Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 1 May 2022 | Lesson 18 || The Treachery And Flight of Jacob
Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 1 May 2022
Youth STS LESSON 18 | The Treachery And Flight of Jacob
TEXT: Genesis 27:1-46; 28:1-22.
MEMORY VERSE: “And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me” (Genesis 27:19).
Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 1 May 2022 | Lesson 18 | MESSAGE
Isaac had preference for his first son, Esau because he always enjoyed meat from the field which Esau always provided for him. “And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob” (Genesis 25:28). “And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son…”(Genesis 27:5).
This made Jacob to deceive his father based on his mother’s counsel. Jacob obtained the blessing intended for his twin brother, Esau, through deception. This led to great enmity between the two brothers which eventually forced Jacob to flee from his family and hometown (Genesis 27:42,43).
Jacob got the blessing but paid dearly for it. He ran away for fear of being killed by his brother and could not come back until many years after his mother had died.
Question 1: What are the consequences of sin?
The consequence of sin is always greater than what sinners bargained for. It may delay progress, destroy joy and relationship, cause untimely death and eventually lead to eternity in hell.
THE DAMNABLE EFFECT OF DECEPTION (Genesis 27:1-30; 2 Samuel 13:6-14, 21-33; 2 Kings 5:21-27; Proverbs 11:21)
“And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse my son; only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands and upon the smooth of his neck” (Genesis 27: 13, 16). Rebekah accidentally heard her husband’s conversation with Esau and devised a plan to have the blessing diverted from Esau to Jacob. Isaac was surprised at the quick arrival of the dainty food. “Who art thou, my son?” Isaac asked. But Jacob lied that he was Esau. (Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 1 May 2022 | Lesson 18)
Question 2: From our text, explain in what way Jacob profaned the name of the Almighty God.
“And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me” (Genesis 27:20). Again, Jacob lied, but this time against God; thereby profaned God’s name and broke the third commandment: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).
The Scripture warns that hell is the destiny of all liars (Revelation 21:8). Therefore, all heaven-bound youths should always tell the truth, no matter the consequence.
Question 3: Give examples from the Bible of those involved in sin of deception and the consequences.
Godly youths need to know when to say “Yes” or “No”. Jacob was negatively influenced by his mother into deception. The Scripture warns in Proverbs 11:21 that “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished”. Deception, craftiness, disguise or falsehood are condemned by God and will definitely attract great punishment.
Covetousness and lies are twin brothers of deception. We have various cases of deception in the Scripture. Amnon deceived his father, David to fulfil his lust on his half-sister, Tamar. Although, Amnon’s evil plan was successfully hatched, his life went for it. Gehazi, the servant of Elisha was not left out in the sin of covetousness and deception.
The man that was being discipled to be a prophet of the nation, deceived Naaman, collected two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of garments and eventually was afflicted with the leprosy of Naaman. “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9: 17, 18). (Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 1 May 2022 | Lesson 18)
Jacob narrowly escaped the discovering of his deception by his father. He escaped his brother Esau from meeting him with his father after he had received the blessing. This could have led to a great catastrophy.
THE DESPERATION OF ESAU FOR BLESSING (Genesis 27:31-46; Hebrews 12: 17; 1 Samuel 15:25-28)
Christian youths should learn from the desperation of Esau for blessing. The beginning of Esau’s problem was when he despised his birthright. No youth should abuse the privileges he has in Christ Jesus. He should not cast away the precious things God has given him (Hosea 8:3). Esau refused to give up, even when he heard that his brother had taken his blessing. “And he said, Thy brother came with subtility, and hath taken away thy blessing “….Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?” (Genesis 27:35 ,36).
Youths should not give up on praying. They should persist until their request is granted (Genesis 32:26). On the other hand, God is merciful, Christian youths should not lose hope when faced with an unfortunate situation (Romans 10: 13). (Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 1 May 2022 | Lesson 18)
Question 4: How should Christian youths behave when deeply hurt by people?
Although Esau received some blessings, yet he hated his brother deeply and this led to his decision to kill Jacob. Hatred and anger are dangerous and sinful. Ephesians 4:30,31 says “And grieve not the holy spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice”. Hatred grieves the spirit of God and hinders believers’ prayer. Whatever evil anybody might have done unto us, we should pray for grace to forgive and never to retaliate.
THE DREAM OF JACOB AT BETHEL (Genesis 28: 1-22; Acts 7:2,3; Hosea 12: 12)
“And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother and was gone to Padan-aram” (Genesis 28:7). Isaac called Jacob and blessed him before he (Jacob) left for Padan-aram. Jacob obeyed his parents to leave and on his journey, he saw a vision. He lighted upon a certain place and spent all night, because the sun was set. And he dreamt and beheld a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it (Genesis 28: 11, 12).
Question 5: Enumerate God’s promised blessings for a godly youth.
Jacob’s obedience to his parents during his crisis is commendable. It is an evidence of submission. It opens door to God’s revelation and blessing. Obedience brings blessing. There are blessings attached to obeying our spiritual and biological parents (Ephesians 6:1-3). God promised Jacob these blessings:
(1) The land where on thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.
(2) Thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth.
(3) Thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south.
(4) In thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
(5) I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest.
Question 6: Why should believers pay tithes?
Jacob’s encounter with God was transformative and life-changing. The Lord reaffirmed the Abrahamic covenant with him. In this encounter, Jacob re-established his relationship with God and made a vow of allegiance to worship and serve God. Erecting a stone of memorial to God, he promised to “give the tenth” of all that the Lord would give to him (Genesis 28:22). This is a reminder that believers should honour God with their tithes and offering (Malachi 3: 10).
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