Twin Trouble: A Trade and A Trick
Genesis 25:2734, 27:140
Abraham Series: Lesson #9
Bible Verse: Do not lie. Exodus 20:16
Obey the LORD your God and follow His commands. Deut. 27:10
God hears us when we pray. Psalm 34:17
The LORD will guide you always. Isaiah 58:11
Bible Story for children:
It is wrong to lie to or fool people. It is wrong to play favorites.
Prop ideas: A piece of fur, a smooth & soft cloth. A smelly work shirt (perhaps an unlaundered T
shirt worn doing yard work?) If you can do a magic trick, you can show how we ‘fool’
people for fun.
Choose which part(s) you want to focus on in your class. You can even read the different parts
during different times in the class rather than sitting down for all three parts at once.
Part A: Background
Isaac and Rebekkah’s twin boys grew up to be grown men. Esau, the older twin, liked
the open country and became a skilled hunter. He was his father Isaac’s favorite child.
Isaac liked to eat the wild game that Esau would hunt. Jacob, the younger twin, was
quiet and liked to stay at home around the tents. Jacob was Rebekkah’s favorite child.
That wasn’t right. It is never good for a parent to like one child more than another.
Most parents love ALL their children very, very much. When there is a favorite, there
is always trouble! Why? Because the children do not think it is FAIR! And they are
Part B: The Trade
Let’s see what trouble was cooking between Esau and Jacob. Once when the boys had
grown into young men, Jacob had been cooking some stew and Esau came in from the
open country. He had probably been out hunting and was very tired. He was VERY
hungry. He said he was so hungry, that he was about to die. Have you ever heard
someone say that they were dying of hunger? Or, I’m so hungry I could die? Or, I am
so hungry I could eat a horse? We say those things sometimes, but we don’t really
mean them. Esau told his brother, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I am