Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oh, Dear Brother, You've Come Home At Last

by Mary Vee
Genesis 33:1-16

"Oh, no! There he is." Jacob lowered his hands from shading his eyes. "All right everyone. Stay calm. We'll break into the groups just like we practiced."

He called Bilhah and Zilpah first. "Get your sons and go to the front of our family." Bilhah called Dan and Naphtali. Zilpah called Gad and Asher. The six of them walked cautiously to the front of the family.

Jacob then called Leah. "Have your children stand by you. You will be the next group." Leah called Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulum, and Dinah. The eight of them stood behind Bilhah and Zilpah and their children.

Jacob walked over to Rachel. "Keep Joseph close to you. Stand behind Leah and her children."

Rachel's eyes teared. "But Jacob, I'm scared."

Jacob lifted her chin. "Don't be afraid. You'll be safe. God will protect us." He smiled and walked to the front of his family.

His eye twitched and his mouth tasted dry. He glanced at his brother. Please don't hurt my family. Jacob dropped to the ground and bowed seven times as he moved toward his brother, Esau.

He heard footstep running toward him. Jacob looked up and saw Esau with his arms open wide. "Jacob, Oh Jacob. How I've longed to see you. You are home at last."

Esau grabbed his brother and hugged him. The two brothers wept together. "Jacob, my brother, who are these women and children with you?"

Jacob stood tall, wiped his eyes, and laughed. "These, dear brother, are my children whom God has graciously given your servant." Jacob waved his family to come. Bilhah and Zilpah brought their children forward to bow before Esau. Next Leah brought her children forward to bow.

Jacob ran back to Rachel and Joseph. He gazed in her eyes. "It's OK. I'll walk with you. Come meet Esau." The three bowed down to respect Esau.

Esau shrugged his shoulders and pressed his hands forward. "Jacob what was the meaning of all the animals you sent before your family?"

I wish to find favor in your sight, my lord."

Esau shook his head. "No. I have enough. Keep what you have for yourself."

Jacob smiled. "Please, dear brother. If I have found favor in your sight, receive this present from my hand. I can't tell you how much it means to see you pleased with me. I ask you to take this blessing I give to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have enough."

Esau stroke his beard and nodded. "Very well, I shall accept your gift." He reached out and gave Jacob another hug. "I've got a great idea."

Jacob stepped back a step and gazed into his brother's eyes. "What?"

"We could all travel back together. My men and I will go first to protect your family. What do say? Isn't it a great idea?"

Jacob looked back at his family. I'm not sure if I can trust him. He has four hundred men with him. Maybe he'll use this as an opportunity to attack my family.

He looked back at Esau. "My children are weak, and some of the young animals still nurse. If the men drive them too hard to keep up, they will die. You go ahead. I will lead at a pace which the livestock and children are able to endure until I meet up with you in Seir."

Esau's smile fell into disappointment. "What if I leave some of my men to help?"

Jacob sighed. "Dear brother, I've brought my family this far. You go. I'll meet you there."

Jacob's brother forgave him! Esau welcomed Jacob home with a hug! Did Jacob believe he was forgiven? Sometimes we don't believe God forgives us. How can this story help you? Click the comment button to tell us what you think.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

God Blesses Jacob and Gives Him a New Name

by Mary Vee
Genesis 32:13-32

Jacob's eyes popped open. Dawn. Better get moving. Let's see, what should I give Esau to keep him from attacking my family?

Jacob wandered out to his herds. I'll select some of my finest animals. He separated 220 goats, 220 sheep, 30 milk camels and their colts, 50 cattle, and 30 donkeys. Jacob looked the group of animals over. Yes, this should make Esau happy.

Once Jacob guided the goats, sheep, camels, cattle,and donkeys away from the other animals, he returned to the camp for breakfast.

Joseph ran to him and gave him a hug. "Momma says I'm gonna see Uncle Esau soon."

Jacob smiled. "That's right. Run along and play with your brothers." He gave his son a gentle push.

Jacob shoved his breakfast down his throat. I need to get everyone moving. Once all my possessions are split and we're on the road, I'll feel better.

The second after he swallowed the last bite of food, a loud, rumbling burp roared from his stomach. All his sons, daughter, servants, and wives burst out laughing. Gad and Issachar rolled on the ground, holding their stomach while chortling. Reuben, Simeon, and Levi held their breath to keep from laughing, but failed. A sudden guffaw kept everyone laughing.

Jacob held his hand up. "Settle down everyone." It didn't help. Once a laugh starts, its hard to make it stop.

He waved a few servants over to him. "Come with me." Jacob led them to the family herds. "I've set apart these animals as a gift for my brother, Esau. Take them ahead of the rest of the camp, keeping each type separate. Drive one group of animals behind the other."

Jacob turned to the highest ranking servant. "Take your group first. When you see my brother, tell him 'These animals belong to your servant Jacob. It is a present to my lord Esau. He is coming behind us."

Jacob repeated the instructions to the four other servants, reminding them to approach Esau one at a time. They ran back to the camp to pack their belongings then left.

After the sun set and the temperatures were cooler, Jacob led his family toward the river. When they reached the water, he helped his family cross. He went back across the brook to help move their supplies across. Back and forth he went, helping. His family set to work arranging a camp for the night.

Jacob took one last look around for anything forgotten. He looked to his left. Is that a person I see? Alone, out here? The Man came closer and wrestled Jacob to the ground.

Jacob realized he was wrestling with the Angel of the Lord. They battled until the sun began to rise. The Angel touched Jacob's hip and pushed it out of joint. Jacob held tight and shouted, "I will not let You go unless You bless me."

The Lord said, "What is your name?"

Jacob replied, "Jacob."

The Lord said, "Your name will now be called Israel, for you've struggled with God and men and have prevailed." Moments later the Lord blessed him there.

Jacob stood. He watched the Man leave and said, "I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved." He took a step to cross the water and felt a sharp pain in his hip. Hobbling across the water, he noticed the sun glowing in the eastern sky, starting a new day.

So many things have changed for Jacob since he left his home years ago. He has a family, riches, and now a new name. Jacob's received a new name right before he crossed the water into the promise land. What do you think that means?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Jacob Sandwiched Puzzle

By Mary Vee

1. River Jacob crossed
3. What Jacob did when he was afraid
4. God _________ to take care of Jacob
9. _______lived in Edom
10. Jacob didn't say ____________ to Laban
12. Laban accused Jacob of _______________
2. Jacob felt ___________ about Esau's visit
5. Jacob and Laban showed their promise by using __________
6. Jacob sent _________ to talk to Esau
7. What Rachel kept from Jacob and Laban
8. The man Laban hunted
11. Jacob_____________ his family in two for protection

HOW DID YOU DO? CLICK ON THE COMMENT BUTTON TO SAY YOU FINISHED! The answer will be on next week's puzzle.

Answer to last week's puzzle:

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What to do When You're Afraid

By Mary Vee
Genesis 32:1-12

Jacob continued moving his family through the mountains toward his home. With all the children, herds, servants, and belongings, their progress was a little faster than a rout of snails crossing a beach.

Jacob met with some of his servants that night. "I need you to take a message to my brother in Edom. Tell him: I have lived with Uncle Laban until now. I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female servants. I am sending these messengers to ask if I have found favor in your sight."

The servants nodded. "We'll leave right away."

Many days passed before the messengers returned. Jacob's hands felt sticky from sweat. His heart pounded.

He called the messengers over. "What did my brother say?"

"He said he is coming to meet you. We watched him gather 400 men."

Jacob trembled. He's bringing 400 men? Surely he plans to kill all of us. What am I going to do?

Jacob stopped the camels and found a place to set up camp. The children ran around
playing games while the mothers made dinner. Jacob walked out a ways from the camp with a few trusted servants."

The children's laughter sounded above the donkey's braying. Jacob chuckled. "If only I knew they would be safe."

A servant nodded. "What would you like to do?"

Jacob stroke his beard. "I'm thinking if we divide all the people, flocks, herds, and camels into two companies, some will survive. When Esau comes to the one company and attacks, the other group will have time to escape."

"Good plan. If you'd like I'll divide the animals."

Jacob sighed. "Yes. Yes, that would be fine. I'll divide the people. Jacob took a few steps further. "You can return to the camp. I'll be back in a little while."

Jacob walked a distance further. The sun had set, leaving a red and orange glow in the sky.

He fell to his knees and let his head flop into his hands. "O God of my father Abraham and Isaac. You are the Lord who said to me 'Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you.' I am not worthy of the mercy and truth you have shown me. I crossed over this Jordan River. Now I've become two companies. Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother. I'm afraid he will come and attack me and my family. O Lord, You said, 'I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which will be so many it cannot be numbered."

Jacob knelt quietly for a few more minutes then stood. He took a deep breath of the cool night air. A few birds twittered in a nearby tree.

Although his mouth was dry and his hands still sticky, his heart slowed its beat. He turned back to the camp and saw his son Reuben walking toward him.

Reuben waved his arm. "Father, dinner is ready."

Jacob tipped his neck back and forth. The stiffness had left. He smiled. "Good! I'm starved.

As Jacob ate he announced to the family, "Tomorrow we'll meet my brother, Esau. Since our group is so large, it will be difficult for my brother to greet us all. We'll split into two groups and rejoin further down the road. Get a good night's sleep, I want you to look good tomorrow."

What did Jacob do when he became afraid? How did that help him? Click on the comment button to tell of a time when you were afraid.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rachel's Secret

by Mary Vee
Genesis 31:31-55

Rachel set a tray of food down for Jacob. "Here's your lunch."

Jacob smiled. "Sit with me for a while. Do you have time?"

Rachel brushed her hair out of her face. "Sure. What's going on."

"I'm excited about you meeting my mom, dad, and brother." Jacob picked up an olive. "I'm thinking, though, I should have told Laban we were leaving. I'd probably be mad if my daughters and grandchildren suddenly left without saying good bye."

"Don't be concerned." Rachel touched his hand. "I support you in your decision. Father has been unfair to you all these years."

Jacob glanced at the road. He noticed a cloud of dust. "Someone is traveling toward us. There moving fast." He squinted. I hope that isn't Laban.

He stood and watched the cloud grow closer. "Oh, no. I'd recognize those camels anywhere. It's Laban all right."

Rachel's eyes grew wide. "Father? He's here? Um, excuse me, Jacob, I need to um, to hide, I mean take care of something." She ran for her tent as Laban and his men stopped outside their camp.

Laban slid off his camel and approached Jacob. His face grew red and he balled his fist. "Why did you flee with my daughters and grandchildren?

Jacob sighed. "In truth, I was afraid you'd take your daughters away from me by force even though they are my wives."

"But did you have to steal my gods?"

Jacob's jaw dropped. "Your what? No one took your gods. We carefully packed only our things." Does he really think I'd be crazy enough to take something that was his? Jacob shook his head. "Tell you what. You can search everything I have, if you find your gods you can kill the thief. Go search. Show me or anyone else here in my camp the stolen items you find."

Laban stuck his head high. "All right, I will." He signaled his sons and his servants to help him search.

Jacob noticed Rachel peaking her head out of her tent. Why is she hiding from him?

Laban flung back Jacob's tent flap. He threw blankets, tables, pitchers, and clothes around then he huffed over to Leah's tent. He growled at her as he threw her furniture, clothing, and jewels on the floor. "Where are they? Where have you hidden them?"

Leah ran to Jacob with tears dripping down her face. "What is he looking for?"

Jacob held her close. "His gods."

Laban stomped to the two maid's tents, threw things around then walked over to Rachel's tent. Jacob inched closer to her tent then held his finger to his lips to hush the children.

Jacob leaned closer to hear her soft voice. "Excuse me for not getting up, Father. I'm not well." Seconds later Laban whipped open her tent flap.

He didn't find anything. The nerve of him throwing our things around and accusing my family of stealing!

Jacob stomped over to Laban. "Are you satisfied? What is my crime? You searched everything. Where are the stolen items, hmmm? Lay them out here before all of us so I can be judged before this camp."

Jacob threw out his arms and stepped closer. "I served you for twenty years and bore any loss from your herd. I worked while thirsty, cold, and tired. I served you with every bit of my strength, yet, I'm convinced had God not been with me you would have taken everything I earned."

Laban folded his arms. "Everything here is mine." He glanced at each grandchild then turned back to Jacob. "Let's make a promise."

They made a pillar of rocks and promised to not bother each other. Laban arose, kissed his children and his daughters good bye then went home.

Have you figured out what Rachel's secret is? What problem did her secret cause? If you would like help finding the answer, read Genesis 31: 31-43. The answer will also be given in the next story.

Sometimes keeping a secret hurts the people we love.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Aack--Laban Can't Find Jacob

by Mary Vee
DIRECTIONS: Poor Laban is hunting for Jacob, his daughter's and grandchildren. Help him find his way.


The answer to last week's puzzle is:

Jacob worked hard. God blessed him for obeying.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Laban Hunts for Jacob

By Mary Vee
Genesis 31: 19-29

"Been kinda quiet lately. Usually one of the grandson's find a way to come for a visit." Laban scratched his beard. "Hope everything's all right."

He shrugged and headed out to the flock. "I'm sure one of them will stop by soon enough. In the meantime I'd better get busy shearing the sheep."

Laban pushed the sleeves of his tunic higher. "Sure is a hot one today." He looked toward the pasture. His servants chased a few sheep who walked away from the flock.

Another servant set down tools he'd gather for the shearing. "Master, did you know that Jacob left a few days ago with his family?"

Laban's jaw flopped open. "He did what?"

The servant cleared his throat. "I'm sorry, I thought you knew. Jacob packed his family and his belongings and headed south."

Laban's heart pounded. His face felt warm. "He took my daughter's and my grandchildren without saying good bye? Why that Jacob--I knew I couldn't trust him. You men, secure these sheep then prepare the camels for a journey."

"Are we going to bring Jacob back to help, Master?"

Laban shook his head. He squinted and balled up his fist. "I'll decide when I get there."

Laban, his sons, and a few servants left right away and rode as quickly as they could, taking breaks only when the animals needed one.

One of the son's urged his camel near Laban's. "The road turns ahead. Do you want to keep heading south or follow the road?"

"Most likely he kept on the road for the safety of his family. Stay on the road."

Five days went by. Laban grumbled at the evening fire. "Where are they? We've searched this road and a distance on either side. We should've caught up to them two day's ago."

The men sat silently. Laban got up and paced near a tree. "We break camp before dawn tomorrow. Be ready. I'll find that Jacob if it's the last thing I do."

That night in a dream Laban heard God speaking, "Be careful not to say anything good or bad to Jacob." When he awoke, chills ran up and down his back. What a dream! I can't believe Jacob's God spoke to me!

The group searched for two more days. They rode as fast as the camels would take them. Shortly after the midday sun, Laban held his hand up to shade his eyes and stared. "What's that up ahead?"

One of his men cocked his head left then right to get a better view. "Looks like travelers with a herd."

Laban urged his camel faster. "That must be them. Hurry! I've got them now."

As they neared Jacob's camp, Laban ordered his men to set up tents for the evening. Once they were settled, Laban rode over to meet with Jacob.

Jacob came out to greet his uncle. "Laban. What are you doing here?"

Laban slipped off his camel and stood quiet for a moment. He looked over at his daughters who held their sons back, away from him. "What right did you have stealing away my daughters and grandsons? You left no word. You simply left without saying goodbye. Why did you flee away secretly and not tell me? I might have sent you away with joy and songs played with musical instruments. You didn't allow me to kiss my grandsons and daughters. You have acted so foolishly. You realize I have the power to do you harm? Fortunate for you, the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying 'Be careful to not speak good or bad to Jacob.'"

Laban is angry with Jacob. Do you think he'll make them go back to his house? Do you think he will hurt them or say mean things to Jacob?

God told Jacob it was time for him to go back to the land He gave his father. But, Jacob didn't want Laban to know he was leaving. He was afraid Laban would trick him into staying again. What could Jacob have done to obey God and to respect Laban?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jacob's Going Home

By Mary Vee
Genesis 31:17-25
Jacob woke extra early this morning. He stretched then pulled his blanket up to his nose. "Wait--What am I doing? --Today, I'm going home!"

He leaped out of bed and danced a jig. "I'm taking my family home to the land God has given my family. They're gonna love it. Oh, I can't wait to see father, and mother, and well--". He raised an eyebrow. "I wonder if Esau will still want to kill me....hmmmm."

Jacob brushed the tent flap away. A servant heaved a heavy trunk on top a camel. Little Joseph ran to Jacob and gave him a hug. He rubbed his eyes then giggled. "Father, I'm going on a long trip to see your father."

"Yes, we all are. You, your mother, all your brothers, all our family will go."

Joseph looked up. "Can I say bye to Grandpa Laban?"

Jacob shook his head. "Not now, Son. His house is three days journey away. Not only that, he's very busy right now. Come. Let's join the others."

Joseph skipped over to his brothers. He sneaked behind his sister Dinah and yanked her hair.

Jacob called the family together. "It's time to leave. We have a long journey, so we best get started." He helped his sons and wives onto their camels.

Leah lost her balance, but Jacob helped to steady her. "Jacob, won't my father be upset that we're not saying good bye before we leave?"

Jacob sighed. "I'd rather not think about him right now. It'd ruin our journey. He's deceived me for the last time."

"But the children--they want to say good bye."

Jacob shook his head. "If he finds out we're leaving, he'll devise a plan to make us stay. No. Not another day. My sons and daughter belong in the land God has given my father, Isaac, and his father, Abraham."

Jacob walked over to Rachel. "Are you OK?"

Rachel smiled. "Yes, of course. I made sure everything was packed."

"That's one thing Laban can't accuse me of." Jacob rolled his eyes. "I've taken nothing that doesn't belong to us." He glanced back at their belongings packed high on the camels. "You checked all the supply trunks, right? There is nothing here that doesn't belong to us, right?"

"Yes, Jacob." Rachel placed her hand on Jacob's arm. "Father would be furious if we took something of his."

"Good." He squeezed her hand and walked to the front of the caravan.

The servants herded the livestock together. Jacob smiled then waved forward. "Let's go!"

He led his family south across the river and desert toward the mountains of Gilead. Time passed quickly. Several days later they reached the mountains. Jacob looked for a flat area to set up camp.

"Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, help stake the tents." As Jacob turned to check on his sons he noticed a group of riders in the distance.

Rachel ran up to Jacob and grabbed his arm. Her eyes were wide. "Father's come after us. What'll we do?"

Jacob stood tall. "Don't worry. God will take care of us."

Do you think Jacob was concerned? His wives and children were Laban's daughters and grandchildren. Jacob moved them away without saying good bye. If someone sneaks something do they really know deep down that they're doing something they shouldn't be doing?

Sometimes sneaking isn't bad, like when you put a present under the Christmas tree without wanting anyone seeing you. You reason for sneaking is to make someone happy. But Jacob didn't sneak away to make Laban happy. Why did Jacob sneak away? What did he do that would have made God sad?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Jacob's Code

By Mary Vee

DIRECTIONS: Use the code at the top of the puzzle to find the secret message. CLICK ON THE COMMENT BUTTON TO TELL ME YOU FOUND THE ANSWER:)


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Jacob Plans to Take His Family Home

By Mary Vee
Genesis 31:4-16

Jacob paced. One of the lambs playfully followed him back and forth. "Watch out, little one, I don't want to step on you."

He scooped up the bundle of fur. "What do you think I should do? Should I wait until tonight to tell Rachel and Leah, or should I send for them?"

The lamb licked his nose then said "Baaaah."

Jacob laughed. "I agree." He set the lamb back on the ground and gave it a gentle pat. The lamb scurried off and tumbled with another lamb.

Jacob called a servant. "Go to my house. Tell Rachel and Leah I must speak with them."

While the servant delivered the message, Jacob continued his work. "I wonder what they'll say. They've spent their whole lives here. Will my wives willingly leave their father's land to go back with me to my homeland? How should I tell them?"

He rubbed his eyes and paced some more. A moment later he heard Rachel and Leah's voices greeting him from across the pasture.

"Jacob! Are you all right? You've never called us out here before? What's wrong?"

Jacob laughed. "Whoa! I have one answer for all those questions. I'm fine."

Rachel and Leah looked at each other and shrugged. "Then why did you call us?"

Jacob pointed to three boulders. "Sit. I need to tell you something."

Jacob took a deep breath. "I overheard your brothers talking today. They're quite angry that my flock has grown large and strong. They say I've stolen from your father."

Leah rolled her eyes. "I'm not surprised. You have to ignore them, Jacob. They're just talking."

Jacob shook his head. "Not this time. Your father showed his anger by shaking his fist. I saw him from over here."

Rachel sighed. "Really?"

"Yes. Look, you know how hard I've worked for your father. I gave him my best, yet he deceived me and changed my pay ten times. God didn't allow him to hurt me, instead He's taken away Laban's livestock and given them to me."

Jacob leaned closer to them. "God spoke to me today saying, 'I am the God of Bethel where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land and return to the land of your family'"

Leah looked at her sister. "Is there any inheritance left for us in our father's house?"

Rachel shook her head. "No. He sold us to make Jacob work for him. He spent all the money he made from Jacob's work and still ignores us."

They turned to Jacob. "Whatever God has said to you, do it."

Jacob took a deep breath. He gazed at the pasture land around him then at his wives. "OK. Pack everything. We leave tomorrow."

God clearly told Jacob when he needed to move away. Jacob had many problem days working for Laban. He probably wanted to leave many times but he didn't. He waited until God told him to go.

God allows us to be in difficult situations to help us learn things. When the time is right, He tells us to go somewhere else. Has this happened to you? How did God show you it was time to leave?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jacob's Hard Work Earns Rewards

By Mary Vee
Genesis 30:37-31:3

Jacob gulped down the last of his breakfast, tickled little Joseph and Dinah, laughed with his older nine sons then set out to the pasture.

"Time to relieve the night watch." He yawned and stretched. "Today's gonna be a great day. Once my flock is built up to a reasonable size, I'm moving back to the land God gave my family."

Jacob hiked out to his uncle Laban's sheep. He rubbed his hands together and got to work. "Good, here are some rods of green poplar, almond, and chestnut trees." He took each rod and cut a wedge to expose a white strip inside.

He gathered the rods and stood them up in the flock's watering troughs. He stepped back and smiled at his work. "Yes, that looks right."

Each day the sheep came to drink, they saw the striped rods.

Even though Laban had been mean, Jacob gave his best care to Laban's sheep. He made sure they were safe, had plenty to eat and drink, and slept. He wanted them to stay healthy. He taught his sons how to care for their own flock.

Laban hardly spent any time with Jacob any more. Jacob didn't mind. He liked being in charge of the flock. About five months later, new lambs were born. Their fur had streaks, spots, or specks of color!

Since the lambs weren't a solid color, Jacob took the lambs and put them with his other sheep. "Here you go little ones. Laban said I could have all the streaked, spotted, and speckled sheep. So, you are mine."

The next day, Jacob had an idea. He took new poplar, almond, and chestnut tree rods, cut a wedge to show a white stripe and only set them in the sheep's watering trough when strong livestock came to drink.

When the strong livestock had newborns, the baby animals had streaks, spots, or speckles in their fur. The weak livestock's babies did not.

Jacob continued to separate his newborn livestock from Laban's. It didn't take long before he had large flocks, camels and donkeys, and many servants to help.

Leah and Rachel felt proud. Their children had everything they needed and much more.

One day when Jacob tended the sheep he heard Laban's sons talking. "That Jacob is no good! Why, he's taken away everything that belongs to Father. All his riches have come from our land! We've got to do something about this."

Jacob shook his head. How can they say that? I've worked hard. Uncle Laban said I could have all the spotted, speckled, and streaked livestock.

He watched Laban's sons talking to their father later in the afternoon. They waved their hands as they talked. Whew! They're really angry!

Laban shook his head and stroked his beard. He balled up his fist and pounded it into his other hand.

Jacob's eyes grew wide. He turned away and guided one sheep back to the flock. Laban's really angry.

He gazed up at the clouds. "What should I do?"

God spoke to him. "Go back to the land I gave to your fathers. Return to your family and I will be with you."

Finally, the time has come for Jacob to go home to the land God gave his family. He must be happy. God blessed him while he cared for Laban's flock and gave him enough to start his own home back in the land where he grew up. Jacob worked hard, even though Laban tricked him. What reward did Jacob get for working hard even though his uncle treated him mean?

Jacob left his home with his parents because he tricked his brother Esau. Now he plans to leave this place because Laban tricked him. Jacob has learned a lot about hard work, but do you think he has learned not to be mean to others?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Where Are Jacob's Kids? Word Search

By Mary Vee

DIRECTIONS: Find Jacob's kids. They're hiding in this word search. The list of names you're looking for are listed below the puzzle.


So, how did you do? click the comment button to tell me.

HERE IS THE ANSWER to last week's puzzle. How did you do? Click on the comment button and tell me.