THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: A BRIDE WORTH WAITING FOR
Adult/Young Adult Topic: BAIT AND SWITCH
Printed Text: Genesis 29:15-30
Key Verse: Genesis 29:30 (NIV)
Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Marriages can be marred by unforeseen circumstances. How might husbands and wives patiently work through tradition and undesirable circumstances to reach their personal goals? After Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his older daughter, Leah, Jacob willingly agreed to work for seven additional years in order to marry his beloved Rachel.
There are several points of potential engagement in the story of Jacob and Rachel, but note more impactful in giving shape to the family dynamics between Jacob, leach, and Rachel than the issue of deception. Jacob was a good herdsman, and because of him, Laban’s flock had multiplied to the point that Laban became wealthy. Both Laban and Jacob deceived each other. In the end, however, Jacob’s actions taught us that we can live with and beyond disappointment if the countervailing positive force of unconditional love is at work in our lives. Jacob’s love for his bride, Rachel, foreshadowed Christ’s love for his bride, the Church.
Heavenly Father, who keeps promises to a thousand generations, we give You thanks for Your unwavering faithfulness. Your faithfulness is unquestionable, even as You gave Your Son to die for our sins. Therefore, we pray that as we grow closer to You, we will grow in our faithfulness to one another. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.