LESSON 8: "The Girl No One Wanted"

The Story of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah, from Genesis 29-30
 
Big Idea for Parents
“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  All it takes is a simple glance at the magazine racks in the grocery check-out line or a quick scan through the television channels to be reminded just how much worth our world places on appearance.  Cover photos are airbrushed to perfection, models risk their health to look “beautiful,” and children learn, at an early age, that being pretty is all-important.  In today’s story, we will read about two sisters, one who is considered beautiful and the other who is dismissed as ugly.  As we read about Jacob’s persistence to marry Rachel, we also learn of God’s unconditional love for all of us, including the “Leah’s” of the world.  We see that he chooses her (and us!), not because of what is on the outside, but because of the stunning beauty that is on the inside.  She is truly a princess in God’s eyes … and that’s exactly what God makes her through his perfect plan!
   
Devotion
Have you ever noticed your friend’s cute new headband and wished it was yours?  Or seen your teammate’s cool new shoes and thought, for just a moment, that you needed to have a pair just like them?  Sometimes, when we see the things that our friends have, we feel like the things we have are not as special.  There are even times when we feel like we are not as special as our friends if we don’t have the same toys or clothes that they do.  
In today’s story, you will read about two sisters, one who is beautiful and one who is ugly, and the man who wants to marry the prettier one.  Read pgs. 70-75 to hear their story and to be reminded that, in God’s eyes, we are all princes and princesses, no matter what we look like on the outside.  He loves us, not because of what we look like, but because of who we are: His precious, beautiful children!  

Questions

  • If you were Leah, how do you think you would feel when Jacob picked your sister instead of you?  Would you be sad?  Jealous?
  • Leah knew that Jacob did not love her as much as he loved her sister, Rachel.  But she did not know just how beautiful God thought she was … or what amazing things he was going to do through her!  “One of Leah’s children’s children’s children would be a prince …”  Who is that “Prince of Heaven?”
  • When you meet new people or talk to your friends, what can you do to show them that, no matter what they look like or how many toys or clothes they have, they are princes and princesses because God loves them? 
  • Who could you share that special message with today?