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LEARNING FOCUS 3: The story of Jacob.


The third person mentioned in the family tree in Matthew’s gospel is Jacob the son of Isaac, who was the grandson of Abraham. Using the stories and illustrations in God’s Story 3 page 14, read about Isaac and Jacob, Genesis 25: 20-27 and the Children of Israel; Genesis 35: 9-15, 23-26.  Talk about the life of the nomadic shepherd.

Listen to the song ‘Jacob And His Sons’ from Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat.




  1. What do you think about Rebecca’s and Isaac’s attitude to their children? (God knows the gifts of each one and has a purpose for choosing particular people for particular roles)
  2. How do you think God blessed Jacob?
  3. What special part do you think Jacob played in the family tree of Jesus?




  • Prepare and perform a drama about Jacob’s blessing and Esau’s discovery of it.
  • Research the story of Joseph, son of Israel (Jacob) see God’s Story 3, pages 15-17 describing who he was and giving reasons for some of his actions.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Jacob and Sons/Joseph's Coat

From the 1999 film version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.