Youth Ministry Lesson: A Study on Jacob and Esau with Genesis 25:19-34

Hello, young believers! Today, we’re diving into an important and provocative story from Genesis 25:19-34. This narrative, featuring Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah, provides a powerful lesson about choices, consequences, and the value of spiritual inheritance.

Why is this relevant to you? As teenagers, you’re at a critical point in life where you’re making choices that shape your future. Understanding the significance of spiritual values and making wise decisions are pivotal aspects of growing in your faith. So, let’s get started!

Bible Reading: Genesis 25:19-26

Reader: “This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. 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.’ When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.”


  • This passage introduces us to Esau and Jacob, even before their birth. Notice that God had a plan for these two, indicating that they would become two nations.
  • God’s prophecy, “the older will serve the younger,” was unconventional as the eldest typically held the birthright and blessing.

Discussion Questions

  1. How does it feel to know that God has a plan for you, even before you were born?
  2. In what ways can our culture’s expectations differ from God’s plans?

Youth Group Game: Birthright Balloon Bump

Divide into two teams, representing Esau and Jacob. Each team tries to keep a balloon (representing the birthright) in the air using only their breath. The team that keeps the balloon afloat the longest wins.

Bible Reading: Genesis 25:27-34

Reader: “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. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!’ Jacob replied, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ ‘Look, I am about to die,’ Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’ But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.”


  • Esau, driven by his immediate physical needs, sold his birthright for a bowl of stew.
  • Jacob, on the other hand, showed cunning and foresight in seizing the opportunity presented to him.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you feel about Esau’s decision to trade his birthright for stew?
  2. Can you think of a time when you made a decision based on immediate gratification rather than long-term benefits? What was the outcome?

Closing Prayer

Lord, we thank You for Your Word and the lessons we learn from it. Help us to value our spiritual inheritance and make wise decisions, not just based on our immediate needs but also considering our spiritual growth. Guide us in our journey of faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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