Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 13 – Esau

Jacob and Esau

What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Esau?

Context (Genesis 25-36):  Esau was the oldest son of Isaac and the brother of Jacob.  Esau was an outdoorsman and a hunter.  Esau sold his birthright as the oldest son to his younger brother Jacob for a bowl of lentil stew and some bread because he was hungry.  Esau was rash and easily let his emotions get the better of him.

Key Life Learnings:

  • Rash decisions made in a moment of passion can have drastic long term consequences (Genesis 25:29-34).   The birthright given to the oldest son consisted of a double portion of the family inheritance and the leadership of the family when the father died.  Esau showed a total disregard for carrying on the spiritual heritage and financial blessing of the family when he sold his birthright.  As a result, the family lineage went through younger son Jacob and not Esau.  Jacob’s 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.  Also, Esau went away in to the wilderness and started his own family that was in constant battle with Jacob’s family.  All because of a rash decision by Esau.

That is why the Bible warns against staying angry too long and letting our anger consume our good sense.  Let your anger cool over night before making any rash decisions that could impact your future and the future of your family.

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