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The time had come for Israel, Jacob, to die. Knowing what was happening to him, Jacob called for Joseph so that he could say good-bye.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • The fact that everyone dies. We are sad, but this is something that happens to everyone.
  • Because we will die it is important to use our time well on earth.

Creative Thinking

  • Israel had two names: Israel and Jacob. What would be the reason for calling him Israel here and not Jacob?
  • We know that everyone will die, yet we are still surprised and very sad when someone dies, even if they are old. Why is this?

Homeschool Activities

  • Write a letter from Jacob, Israel, explaining why he called to see Joseph at this time and not any of his other sons.
  • Go through the book of Genesis and record all of the times that Joseph was favored over Jacob’s other children.
  • If, God forbid, you were dying, who would you especially like to say good-bye to?
      • What would you say?
  • Write a diary entry from one of the other brothers explaining how they feel that Joseph was called in to see Jacob, and no one else was.
  • If you were a broadcaster on TV and heard that Jacob was dying and he called in Joseph to say good-bye, what would you report on the news?
  • Write a newspaper article about the life of Jacob.
  • Write a biography about Jacob.
  • Write a tweet telling people about the latest news that Jacob is dying.
  • Write a tweet telling people about the latest news that Jacob is dying and that he called in Joseph to say good-bye.