07 Easu sold his Birthright

UNIT #: 
Lesson Theme: 
The Right Choices

This lesson will help the children realize that there are consequences to choices that they make and even the smallest decision can be very important.

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 25:29-34

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Esau Sells His Birthright

29 Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.) 31 Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Lesson Plan

Opening Prayer


Hands on Activity

Lesson Review

Memory Verse

Closing Prayer


Can you think of a time when you wanted something your older brother or sister had? Would you think about tricking them into giving that to you even though you knew it was wrong?

Today, we are going to hear a story about two brothers who were twins. Esau was the older brother and was to receive special blessings from his dad, Isaac. However, Jacob, the younger brother, tricked Esau into giving up his special blessings so that he could have it.

Main Ideas: 

One day, Esau came home tired and hungry from a busy day of hunting. His brother, Jacob, had been cooking all day and the house smelled so good. So Esau asked his brother if he could have some food. But Jacob would not share his food with his brother unless Esau gave him his birthright, which was his rights as the older brother. Esau was so hungry that he immediately gave his birthright to Jacob.  So Jacob tricked Esau into selling his birthright. Later on, Esau was sorry for the choice he had made.


Activity 1

Jacob and Esau Anagram

Unscramble the letters to find the words in the story.









​Reference (Activity 2 Maze): http://wesleykids.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/jacob-and-esau-maze.gif

Lesson Review: 

Key Terms

Birthright – special privileges/blessings for being the oldest son

Twins – two children born at the same time

Hunter – a person that finds animals and kills them for food

Choice – making a decision when faced with two options


1. What were the names of the two brothers?

2.. Which brother came home tired and hungry from hunting all day?

3. Which brother was at home cooking food?

4. What did Jacob want from his brother before he would share his food?

5. When faced with the choice between food and his birthright, which did Esau choose?

6. How did Esau feel about his decision?

7. What can we learn from the story of Jacob and Esau?

Values for Life: 
  • Every choice we make in life has a consequence. Sometimes the consequence may be good and sometimes it may be bad. Esau made a poor choice when he chose food over his birthright.
  • Life can be unfair. Just like Jacob tricked his own brother, we may trick our own brother and sister, or even our parents. But just because we get away with it, does not make it right.
Life Response/My Decision: 

Life Response:

  • Sometimes in life, we have to make a choice between what we want in life and what we actually need. What will you choose in life? Esau chose what he wanted, which was food, rather than what he needed, which was his rights/privileges as the older brother.
  • If you wanted something that someone else had, would you feel okay tricking them into getting what you wanted?

My Decision:

I will think about the big and small choices I make in life. I will try not to be unfair to others in order to get what I want. I will learn to be less selfish and more generous.

Memory Verse: 

Proverbs 3:5

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for teaching us the story of Jacob and Esau today. Help us to be wise in the choices we make in life. Help us to realize what we need from you O Lord rather than what we want. Help us to be kind to those around us even though others may be unfair to us. Fill us with Your love O Lord. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. 

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