Leah – A Mother of Israel

Leah w: face *

The wedding veil is an ancient symbol of modesty. The first we read of a veil in the Bible was when Rebekah covered herself with a veil before she was introduced to her future husband ,Isaac, in Gen. 24.   Commentators speculate that it was also used to play a trick on Jacob during his marriage to who he thought was his beloved Rachel.( Remember when he played a trick on his “dim-eyed” father , pretending to be Esau?)  Leah’s identity was not  ascertained until the morning.  A belligerent groom  was quick to confront his father-in-law and  Rachel was promised  to Jacob after Leah’s bridal week was fulfilled at the cost of seven more years of labor.  The Lord blessed Leah with six sons and we see a progression of her faith with the naming of these boys: Reuben[See, a son!]; “because the Lord has seen my humiliation; now my husband will love me.” Simeon [God hears];”because the Lord heard that I am despised”. Levi [companion]; “now this time my husband will be a companion to me”. Judah [praise]; “now I will praise the Lord”. Issachar [hired]; “God has given me my hire.  And Leah became pregnant again and bore Jacob her sixth son.  Then Leah said, ‘God has endowed me with a good marriage gift; now he will dwell with me because I have borne him six sons’; and she named him Zebulun[dwelling].”   Faithful Leah was buried  by Jacob in the cave  of Machpelah  along with Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah … a space reserved beside her when he too would “be gathered to his people”.

While we do not go around in long veils today, modesty is still required by women of God. If the LORD has commanded men to “treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, in all purity”, (1 Timothy 5:2) we should make every effort to not put temptation before their eyes.  Let’s teach modesty by word and example to the girls in our sphere of influence.  You might consider a special evening class or “sleep-over” to really go into depth with this vital teaching.

The worksheet  includes Leah’s wedding dress, one “modest” outfit, and one inappropriate outfit for you to discuss…(if you have boys in your class..please cut off the bottom two outfits and only give them the top portion.)  Color Leah and cut  a rectangle …from the edge 3 3/4 inches and 8 1/4 inch tall…leaving a space to write the verse from 1 Timothy. Cut out the space for Leah’s eyes to show through.  If you choose to,  you may cut more of the veil off  to show more of her face.

Leah with face showing

Color dress and cut out.  Save the heavy duty foil seals that come on coffee cans or nuts, and cut them with a hole-punch …glue above eyes after gluing the veil which is cheese cloth or other gauzey material.  Have the girls toss the  immodest outfit in the trash to further illustrate your lesson.

Leah – modesty w/text

Leah - modesty - wkstThe worksheet and instruction for Korah’s Rebellion is now posted.

Joseph in Egypt

Joseph and his Brothers

Our boy Joseph has had a rough time of it.  Sold into slavery, falsely accused and put in prison.  But then we read these amazing words “…the LORD was with Joseph”.  What a great lesson to teach kids.  They may go through some hard trials but God is good and  has an amazing purpose for all HE allows to touch HIS beloved children. (For a craft illustrating this portion of Joseph’s story go to the post on October 29, 2011, “Joseph is Tested”) To read about Pharaoh’s dream and Joseph’s rise to power check out Genesis 41-47.  Have kids write: “But the Lord was with Joseph.” on the top of the page. Give each participant 7 ears of corn to color, cut and glue on the healthy stalk . Make slit in sack to place Joseph’s  cup, which needs to be colored silver.  Optional: Trace sack  on another paper to glue on top, make tiny slits on side and thread twine to tie over sack . Glue popcorn on top. ( see example in photo)

Jacob’s Dream

Jacob's Blessing

Don’t you love this verse .  I’ve always wondered how Jacob could  sleep so soundly as to see a ladder to the throne of God with a rock as a pillow!   I apologize for my angels ,  I’m sure they are mightier than I have been able to draw. At least you can color them to be dazzling …or draw your own…:) When you teach the story, make sure you include Jacob’s deception and his reason for having to flee his home. In spite of being a rascal,  God chose him to  inherit the land on which he was lying,  to have offspring as numerous as the  dust of the earth and  from whom “all the families of the earth shall be blessed”.  The complete story is found in Genesis 29- 34. I used glitter  on angels and drew stars with metallic gel pens.A note about angels: We only have a few descriptions of angels in the Bible. We know there are several types mentioned : messengers, destroying angels (2 Sam.. 24:16) archangels, cherubim and seraphim, and the anointed cherub that covereth . Wings are only associated with cherubim (4 wings) and seraphim (6 wings).  We do know angels are powerful and can pass as humans  (hence, without wings).   They are not chubby babies.   Some of the lessons on this blog portray angels with wings….others do not !