Lesson Learned: It is important to make good choices.
Materials Needed: big bowl, toy cooking utensils
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
Talking Points: Esau was very, very hungry one day. His twin brother, Jacob, was making stew and when Esau smelled some, he wanted it so much. He couldn’t think about anything else. Then, Esau made a very bad choice. He gave up something very important and very special to him, something called his birthright. For Jacob had said that Esau could have some of the soup if Esau gave him his birthright. Esau agreed without thinking and he gave up his special thing for a bowl of soup. We must think before we act and make choices because we always do our best to make good choices!
Questions: Does your mommy let you make choices? Does she let you choose what to eat for lunch or what to wear in the morning? Why is it important to make good choices?
Activity: Grab a large bowl and pretend to make a delicious soup together to serve up to one another.
Prayer: Holy Father and Lord, praise be Your name. Please guide us in the choices that we make so that we know we are always doing Your will. Amen!