This live-teaching series looks at five stories from the wacky family God used to rescue the whole world. Kids will see that even when families are wacky, God is full of great love and can be trusted.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from Week 5: Jacob and Esau are Reunited, Genesis 31-33
ASK YOUR KID
How can we trust God better?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Genesis 32-33
Twenty-one years after Jacob stole his older twin brother Esau’s birthright blessing he was still so full of guilt and fear at the thought of reuniting with him that he arranged to give him hundreds of livestock to appease his anger, which Jacob imagined to be still smoldering even after all that time. Read his prayer about the anxiety provoking event in Genesis 32:9-12. He had harbored guilt for two decades and was so overcome with fear and angst that his inward emotional turmoil became an outward, physical wrestling match.
All night long he wrestled with a mysterious man and refused to tap out even when the man put his hip out of joint. What did Jacob still want? A blessing. Maybe stealing his brother’s birthright so many years ago hadn’t satisfied him. Maybe his identity as a deceiver and the devious ways he’d acquired wealth and a huge family was not enough. Maybe what he really wanted was forgiveness for having wronged his brother. Jacob was unfulfilled. He wanted more. So he wrestled with God all night, and he didn’t let go until he got what he wanted. He was wounded, humbled, and about to be blessed. The next morning, he met Esau. He was just hoping not to be killed. Instead, Esau embraced him, and they wept.
That is the blessing from God. He had the power to heal Esau’s wronged heart. He had the power to make Jacob’s blessing Esau’s blessing, too. And when Jacob expected to find Esau bitter, angry, and resentful; he found compassion, forgiveness, and love.
God is full of great love, and his ultimate blessing for all of us is full redemption of everything broken and wrong inside and outside of us. We can trust him.
In what ways have you wrestled with God and come out wounded, but humbled and redeemed?
When have you experienced grace and forgiveness when you should have received consequences or when you expected revenge?
“He is full of great love. He can be trusted,” Exodus 34:6.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.