Lesson: Esau Tricked

November 4, 2010

taught on Saturday, 6 November 2010 — 12 children were present

Primary scriptures: Genesis 27-28

Volunteers: rita, justin, josie, maple

Drivers: Cheryl (10am); Tyler (noon)

Coloring: (paul will bring copies)

Isaac blesses Jacob

(from ABDA ACTS Art and Publishing)

Isaac blesses Jacob

(from Bible Printables)

Memory work: Psalm 146:5-6


  • 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 (see two prints in mini-albums)
  • memory verse (Ps. 146:5-6)
  • Lesson (see below) —
  • Craft (See “Craft and Activities” section below)
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
  • (11:20 am) activity(See “Craft and Activities” section below)
  • stickers or BOOKMARKS
  • Singing: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (Augment 2), and psalm 105 stanzas 1, 3, and 4; Ps 8 or 116 if time
  • Praying: [Rita]
  • (11:50 am) tidy


1. Review Genesis 25 — Justin

  • Abraham lived 75 more years after Isaac was born; he even remarried and had more children after Sarah died, but he sent these children east — Abraham knew that Canaan was for Isaac, according to God’s promise;
  • Ishmael and Isaac buried Abraham in the cave at Mamre, where Sarah was buried;
  • Isaac prayed for barren Rebekah, and she became pregnant with twins;
  • She could feel them fighting in her womb, and God told her that they were two nations, and that the younger would be stronger than the older;
  • the firstborn, Esau, had red hair all over his body;
  • Jacob was holding Esau’s heel;
  • Esau == ‘hairy’; Jacob == ‘heel-grabber’ (supplanter, cheater);
  • Birthright: the oldest son’s entitlement to a double portion of the inheritance, to be the leader in the family, and to have more responsibility
  • Esau: outdoors — hunting
  • Jacob: indoors — cooking
  • Rebekah preferred Jacob; Isaac preferred Esau and loved to eat wild meat
  • Esau came home weak from hunting
  • “I beg you, give me some of the red stuff– that red stuff! I’m starving!”
  • “Okay, but only if you give the birthright to me.”
  • “I’m starving to death! I don’t care about the birthright!”
  • Esau was ungodly/profane for despising the birthright
  • Esau ate and drank, got up, and went away

2. Introduction and Family Tree — Justin

  • Recall: Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah;
  • Recall: Abraham had ensured that Isaac’s wife was not a Canaanite;
  • Esau also got married at age 40… twice, and both women were Canaanites;
  • Isaac had not been a careful father as Abraham had been;
  • Isaac and Rebekah were not pleased about Esau’s marriages;
  • Review this family tree (draw on flip chart):

draw and review the family tree

3. Compare the birthright / the blessingJustin

The Birthright (which we learned about last week): the firstborn son’s right, or entitlement, to a larger inheritance than his siblings. After his father’s death, he would also be the leader in the family.

But before Isaac died, he would officially bless one of his children — Esau and Jacob both knew about this.

The Blessing: God’s favor/gift of a larger portion of the family inheritance, given [declared] by the human father. The father could give the blessing to only one of his children, and this decision could not be changed. God used the custom of [patriarchal] blessing to show His [divine] purpose [/election]. (Words in square brackets are difficult for the children.)

4. Dialog Skit — all

[based this on the NIV translation of genesis 27.]
narrator: rita
rebekah: maple
isaac: justin
jacob: josie
esau: paul
narrator: When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son.
isaac: “My son.”

esau: “Here I am…”

Isaac: “I am now an old man and don’t know when I will die. Now get your weapons and go hunting… Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”

narrator: Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left to go hunting, Rebekah spoke quietly to her son Jacob.

rebekah: “I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Go hunting and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.’ Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”

Jacob: “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”

rebekah: “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say.”

narrator: So Jacob went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. Jacob went to his father.

jacob: “My father.”

isaac: “Yes, my son… Who is it?”

Jacob: “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of this meat, so that you may give me your blessing.”

Isaac: “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

jacob: “The LORD your God gave me success.”

Isaac: “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

narrator: Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him.

isaac: “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”

narrator: Isaac did not recognize Jacob, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so Isaac proceeded to bless him.

isaac: “Are you really my son Esau?”

jacob: “I am.”

isaac: “My son, bring me some of the meat to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”

narrator: Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.

Isaac: “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

narrator: So Jacob went to his father and kissed him. When Isaac smelled his clothes, he blessed him.

isaac: “Ah, the smell of my son Esau is like the smell of a field. May God give you everything good. May nations serve you and people bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”

narrator: After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.  He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father.

esau: “My father, please sit up and eat some of this food, so that you may give me your blessing.”

Isaac: “Who are you?”

esau: “I am your son! Your firstborn, Esau.”

narrator: Isaac trembled violently.

Isaac: “Who was it, then, that went hunting and brought the meat to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him!”

esau: [loud and bitter cry] “Bless me—me too, my father!”

isaac: “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”

Esau: “Jacob is his name, alright. This is the second time he has cheated me: He took my birthright, and now he has taken my blessing!”

5. Review Isaac Blessing Jacob — Rita

  • Isaac loved to eat wild animal meat;
  • Isaac intended to give the blessing to his “favorite” son, Esau;
  • Esau wanted the same, and he intended to break his promise to Jacob about the birthright;
  • So, when Isaac was old and blind, he called to Esau, and the two made a plan (Isaac would eat some wild meat, and then bless Esau);
  • Rebekah and Jacob also made a plan (Isaac would eat some goat meat, and then bless Jacob!);
  • Rebekah had proper intentions, but it was wrong for her to use trickery;
  • Three deceptions: Jacob wearing Esau’s clothes; goatskins on Jacob’s hands and neck; Jacob pretending to be Esau and to have returned with wild meat;
  • Isaac blessed the “wrong” son because his eyes (18), hands (22), tongue (25), and nose (27) all failed him! It’s just as well — Isaac had the wrong motives;
  • Esau then came to his father with the wild meat, but the blessing could not be reversed, and both men were upset;
  • Esau hated Jacob because of this;
  • Esau planned to murder Jacob;
  • Rebekah warned Jacob, and told him to flee to Laban, her brother in Haran;
  • (Remind the kids where Haran is on the map, where this bride Rebekah was found for Isaac);
  • Though she did not know, Rebekah would never see her son Jacob again.

6. God is in Charge — Rita


Everybody sinned:

  • Isaac intended to bless Esau, though God’s promise was that “the older shall serve the younger”;
  • Rebekah used deception;
  • Esau broke his oath to give the birthright to Jacob; and
  • Jacob lied (vs. 19-20);

But God had fulfilled His promise about Jacob (Genesis 25:23). Even when people have evil motives, God will use their actions for His good purposes. [Compare:

  • You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Joseph speaking to his brothers, Genesis 50:20);
  • This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. (Peter to the men of Israel, Acts 2:23);
  • Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. (Prayer to God, Acts 4:27-28);]

Craft and Activities

  1. rita’s activity idea: 10 objects with different textures; the children have turns identifying while wearing a blindfold or welding goggles; something hairy, something smooth, squishy, prickly, etc.
  2. Popsicle-stick skit: tracing and cutting the simple patterns on p.15 of “Christian Crafts for Gift-Giving,” make Popsicle-stick puppets: with one isaac, one rebekah, one jacob, one esau, and one goat (with extra “fur” to put on jacob) could be used to do a simple skit.
  3. Craft idea from eBibleTeacher): Bring two paper plates and a brass fastener for each student. Have students draw Isaac on one half of one plate. Cut the other half off. On the second plate, draw Jacob (facing Isaac when stacked) on one half, and Esau facing Isaac on the other half. (Jacob and Esau will be facing different directions). If you want, bring fake fur to attach to Jacob, etc.
  4. Object lesson idea, also from eBibleTeacher.com: (Bring in some fake (or real) animal skin). Wrap the fur around an object that normally doesn’t have fur. Blindfold a student and have them try to figure out what it is. Have all the students see how it’s harder when you’re blind to understand the deception. Discuss how Satan disguises evil to seem like good, just like Jacob disguised himself to feel like Esau. We must not be “blind” like Isaac to the evil beneath. We must be “clever as serpents” when it comes to identifying Satan and his ruses. Matthew 10:16. We do this by studying God’s word and identifying deception in the world around us. In what was does the world try to disguise evil as good?
    1. it’s not your fault: if he didn’t make me angry I wouldn’t strike out at him;
    2. evil is really good: white lies keep you from hurting other people’s feelings; I’ll be like God if I eat the forbidden fruit;
    3. justification: if everyone else is cheating, I won’t be graded fairly; that company cheats it’s customers, so I can steal from it;
    4. denial: nothing bad will happen if I do it just this once; I couldn’t help it

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