Jacob and Esau

Esau sells his inheritance for a bowl of red bean soup Genesis 25:30

Scripture: Genesis 25: 21 – 34 ; Genesis 27: 1 – 45 

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 25 or pages 48 – 52 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What did God tell Rebekah about the baby she was going to have? There would be twins!  The older would serve the younger
  • What was the first baby’s name? Esau
  • How would you describe Esau?  He was hairy.  He liked to hunt.
  • What was the second baby’s name?  Jacob.
  • Can you describe Jacob? His skin was smooth.  He liked to stay home.
  • Which son was Abraham’s favorite?  And why? Esau.  Because he brought him meat.
  • Which son was Rebekah’s favorite?  Jacob
  • What did Jacob and Esau trade?  Esau gave his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew.
  • What is a birthright?  The inheritance of the first born son, including leadership of the family.
  • Do you think this was an even trade?  No.
  • How long would a birthright last?  The birthright would last for eternity.  It would affect them and their families forever. 
  • How long would a bowl of stew last?  The stew would only satisfy hunger for a few hours.
  • Do you think that the Lord was pleased with Esau for selling his birthright?  No.  He didn’t appreciate God’s blessings.
  • What did Isaac ask Esau to do?  To hunt some wild game and make him a meal so that he could give him the blessing.
  • What did Rebekah and Jacob do to get Isaac to give him the blessing? They tricked him by having Jacob pretend to be Esau.
  • Why didn’t Isaac recognize Jacob?  He was blind in his old age. Jacob had animal skins on his arms to make them hairy and  Esau’s clothes on to make him smell like Esau.
  • God had promised the blessing to Jacob before he was born.  Does this justify what Rebekah and Jacob did?  No.  They should have trusted God to work that out in his own way.
  • What did Esau say he would do to Jacob?  He would kill him.
  • Do you ever fight with your brothers and sisters?  Do you think that that pleases God? No
  • Do you think that Jacob deserved the blessing? No.  But, neither do we. We’re sinners, too.  But, God loves us anyway, and sent his Son to save us anyway, didn’t He.
  • What did Rebekah tell Jacob to do to avoid Esau’s anger? She said he should go to her brother Laban’s house until he stopped being angry.
  • Do you think that Rebekah was sad to send her favorite son away? Yes.  (She died before he came back, so she never saw him again.)
  • Do you think Jacob missed his family when he left?  Yes. He loved to be at home, so this would have been very hard for him.
  • What things should we be very careful never to give away? faith, purity, honesty, relationship with God, relationships with family, etc.
  • What do you think is the very most important thing that we have?  Our salvation and relationship with God.
  • What we do when we are young does often have everlasting consequences. Let’s pray and ask God to help us to make wise choices…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 16:26a “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” 

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Romans 5:8  “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1  from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #2

Video #3  (first part)

Video #4  This is a great idea for telling the story

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This is a great idea from Teaching Help.

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Bible Fun for Kids has some good ideas for acting out the story with the children.

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Here is another great lesson from Mission Bible Class.

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Have the children make the booklet “Jacob Makes Esau a Bowl of Soup” from Lambsongs.  (Scroll down.)

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Read the story “Jacob and Esau and the Very Expensive Bowl of Soup” and “Jacob Steals the Blessing” from Paul Dallgas Frey.

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children fill out one of these worksheets from DLTK.

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Here is a page of activities from Bible Wise.

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This lesson from Ministry to Children has a creative way to tell the story.

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This lesson has a picture of Jacob and Esau that you might find useful.

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This is a great lesson from Crossroads Kids’ Club.

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Here is a game idea .

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Younger children would enjoy this Jacob and Esau paper doll craft idea.

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This lesson from Sunday School Sources has a wonderful object lesson.

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This lesson has several game ideas and activities.

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Sing: 

“I Saw Esau” by Mary Rice Hopkins from her “In the Beginning” album.  Get it at itunes.

“I’m Yours”  song from Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Jacob and Esau Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jacob and Esau from Genesis 25 – 27.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Matthew 16:26a “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

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Together, watch this video http://vimeo.com/45313207  from Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Read the story “Jacob and Esau and the Very Expensive Bowl of Soup” and “Jacob Steals the Blessing” from Paul Dallgas Frey. http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible24.html    http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible25.html

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Sing “I’m Yours” http://vimeo.com/77168212 song from Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/jacob-and-esau/

Abraham and Isaac

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Scripture: Genesis 22: 1 – 18

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Think of your most prized possession.  What if you had to give it away?

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 22.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What strange thing did God tell Abraham to do?  To offer Isaac as a burnt offering.
  • How do you think Abraham must have felt about that? Very, very sad. Confused.
  • Think of the thing that you treasure the most.  Now think about it being taken from you or destroyed.  How would you feel?  Abraham must have felt that way, too.
  • Remember how long Abraham and Sarah had waited for Isaac to be born?  Until Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old.
  • It was a miracle that Isaac was born in the first place.  Now God was asking Abraham to sacrifice him?  What about the promise that his children would be as many as the stars and the sand on the sea? How could that happen if Isaac died?  
  • But, did Abraham obey God?  Yes.
  • Why do you think Abraham was able to be so obedient? God had made a promise about his descendants through Isaac, and he trusted God to keep his promise and work that out.  He probably thought that God would raise him from the dead. (Hebrews 11:19)
  • Has God ever allowed you to go through something very hard? How does God want us to respond to hard things that we don’t understand? Obey him and trust him.
  • How long did it take for Abraham, Isaac and the servants to get to the mountain?  Three days.
  • Did the servants go all the way up the mountain? No. They stayed with the donkey.
  • Who carried the wood for the alter?  Isaac
  • What question did Isaac ask his father?  “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
  • What did Abraham tell him?  “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”
  • When Abraham put Isaac on the alter, what happened?  An angel told him not to go through with it.
  • Why did God have Abraham go through this?  He was testing him.  He wanted to know if he would be willing to give up his only son for God.
  • Do you think that you could give up everything for God like Abraham did?
  • What did Abraham see when he looked up?  A ram caught in the thicket by it’s horns.
  • So, Abraham offered the ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac.
  • What did he name that place?  “The-Lord-Will-Provide”
  • Can you think of another Father in the Bible who sacrificed his own Son? God the Father!  This story foreshadows how God provided his own son, Jesus, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins.
  • How sad do you think God must have been to have to give his Son?
  • Who’s place did Jesus take on the cross? Ours
  • What did the Lord do then?  He promised to bless Abraham with as many descendants as the stars and that the nations of the earth would be blessed because he obeyed God.
  • Let’s pray and thank the Lord for giving his son, Jesus, to be the lamb who took our place when he died on the cross…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

          “And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb …’” Genesis 22:8a

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Show a video of this story:

Share the story “The Present” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible”   (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s wonderful.)

Video #1  from NEST

Video #2 for older kids

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page.

Color page #1  from Bible Wise.

Color page #2   from Crafting the Word of God.

Color page #3   from What’s in the Bible?

Color page #4   (Scroll Down)

Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lesson.

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Bible Class Creations has a magic window for this lesson.  Follow the link at the bottom of the post for instructions on how to make a magic window.

This project, also from Bible Class Creations, would be a lot of work, but highly effective.

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Have the children complete this worksheet puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Younger children will enjoy this dot-to-dot from Richard Gunther. (Scroll down to “God Gave Something to Abraham”.)

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Have the children make story wheels from Children’s Bulletins.  

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Give the children Lego blocks and Lego people. Have them build alters and act out the story.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Crafting the Word of God has a ram craft.

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Flame Creative Children’s Ministry has a great idea to get the kids to discuss their reactions to this story.

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Have the children make the booklet “Abraham and Isaac” from Lambsongs.

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There are some more great ideas about how to teach the lesson at Mission Bible Class.

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Bible Class Creations has a couple of ideas for making an alter.

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4kids.   Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Here is a game from Sunday School Sources.

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This is a great object lesson for older kids from Teach Them.

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Sing:

“Abraham”  by Mary Rice Hopkins from her “In the Beginning” album. Get it at itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Next Lesson >>>

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Abraham and Isaac Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Abraham and Isaac from Genesis 22.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Genesis 22: 8a  “And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb …’”

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Together, read the story God Will Provide the Lamb by Paul Dallgas-Frey. http://www.essex1.com/pages/paul/bible20.html

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Sing “Abraham”  by Mary Rice Hopkins from her “In the Beginning” album. Get it at itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/abraham-and-isaac/