac. Bus was she perfect? No, like all of us she made some choices she shouldn’t have.
In chapter 25 of Genesis, we are told about the birth of Isaac and Rebekah’s twin sons, Esau and Jacob. In verses 22 and 23 we find Rebekah seeking the Lord’s council about her yet unborn sons. In these verses, God reveals that both sons will lead great nations but the younger will be greater. Now today that isn’t a really unusual thing, but in those days the oldest son got just about everything, even if they were twins! The two boys were just about as different as night and day and this is when Rebekah made a bad choice. She let herself love one boy, Jacob, more than the other, Esau. Sometimes a parent has more in common with one child than another or their personalities fit together better, but a parent should never love one child more than the other. But because she allowed herself to love Jacob more than Esau she started down a slippery slope of putting Jacob’s future ahead of Esau’s. When it came time for Isaac to declare his blessing, Rebekah encouraged and helped Jacob to trick his father. Now we know that God had told her that Jacob would be greater but deceit is never right. God didn’t need her help to make Jacob great!!! Jacob received Isaac’s blessing that he intended for Esau and this created anger and strife in their home. Esau even plotted to kill Jacob! Rebekah had to stop this by figuring out how to send Jacob away for a while. We know that God intended for His special nation to come from Jacob, and we know that God used Jacob’s time away to teach him lessons and to bring him great blessings. However, just because good comes from something doesn’t mean it was right. God would have blessed Jacob, Rebekah did not have to be deceitful to make it happen. God’s plan never involves us needing to sin to get it done. That is Satan’s lie. Trust God, He sees a way without involving sin, even if you don’t see it right now!
Talk about how lying may seem to make things easier right now but it usually is worse in the long run.
Get 10 cards. Any kind will do as long as they are all different. Together choose a “new” name for each card, such as, the 2 of hearts is now the 5 of clubs. Mix them up and see how many you can remember the “new” name for. It is easier to call something what it is not something made up!!!