Lesson: Esau’s Heel, Jacob’s Soup

October 26, 2010

for Saturday 30 October 2010

Topics: birth of jacob/esau; birthright traded for soup
Primary Scripture: Genesis 25;
Lessons: God’s election and the certainty of His promises; short-sighted choices versus awareness of the magnitude of salvation

Volunteers: paul, colleen, kaitlyn, alyssa

Drivers: Fran (10am); Sheila (noon)

Coloring: HERE and HERE (paul will bring printouts)

New memory verse:

(Psalm 146:5-6; NIV)

New song (two verses): (“Supplanter” by Jamie Soles)

"Supplanter" by Jamie Soles, verse 1 of 2

"Supplanter" by Jamie Soles, verse 2 of 2

Lesson worksheet: [none this week]


  • Setup
  • (10:00am) name tags, new memory and songs into mini-albums, two coloring pages
  • collect emergency contact info for new students
  • together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • Sing — Apostles’ Creed; “Supplanter” song by Jamie Soles (new for the kids)
  • memory verse (Final review of Psalm 105:13b; introduce Ps. 146:5-6)
  • Lesson (see below) —
  • Craft[Kaitlyn/Alyssa]
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
  • (11:20 am) activity(See “Activities” section below)
  • [review worksheet answers] — stickers
  • Singing: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (Augment 2), and psalm 105 stanzas 1, 3, and 4; Ps 8 or 116 if time
  • Praying: [Paul]
  • (11:50 am) tidy


1. Review Genesis 24 — Colleen

  • Abraham’s wife (Isaac’s mom) Sarah died age 127; Abraham bought a field with a cave in it, and had Sarah buried there; that was Abraham’s first purchased land in Canaan;
  • When Isaac was 40 years old, Abraham sent a servant to Haran, where Abraham’s family was from, to find a wife for Isaac;
  • Abraham asked the servant to swear to not look for a wife in Canaan, where the people did not serve God;
  • The servant made an oath before God, and put his hand under Abraham’s thigh as the sign of this oath;
  • The servant chose some other servants to travel with him, as well as ten camels, and many expensive gifts;
  • The journey (show on map) from Mamre/Hebron [just SW of Bethlehem] to Haran would take us from here into Saskatchewan;
  • Finally, one evening, they arrived outside the town Nahor and had the camels kneel near the well where the women would be coming to draw water;
  • The servant chose to trust God instead of himself to find the right bride for Isaac — he asked God in prayer to show him the right bride by this sign: that when he asked for some water to drink, she would also offer to water his camels;
  • Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel, came out with a jar on her shoulder and fetched some water; she had never married, and very beautiful;
  • When the servant asked for some water, Rebekah gave him some, and watered his camels, so he knew she was the one;
  • They went to her father’s house, where they met her brother Laban;
  • After the servant told them why he was there, Bethuel and Laban agreed that they must not interfere with God’s choice;
  • They had a meal together, and Abraham’s servant gave many gifts to Rebekah, her mother, and her brother;
  • The next morning, Laban and his mother asked if Rebekah could stay with them for ten days before she left with Abraham’s servants, but he didn’t think that was a good idea — God had showed mercy, and it was best to keep going;
  • Rebekah agreed to leave right away and go to Canaan land;
  • Rebekah’s family blessed her, and her maids and her nurse left with her;
  • Arriving in the evening, Isaac saw them coming from the field he was in;
  • Rebekah asked the servant who was in the field coming toward them;
  • When she knew it was Isaac, Rebekah got down off the camel, and covered her face with a veil — according to custom, she would wear this veil until they were married.

2. Isaac and Rebekah’s Babies — Paul

[no worksheets today]

  • After Sarah died, Abraham got married again and had more kids!
  • Abraham gave most of what he had to his son Isaac, the son of promise by God’s choice and blessing
  • Abraham also sent the rest of his family to the east country, away from Isaac and his family — Abraham knew that Canaan land belonged to Isaac by God’s promise, and he knew it would all come true even though he didn’t live to see it
  • Abraham died at age 175 (seventy-five years after Isaac was born)
  • His sons, Ishmael and Isaac, took their father and buried him in the cave at Mamre, where Sarah was
  • As for Ishmael, God’s promises came true: he was the father to twelve princes; they lived in and around Egypt, and they still do today
  • Rebekah was sad because she wasn’t able to have any babies, just like how it was with Sarah; if you were with us last year, you might remember studying Hannah who was sad because she wasn’t able to have a baby, until Samuel was born
  • However, Isaac prayed for Rebekah, that she would have a child, and she became pregnant when Isaac was sixty years old, twenty years after they got married
  • Furthermore, there was more than one baby! (twins)
  • Rebekah could feel the babies fighting [hitting each other; Heb. רָצַץ — to crush] in her womb
  • Rebekah prayed and asked God why this was happening
  • The LORD said to her,
    “Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you will be separated;
    one people will be stronger than the other,
    and the older will serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23; NIV)
  • God told Rebekah that the twins inside her would become two mighty nations, that they would always be at war, even as they were now, but the second born would be stronger than the first
  • (Look at the photo of two unborn twins)
  • When the babies were being born, the first one was a boy with red hair all over his body!
  • (Look at the photo of babies) Isaac and Rebekah named this baby Esau, which meant something about how rough his hairy body felt
  • Esau seemed attached to his twin brother, who was behind him; but they weren’t attached — the second baby was holding Esau’s heel!
  • (Review this part of the new song we’re learning — “Supplanter”)
  • Isaac and Rebekah named the second boy Jacob, which means “heel grabber” in the Hebrew language; say aw-KABE for ‘heel,’ and yah-ak-OBE for ‘Jacob’; a “heel-grabber” is a cheater, or a supplanter — a cheater gets what he wants, but is dishonest; a supplanter takes somebody else’s place
  • This baby grabbing the heel of his older brother was an early example of God’s promise to their mother that the younger would be stronger and would overcome his older brother — we will see this again, even today
  • Jacob was God’s choice of which son through whom the promise would be fulfilled, not Esau; just as we learned that Isaac was the son of promise, not Ishmael
  • Jacob’s life was all about conflict, and our next three classes are going to be about Jacob’s struggles — we will even learn about Jacob wrestling with the Angel of the Lord; nothing could stop God’s promises from coming true, but He never promised that Jacob would have an easy life!
  • (also note God’s election despite that the twins had not done any good or evil, and despite Jacob’s dishonestly)


  • Do you know what the custom was about firstborn sons? The firstborn would inherit twice as much from his parents — he would also be the spiritual leader of the family
  • The oldest son’s right [entitlement] to his father’s inheritance was called the birthright — this right belonged to him from the second he was born — he also had more responsibility, such as looking after his mother and his unmarried sisters
  • Jewish people are the descendants of Jacob; the religious Jews still obey this tradition of birthright
  • If there were twins, the firstborn son was still the oldest, so by human custom, Esau had the birthright, not Jacob

3. Vegetable Soup — Colleen

  • As he grew older, Esau learned to be a good hunter, and spent a lot of time outdoors
  • His brother Jacob like to stay indoors and learned to be a good cook
  • The parents had favorites — father Isaac loved Esau, and liked the meat Esau got from hunting; mother Rebekah loved Jacob
  • Once, Esau came home from hunting and he was very weak
  • Jacob was boiling some vegetable soup — the lentils in it made the soup red [yellow and masoor lentils are red inside]
  • Esau said to Jacob, “I beg you, give me some of the red stuff– that red stuff! I’m starving!”
  • Since that time, Esau was sometimes nicknamed “Stuff,” or “Red
  • Jacob said, “Okay, but only if you give the birthright to me.” [recall birthright definition]
  • Esau said, “I’m starving to death! I don’t care about the birthright!”
  • Esau was ungodly/profane (Hebrews 12:16) to trade the birthright for a bowl of soup! — It “would be a little like selling your wedding ring for a hamburger cause you had not eaten all day, only worse” [Jon W. Quinn]; it also shows that Esau didn’t care about important things, such as God’s promises
  • Jacob wouldn’t give Esau any soup until he swore that he would trade the birthright
  • Esau swore to trade the birthright to Jacob [Cheated by ‘the cheater’!]
  • Then Jacob gave some bread and some of the vegetable soup to Esau
  • Esau ate and drank, got up, and went away — he really didn’t care about the birthright, but Jacob knew that it was valuable
  • Esau was thinking about his gut today; Jacob was thinking about a promise that would last into generations


1. Draw and discuss this family tree with the kids

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob family tree

2. Other Ideas, depending on time

  • draw a bowl of stew;
  • give the kids twelve cards, with these descriptions on them, and tell them to choose the six most valuable/important ones, and throw away the other six; can talk about it after: to eat a chocolate bar, to become the prime minister of Canada, to win American Idol, to go to Disneyland, to be good-looking, to get a job as an astronaut, to win a soccer game, to have wisdom, to have $400, to have a healthy family, to live forever with our Father in heaven, to graduate from high school


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