The Promise Reaffirmed
Genesis 25:19-26; 26:1-6; 28:10-22
Abraham believed God. Romans 4:3
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In His covenant with Abraham, God promised land, descendants, and a blessing to all the nations of the earth. (Gen. 22:17-18) In today’s Bible story, God reaffirmed the promise to Abraham’s son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob. (Gen. 26:3-4; 28:13-14)
When Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, became pregnant with twins, the babies struggled with each other inside her. God explained their future. The older son (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob). Their families would separate and become two nations, one stronger than the other. These things came true, but not in the way Isaac’s family would have expected. Jacob tricked his father and brother to steal the blessing. To escape his brother’s anger, Jacob fled to his uncle’s house.
On the way, God spoke to Jacob in a dream. Jacob saw a stairway to heaven, and he saw God there. God repeated the promise to Jacob. He promised to be with Jacob. Explain to your kids that, like the stairway in Jacob’s dream, Jesus bridges the gap between heaven and earth. (See John 1:51.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Sin separates people from God, but when people turn from their sin and trust in Jesus, Jesus brings them into God’s family.
KEY PASSAGE: Romans 4:3
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- What did God promise? God promised to bless His people.
BIBLE STORY: THE PROMISE REAFFIRMED
- God promised to give Abraham a big family and bless all the people of the world through him.
- God made the same promise to Abraham’s son Isaac.
- Abraham’s grandson Jacob saw God in a dream.
- God made the same promise to Jacob.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTER:
- Abraham probably told Isaac and Jacob about God’s promise. Why do you think God chose to tell them Himself?
- Draw a family tree for your family to help your preschooler understand the concept of descendants. Compare your family to that of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- Go further: use some free online genealogy tools to search for family ancestors.