Jacob and Esau

Age 5+: Read Genesis 25:24-34, 27:1-35
Under 5: Read about Jacob and Esau from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

God gave Isaac and Rebekah twin boys named Jacob and Esau. Even though they were twins, they were very, very different. Esau was the older son and a hunter; Jacob was not. One day Jacob was cooking some delicious stew. Esau came home after hunting and begged Jacob for some. Jacob said, "First, sell me your birthright." The birthright meant he would get twice as much. Esau agreed because he was so hungry.

When Isaac got very old, he was not able to see anymore. One day, Isaac told Esau to go kill a wild animal to eat and he would give him the blessing, which was his birthright. Rebekah was listening and she told Jacob to bring two young goats so she could make a tasty stew for Isaac to trick him. Jacob did as his mother told him, and he also put on Esau's clothes and covered his hands and neck with goat skins so he would feel hairy like Esau. Jacob lied to his father and tricked him into thinking he was Esau so he could steal the blessing. Isaac kissed Jacob and blessed him. Esau came back and was mad because Jacob tricked him and their father.

Discussion
Preschool questions:
What were the names of the twin brothers? Jacob and Esau.
Why did Esau agree to give up his birthright to Jacob? Because he was so hungry and he wanted Jacob's stew.
Did Jacob lie to his father? Yes, he tricked his father by pretending to be Esau.

Elementary questions:
What are some of the differences between Jacob and Esau? Esau is red, hairy, hunter, father's favorite. Jacob is quiet, stays in tents, mother's favorite.
Did Esau value his birthright? No. He gave it up for a bowl of lentil stew.
How did Jacob trick his father? He covered his hands and neck with goat hair, wore Esau's clothes, lied and said he was Esau.

Preteen application:
What can you say about the relationship between Jacob and Esau? Not always good - there was jealousy and fighting.
What things should we be careful not to give away? Our purity, honesty, relationship with God, etc.
Do you think it is good for a father and mother to have favorites? No, it can cause many problems.

Memory Verse: Psalm 34:13 “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” (NIV)

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, describe your relationship with your sibling(s), and write down any prayer requests. If you do not have any siblings, describe your relationship with your parents.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of the brothers, Jacob and Esau. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Discuss the differences between members of your family. Do you all look the same? Do you always agree? Can you all love each other even if you are different?

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.