Patriarch Lesson: Jacob, Rachael, and Leah
Step 1: Excite
Brainstorm and discuss a time when you made a bad choice. Let the group brainstorm. What might you have done differently? How can God has used even your mistakes to teach, correct, or enrich you. What does that tell you about God?
Read Romans 8:28.
Step 2: Examine
Here is an outline of the Bible story:
A. Jacob’s love for Rachel (29:1–17)
1. First meeting with Rachel (29:1–12): Jacob meets Rachel by a well and rolls away a huge stone from its entrance so she can water her father’s sheep. Her father is Laban, Jacob’s uncle.
2. First meeting with Laban (29:13–17): Jacob and Laban meet each other and decide that Jacob should work for Laban.
B. Jacob’s labor for Rachel (29:18–30)
1. The diligence of Jacob (29:18–21): Jacob asks to marry Rachel in exchange for seven years of work for Laban.
2. The deception of Laban (29:22–30): On the eve of the wedding, Laban secretly substitutes Leah for Rachel, forcing Jacob to work yet another seven years.
Research the story of Genesis 29-31 in at least one of the following:
- Read Genesis 29-31
- Online: A Love Story
- Read “Here Comes the Bride.” in Be Authentic (Genesis 25-50): Exhibiting Real Faith in the Real World
- Read Rachel and Leah: The Appearance vs. Reality of Hatred, Jealousy and Deceit (Jewish study)
Step 3: Expand
Complete at least 1 activity.
- Activity 1. Look Deeper
Why did these events happen? What are the cause-effect relationships? What were the results? What does this passage reveal about God and His ways? What is the primary message of the passage?
- Activity 2. Answer Questions:
When Jacob wanted a wife, where did Isaac send him? At the beginning of their marriage, Jacob did not love Leah. Seeing this, what did God do?Why were Laban’s sons angry with Jacob? When Jacob left Laban’s house, what did Rachel steal? What happens to Jacob marrying Rachel? What does Jacob do after he is married to Leah and Rachel?What happens when Jacob gets to Canaan?
- Activity 5. Make a Booklet
Download the Rachael & Leah Booklet (2 p PDF)
- ❒ Correct all written work to demonstrate correct punctuation and spelling.
❒ Correct all written work to demonstrate correct and effective use of grammar.
❒ Add to your Writing Notebook the rules for all punctuation and grammar errors you corrected.
❒ Record any misspelled words in your spelling notebook.
❒ Add to your Vocabulary Notebook any new words encountered in this lesson. Include a definition
for each word. Use each vocabulary term in a sentence orally or in writing.
❒ Add corrected written work or any illustrations to your Portfolio.
❒ Add any important people or events to your Time Line Book.
❒ Share with a friend or family member an activity you completed for this lesson. Explain to
them what you have learned.