It’s HARD to ask the right questions during Bible lessons. But asking the right questions will get your kids thinking! And these 7 review questions for the story of Jacob, Leah, & Rachel will help your kids understand the biblical truths—and see how they are relevant to life today. Scroll down to get the list!
You reap what you sow.
And Jacob definitely found that out.
He’d tricked and deceived his brother and his father—and it came back to him when Laban tricked him into marrying both Leah and Rachel.
So not only did Jacob end up with a wife he didn’t want, but he was also stuck with two wives. Not exactly God’s perfect plan for marriage.
But Jacob was reaping what he’d sown. He’d sown trickery and deception, and he was definitely reaping it again.
God is fair—but He is also faithful.
God is fair. He often allows us to face the consequences and repercussions of our sins, just as He allowed Jacob to face his.
God is also faithful, though. He’d promised that He would be with Jacob, and that He would make a great nation out of Jacob. And He showed His faithfulness by giving him wives (setting the stage to fulfill His promise to make Jacob’s family great).
Even though He may allow us to face the consequences of our sins at times, God still cares for us. And even if we sin, He is still faithful.
Teach kids that God cares for them, too.
Use the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel to teach your kids that, even though God often allows people to face the consequences of sin, He still cares for them. And even though people sin, God is still faithful. He still keeps His word.
This is one of the most important things you can teach your kids! Why? Because it is a key part of the Gospel message!
God still loves us, even though we are sinners!
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV).
This is such an important concept that we should do everything we can to make sure our kids truly understand it. And not only that, but we should also do everything we can to help them see how it is relevant to their own lives, too.
The Old Testament story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel is a perfect way to illustrate the concept. And review questions—like the ones I’ve listed below—are one of the best ways to help kids grasp the biblical truth.
7 Thought-Provoking Review Questions for a Bible Lesson on Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
1) How had Jacob sinned?
Help kids identify and remember the various ways that Jacob had sinned against his father, against his brother, and ultimately against God.
2) What are some of the consequences Jacob faced as a result of his sin?
Review everything you’ve learned about Jacob’s life so far. List the things that have happened to Jacob as a result of his various sins. Encourage the kids to make connections between the things Jacob did, and the things that happened to him (cause & effect).
3) Who did Jacob love? What did he do so that he could marry her?
This is a straightforward review question, but its purpose is to set the stage for the next question. Your kids should know clearly what Jacob should have received, according to his agreement with Laban.
4) How did Laban trick Jacob?
Laban lied to Jacob and tricked him into marrying Leah instead of Rachel. Try to help your kids see how Laban’s deceit and trickery was very similar to the way Jacob tricked and lied to his father and brother.
5) What had God promised Jacob?
If your kids were in Jacob’s shoes, would they have wondered whether God was still keeping His promises? With this question, you want to help kids consider whether God was fulfilling those promises or not.
6) Jacob sinned—and God allowed him to face the consequences of his sin—but did that mean that God wasn’t keeping His promises to Jacob?
Yes, this is a doozy of a question. You may have to break it into several questions. But it’s the most important of all these questions. Yes, God allowed Jacob to face the consequences of his sin. But He was still keeping His word to Jacob. Try to help your kids arrive at the conclusion that God does keep His promises—even when we’ve sinned.
7) How was God fulfilling those promises to Jacob?
Help your kids think through the ways that God was still showing His faithfulness to Jacob, even though Jacob was also experiencing the consequences of his sin. Emphasize to your kids, again, that God can be trusted because He always keeps His promises.
Teach your kids that God is fair, but He is also faithful.
Again, this concept is KEY! It’s an integral part of the Gospel message.
If your kids truly understand this and take it to heart, it could affect where they spend eternity!
So teach it to your kids well. ❤️
And support this lesson with the other stories from Jacob’s life:
- Jacob’s Mother (get the free printable lesson outline here).
- Jacob & Esau (check out the Introduction Activity for this lesson here).
- God’s Promise to Jacob (get the expanded lesson plan here).
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