Jacob and Esau

God is in charge of everything. Listen the story of Jacob and Esau.

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Memory Verse

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.”

Genesis 25:23​
Story Characters

Narrator
Rebekah
Voice of God
Jacob
Esau
Isaac

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Narrator: 

God is in charge of everything. When we don’t trust God, when we try to make things happen apart from God, that’s when we get into trouble. 

Just like Jacob--who was known as the “Heel Grabber.” How did he get such a strange name?

Isaac and Rebekah were about to have a baby—and a surprise. 

Scene 1 INT. Rebekah’S TENT - DAY

We hear the desert wind outside, flapping the tent in the breeze. 

Rebekah is laying on her bed, anxious for the struggle that’s going on inside her. 

Rebekah:

Lord God, I’m worried. I feel my baby struggling inside of me. What’s wrong? 

Voice of God:

Two nations are inside you. 

Rebekah:

Two nations?!

Voice of God:

Two peoples will come from you. 

One people will be stronger,

And the older shall serve the younger.

Rebekah:

I’m--I’m going to have twins! 

(MUSIC: BRIDGE)

Scene 2  INT. Rebekah’S TENT – LATER

Rebekah gives birth. 

Narrator:

When it came time for Rebekah to give birth, her first baby was covered all over with red hair. 

(SFX: BABY ESAU CRYING)

They called him Esau, which means “hairy.” Now when Esau’s brother came out, he was hanging on to Esau’s heel!

(SFX: BABY JACOB CRYING)

So they called him Jacob, which means “Heel Grabber.” And this was just the beginning of Jacob grabbing for what wasn’t his. Esau grew up to be a great hunter. But Jacob liked to stick closer to home. He also cooked some delicious stew. 

Scene 3 INT. Rebekah’S TENT - AFTERNOON

Jacob fixes a boiling pot of stew over the fire. Esau comes into the tent. 

Esau: 

I’m starving! Give me some that stew of yours! 

Jacob:

Of course. Just give me your birthright first. 

Narrator: 

A birthright is a very special honor that is given to the firstborn son. It means that one day, Esau would be in charge of everything his parents now owned. 

Esau: (laughing with disrespect)

So, I give you my birthright, and you give me your stew, is that right? 

Jacob: 

That’s right. 

Esau: (apathetic)

What’s a birthright mean to me, when I’m so hungry? Give me that stew!

Jacob: 

Here. 

Esau eagerly chows down on the stew. 

Narrator:

Many years later, Isaac was old, and had trouble seeing. It was time for Isaac to give his special firstborn blessing to Esau.

Scene 4 ISAAC’S TENT – MORNING 

Isaac—now elderly--sits on the edge of his bed, talking to Esau. 

Isaac:

Esau, I want you to go out and hunt for me. Fix me a good meal. And then, I will bless you my son. 

Esau:

Yes, Father! 

Narrator:

Rebekah was listening in, and she heard everything. She wanted Isaac to bless Jacob, not Esau. But how could she make this work? 

Scene 5 INT. Rebekah’S TENT – LATER

Rebekah calls to Jacob. 

Rebekah (calling):

Jacob! 

Jacob comes into the tent. 

Jacob:

Yes, Mother?

Rebekah:

Your father is about to give his blessing to Esau! But we must make sure you get the blessing.  

Jacob:

How? 

Rebekah: 

You must do exactly as I say. And do it quickly. Take two of the best goats we have and I will make a delicious meal for your father. Take it to your father and he will give you the special blessing.

Jacob:

Mother, this won’t work. Yes, Father is blind, but he can still tell the difference between Esau and me. Esau is so hairy! If Father finds out I tricked him, he won’t bless me. He’ll curse me!  

Rebekah:

Do you want your father’s blessing?

Jacob:

More than anything!

Rebekah:

Then trust me. Go get the goats. Quickly!

Narrator: 

Rebekah fixed a delicious meal for Isaac. Then she took some of Esau’s clothes and gave them to Jacob to put on. 

Scene 6 INT. Rebekah’S TENT – LATER

Jacob has returned. Rebekah is putting the finishing touches on the meal. 

Jacob: 

Mother, are you sure about this?

Rebekah: 

Here, we’ll take these goat skins and put them on your hands and around your neck. 

Jacob (gets it): 

That way, Father will think I’m hairy—just like Esau! 

Rebekah: 

Yes! Now take this meal to your father. Hurry, before Esau comes back!

Scene 7 INT. ISAAC’S TENT – LATER

Jacob comes in, trying to imitate his brother’s voice.

Jacob:

Father, I brought you your meal, just like you asked.

Isaac:

Who are you?

Jacob:

I’m Esau! Please enjoy the food I brought you. And bless me!

Isaac:

Your voice sounds like Jacob, but…(he feels his hands) your hands are hairy, like Esau. You are really Esau?

Jacob:

I am. 

Isaac: 

Then I give you my special blessing. May God give you blessings from heaven, and blessing on the earth. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. May you be the master of your brother. 

Jacob:

Thank you!

Isaac:

May every one who curses you be cursed. And may those who bless you be blessed!

Jacob: 

Thank you, Father! Thank you for your special blessing! 

(SFX: HORSE GALLOPS APPROACHING) 

Jacob: 

I have to go now. 

Isaac:

Then go, my son. 

Jacob leaves. Esau enters soon after.

Esau (panting):

Father! I’ve returned from the hunt and fixed you this delicious meal, just like you asked me to!  Here, enjoy! And then give me your special blessing!

Isaac:

Who are you?

Esau (confused):

I am Esau. Your firstborn.

Isaac:

Your brother deceived me! 

Esau:

What?!

Isaac:

I gave him your blessing. It is no longer yours.

Esau:

No! No, Father! Bless me! Bless me also, Father!

Isaac:

I cannot. Jacob has taken it from you. 

Esau: 

He is surely a heel grabber! From the very beginning! He took away my birthright, and now he has stolen my blessing! But, isn’t there any blessing left for me?

Isaac:

I have made him your master. And given him everything. 

Esau (to himself):

I will make Jacob pay dearly for this!

Scene 8 INT. JACOB’S TENT - LATER

Rebekah rushes into the tent, out of breath. 

Rebekah:

Jacob! 

Jacob: 

What’s wrong?

Rebekah:

Esau found out what happened. And he’s going to kill you! 

Jacob:

Oh no!

Rebekah:

You must flee to Haran, to my brother Laban. Hurry, Jacob!  

Narrator:

And so, Jacob “The Heel Grabber” ran away. 

It was good that Jacob respected the blessing of his father—more than his brother. But instead of trusting God, Jacob went about getting the blessing the wrong way. He lied to his father and deceived him. And soon, someone would lie to Jacob and deceive him as well. 

If you want to learn more about Jacob, check out the book of Genesis. It’s the first book in the Old Testament part in your bible.  

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