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When Jacob tricked his dad into speaking a blessing, those words were so important that he couldn’t take them back.
In today’s lesson, we’re going to continue talking about Jacob and Esau. Remember, they were twins but Esau was born first. Last week we learned that Esau was willing to give up his birthright, or inheritance, for a bowl of Jacob’s yummy stew. Well, today, we’re going to learn how Jacob tricked Isaac, his father, into giving him the blessing. Now, Isaac was old and he couldn’t see well. He knew he was going to die soon. So, he told Esau to go hunt and then prepare a special meal for him and then he would give him the blessing. Well, Jacob and his mom came up with another plan. They made Isaac’s favorite meal and then Jacob dressed up like Esau to trick Isaac into thinking he was Esau. Well, it worked. Isaac thought he blessed Esau, his oldest, but he actually blessed Jacob. So, Esau was out of luck. Once the words of blessing were spoken, it was too late to take them back. Now kids, we don’t deal with birthrights anymore but we do deal with the power of our words. Let’s learn from this story that we should be careful what we say because our words have power to help or hurt others.