Reuben Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

Categories: Jacob

  • Reuben is Jacob’s oldest son.
  • His mother is Leah.
  • His name means, “behold, a son.”
  • As a boy, he brings mandrakes from the field to his mother
  • Like his brothers, Reuben is jealous and resentful toward Joseph.
  • Yet, when the brothers want to kill Joseph, Reuben wants to save him (see Genesis 37:21).
  • Jacob’s deathbed blessing to Reuben recognizes his good and bad qualities.
  • Reuben is the leader of the Tribe of Reuben.
  • He has four sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
  • Reuben goes with Jacob and his family to Egypt.
  • His descendants leave Egypt with Moses.
  • After leaving the wilderness, they live east of the Jordan River.
  • This extends God’s blessings beyond the land of promise.
  • Sources say Reuben dies at the age of 125.