Rebecca, Jacob’s mother, told him to trick Isaac, her husband and Jacob’s father, in order to get a blessing which was meant for Esau, Jacob’s brother. Did she do the right thing?
Discuss with your children:
- How they feel when someone tricks them.
- Times when it is okay to trick people.
- The difference between tricking someone and not telling the truth.
- In what instances is it okay to trick someone? How many instances can you think of?
- Think of a practical joke that will not in any way be mean or hurt anyone. Make a list of what you will need to carry out the joke and create a plan how to carry out the joke.
- Write an entry in Isaac’s diary how he would feel knowing that his wife was telling his son, Jacob, to trick him.
- Write a blog entry for Rebecca explaining why she felt she had to deceive her husband Isaac.
- Write a discussion between Jacob and a friend explaining how he felt deciding if he should listen to his mother, Rebecca, and deceive his father, Isaac, and brother, Esau.
- Write a poem or a song about honesty.
- Create a poster about why it is important to be honest.
- What is a blessing? Research different kinds of blessings.
- Write a paper on God’s blessings. What kinds of blessings are there in the Bible?
- Make a list of the top twenty blessings in your life.
- Write a blessing for someone else and give it to them.
- Give a decision from a jury for Rebecca’s actions and the reasons for the decision.
- Who do you think is more guilty Rebecca for telling Jacob what to do and helping, or Jacob for carrying out the plan? Give your reasons.
- Make a case before a judge either defending or accusing Rebecca telling Jacob to trick Isaac and take Esau’s blessing.