Category | Devotional

                     Share this on: Share this on Facebook Tweet This Pin it Share this on LinkedIn Share on Google Share this by EMAIL

Scripture: Jacob – Genesis 32

As a youth, you probably remember the story of Jacob’s ladder many times.

Jacob was sneaky. Deceitful. Conniving. Crafty. Dishonest. Selfish. His name means “Heel Grabber.” He came out of the womb wanting that which did not belong to him, holding onto his brother Esau’s heel.

Esau was rough and tough. An outdoorsman. A hunter. The “woodsy” type. His name meant “Red” and “Hairy.” Genesis 25:25 – “His whole body was like a hairy garment.” Sexy, Huh? The guy was a human “Orangutan.”

So you had “Big Red”, Esau the Ape Man and in contrast, Jacob was a spoiled smooth-skinned “mamma’s boy” who ran around hanging onto mom’s coat tails all the time. He was a “wimp.” I’ll bet he was a “tattle-tale” too! I can just hear him: “Mom, Esau hit me!” “Mom, Esau snuck some candy out of the pantry before dinner.” “Mom, Esau called me a dirty name.” “Mom, Esau shot the neighbor’s cat with his bow and arrow.”

One day, Jacob deceived his blind father (with his mother’s help). They covered his smooth body with goatskins so he felt (and “smelt”) like his hairy brother and he stole Esau’s birthright and blessing. Made “Big Red” so mad that he vowed to kill Jacob as soon as his father died. Jacob had to run for his life and the momma’s boy never saw his mother again.

But later he would wrestle with God and walk away not only with his name changed to Israel, but also his character changed. The heel grabber grabbed for God instead.

From a Sermon by Wayde Wilson

  • What changes have taken place in your own life through an encounter with God?
  • In what ways has your character changed since you became a Christian?
  • What things are still being worked on by God in your life?

MORE IDEAS? See “Creative Object Lessons”

200 page e-book that explains everything you need to know when planning your very own object lessons. It contains 90 fully developed object lesson ideas and another 200 object lesson starter ideas based on Biblical idioms and Names / Descriptions of God.

Learn More…

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
     Rate This Post by Clicking the Stars :
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Idea of the Week

"Yes! Give Me Access To
Creative Youth Ideas
The Only Youth Ministry Resource I Will Ever Need..."
Enter Your Email below!

Popular Resources
Creative Youth Ideas – Who Do You Say That I AM?

Creative Youth Ideas - Who Do You Say that I AM?

Camp Bible Study Series Great for youth camps or weekly Bible ...

Tell Me More

Creative Object Lessons

Creative Object Lessons

NEW RESOURCE LAUNCH OFFER 200 page e-book that explains everything you ...

Tell Me More

Creative Youth Ideas – Fruit of the Spirit

Creative Youth Ideas - Fruit Of the Spirit

Youth Camp Bible Study Series Live the Fruitful, Abundant Life ...

Tell Me More

Creative Youth Ideas – Destined to Win

Creative Youth Ideas - Destined to Win

Youth Camp / Bible Study Series Spiritual Training to Run the ...

Tell Me More

Creative Youth Ideas – Go for the Gold

Creative Youth Ideas - Go For the Gold

Youth Camp / Bible Study Series Olympic themed Evangelistic Bible ...

Tell Me More

Camp Curriculum – Whale of a Tale

Camp Curriculum - Whale of a Tale

Bible Studies based on the book of Jonah Only $14.99

Tell Me More

Once Lost, Now Found – Creative Scavenger Hunts

Once Lost, Now Found - Creative Scavenger Hunts

More than 50 Scavenger hunts including lists, rules, riddles, step ...

Tell Me More

Icebreakers Ahead: Take It to the Next Level

Icebreakers Ahead: Take it to the Next Level

52 of the World's Best Icebreakers applied to Spiritual ...

Tell Me More

Creative Holiday Ideas

Creative Holiday Ideas

New Year's, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving ...

Tell Me More

Creative Sermon Ideas

Creative Sermon Ideas

NEW RESOURCE LAUNCH OFFER 100 Page e-Book Includes All The Help ...

Tell Me More

Creative Youth Ideas – Christmas Collection

Creative Youth Ideas - Christmas Collection

More than 200 Christmas Ideas (360 pages) Only $24.97

Tell Me More

Camp Curriculum – the Great Adventure

Camp Curriculum - The Great Adventure

Western themed Bible Study Series Only $19.99

Tell Me More