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Jacob Sees Esau Coming to Meet Him (watercolor circa – by James Tissot When the Esau. And with God's help, his plan works. He knew, before the birth of Jacob and Esau, just what characters they would both develop. requested Esau to prepare him meat, that he might bless him before he died. to practice this deception, but finally consented to his mother's plans. This week's Torah portion is about the story of Jacob and Esau–not the best Bay maximum security prison as part of our restorative justice program, because of his hip, injured during the night, finally meets his brother.
Which choice had eternal value? Explain that Esau was hungry, but his life was not in danger. He placed more value on satisfying his hunger than on the blessings and covenants of his birthright. In what ways do we sometimes choose things of temporary value instead of things of eternal value? What other choices did Esau make that showed he was not concerned with eternal values? Why were his parents upset over whom he married? Why is it important to marry someone who believes the gospel of Jesus Christ?
The Lord knew that Jacob would be worthy of the birthright blessing from the beginning and had revealed this to Rebekah before the twins were born. See enrichment activity 5. How did Esau feel when he realized Jacob had been given the birthright blessing? Jacob Marries in the Covenant Note: Why did Isaac send Jacob to choose a wife from among the daughters of Laban? Why was he concerned about meeting Esau on his return?
What did Jacob do when he saw Esau? What did Esau do? What did Esau say when Jacob tried to give him gifts? Even though Jacob had the birthright, what did he want to do for Esau? He wanted to share what he had with Esau.
Point out that each brother had to forgive the other. See enrichment activity 4. What do we value most when we are willing to forgive? Who else received these promises? Explain that the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant go from Abraham to Isaac, then to Jacob and his children. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith these blessings were restored and are available to members of the Church through temple ordinances.
Enrichment Activities You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge. Have the children tell about good experiences they have had with their own brothers and sisters. Remind the children that because families can be together forever, they should love and help their brothers and sisters. Share the following quotation with the children: Be loyal to them.
Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters.
Have the children discuss family situations such as the following adapt these if needed and add others to suit the needs of your class: Your older brother is preparing dinner and asks you to help even though it is not your turn.
Your brother is studying for a test in school. You are watching a television program that is distracting him from his studies. How many solutions can you think of for these situations? Which solutions would bring temporary pleasure?
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Which solutions would bring eternal happiness? Encourage the children to be forgiving and understanding at home. Read the following list to the children. Have them point their thumbs up for choices that represent eternal values and down for choices that do not adapt this list according to the needs of your class: This becomes important as the narrative continues, because it seems to imply Isaac let his appetite get in the way of God's plan.
Even though God had prophecied Jacob would rule, Isaac continued to favor Esau, chiefly because of his venison. Esau was rugged, hairy, a man's man. He was also a fornicator and profane, according to Hebrews Esau would further distance himself from God's commands by marrying two Canaanite women, described in Genesis Scripture explicitly states Esau's wives "brought grief" to Isaac and Rebekah.
This grief was more than likely twofold; grief over Esau taking from the daughters of Canaan, and grief over the fact these Canaanite women were, in all probability, idolaters. Their influence on Esau would not be good. Jacob The fundamental difference in the character of Jacob and Esau can be seen in Jacob's description as a "plain" man. The King James Version calls Jacob a "plain man". The NIV calls him a "quiet man". The NASB calls him a "peaceful" man. The actual Hebrew word used in this verse is "Tam".
There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.
Taken in context with this verse, Jacob was much more than a plain, quiet, or even peaceful man. He was a man of God, "blameless and upright".Sunday School Lesson - Jacob and Esau - Genesis 25 - Bible Teaching Stories for Christianity
Rebekah favored the reflective and spiritual Jacob. As Jacob tended the flocks and dwelt amongst the tents, he was likely to have learned to cook, as Esau had with venison. Jacob is doing just that in Genesis Esau runs in "from the field", as Jacob is preparing a pot of stew.
A logical assumption is Esau's hunt was unsuccessful, and Scripture says he was "famished", or weary. He asked Jacob for a bit of his stew.
Jacob agrees, though only in exchange for Esau's birthright. Esau's flippant answer illuminates his mind set. Jacob forces Esau to swear the birthright to him. Scripture casually relates Esau "ate and drank, and rose and went on his way". Isaac was aging, and had lost his vision. He called his eldest and favorite son to him with one last request.
Isaac tells Esau to go to the field, kill some game, and prepare it. After the meal, he would bless Esau. Rebekah overheard the conversation and immediately sent for her favorite son, Jacob. What unfolds between Jacob and Esau is reminiscent of a modern day soap opera.
While Esau is out in the field hunting, Jacob and Rebekah are busy preparing some game, apparently from the nearby flocks and herds. Rebekah prepares the venison as Isaac likes it.
However, one problem exists which they must improvise for, and hope it's successful if their plan is to work. Jacob and Esau possessed different bodies.
Esau was a hairy man, made evident throughout Scripture. Jacob, however, was not. In order to deceives Isaac, Jacob and Rebekah would have to simulate Esau's hairiness. To solve this problem, Rebekah dressed Jacob in Esau's clothes, to simulate his smell. She then took the "skins of the kids", or goats, and put them on Jacob's skin, and the smooth parts of his neck.
Only then does Jacob take the prepared meal into his father. Isaac sensed something was afoot at the sound of Jacob's voice. He ushered Jacob forward, and grabbed his hands, feeling for the thick hair of his eldest son Esau. Isaac blesses Jacob in Genesis Esau arrives back "as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob". When Esau approached his father, Isaac suddenly realized what had happened. Upon this sudden and shocking revelation, Isaac is said to have "trembled very exceedingly".
Morris points out Hebrew scholars have translated this phrase as; "Isaac trembled most excessively with a great trembling". The image is vivid. Isaac can offer nothing to Esau but a blessing which may be better characterized as a curse Gen. Esau became enraged, and swore to kill Jacob once Isaac had passed Gen. The struggle between Jacob and Esau escalated to a life and death situation. Throughout the ages this incident has been used as fuel for anti-semitism.
People have judged Jacob the guilty party, the manipulator and schemer, the liar. Based on the initial reading, this sentiment seems justified. However, one should keep in mind that Jacob is never accused by God one time throughout all of the narrative. God had, after all, confirmed to Rebekah Jacob would be the promised son. It was Isaac's job, as head of the Beth-ab, to see to God's will being done. He had failed to transmit God's wishes to his children regarding the birthright.
Jacob and Rebekah thus felt impelled to take matters into their own hands. Perhaps, Jacob's sin lie in he was not faithful to allow God to work. Four long oracles are found in the Old Testament concerning Edom, the descendants of Esau, brother of Jacob. Edom became one of Israel's most bitter enemies, constantly at odds with the Israelites from whom they were related.
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Interestingly, her initial plan called for Jacob fleeing to her brother Laban for only a "few days, until your brother's fury subsides". Little did they both know it would be a twenty year stay. She urged Isaac to send Jacob away to find a wife among their people, as Abraham had done for him. She complained once more of Esau's wives, perhaps to lessen Jacob's guilt. Isaac blesses Jacob, and sends him on his way.
Interestingly, Aramean blood ran strong in Jacob and Esau. The Hebrews and Arameans shared many close characteristics, including similarity of language. Jacob was called a "wandering Aramean" in Deuteronomy The ties between these two people, as well as those in ancient Mesopotamia, are made clear throughout Scripture. The current conflict should take notice of their extremely close ancestrial ties. Common ground is not as far away as people may think. At the time of this incident, Isaac and family were living in Beer-sheba.
As Jacob left his family behind Scripture records he "set out for Haran". From Beersheba the logical route would have led him northward, towards Jerusalem.
The route would have been well known by the Patriarchal family by this time. Quite possibly Jacob proceeded northward along the Central Ridge Route. Scripture is vague about the specifics regarding his journey. Jacob left in a hurry, to flee his brother Esau. Jacob and Esau would not see each other for a very long time. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. Jacob's various encounters with God are further proof of the difference in character between Jacob and Esau.
Scripture does not record one instance of Esau receiving a vision. This dream of Jacob's has come to be known as "Jacob's Ladder". Jacob's vision is described in Genesis He then gives Jacob the same promise He had given to both his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham The Hebrew word from which "ladder" has been translated is "Sullam". Though this is the only occurrence of the word in the Bible, the corresponding verb, "salal", means "to heap up".
The implication is somewhat akin to steps, or a ramp of somekind. Perhaps a more accurate image is that of the Babylonian stepped ziggurats. These temples would have been well known to the Babylonian Jewish writers of the Exile period. Regardless of the form of Jacob's dream, upon awakening, he immediately recognizes the place as holy, and names it Bethel, which translates as "House of God".
He commemorates the dream by erecting a stone pillar, similar to the ancient Stele click to view Israel Stele.
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Many scholars argue this spot was the very same spot Abraham had offered up Isaac, and would eventually become the sacred spot of the Temple built by Solomon. Scripture indicates Jacob renamed the city Bethel, "thought the city used to be called Luz. If Jacob did travel along the route it is widely agreed upon he would have traveled, he would have crossed the Jordan south of Bethel, passing through Jericho. From Jerusalem, he would have proceeded east to Jericho. Thus, it would not seem logical for Jacob to have traveled 11 miles north, only to backtrack.
This may strengthen the argument of those that feel his vision took place on what would become the Temple Mount. Indeed, many of Scripture's holiest encounters have taken place on this mountain. The journey to Haran would have taken close to miles. Moving at an average of 15 miles a day, the speed at which scholars estimate ancient travel, the journey would have taken over 37 days.
The paths of Jacob and Esau had diverged significantly. Jacob had left Canaan altogether. Meanwhile, Esau was busy with his own life. Esau After Jacob had left, Esau takes notice of his brother's obedience Gen.
Scripture reveals Esau came to the realization how "displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac". In an attempt to rectify matters somewhat, he married Mahalath, "sister to Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham.
He migrates to the red Nubian sandstone region southeast of Beersheba and laid down roots. Esau would establish his kingdom in this region southeast of the Dead Sea This mountainous region was known as Edom, indicative of the red colored sandstone which dominated the region.