Bible Story: Jacob and Esau (Part 2)
Lesson: Don’t Take God’s Blessings for Grantedl
Memory Verse: Psalms 103:2 (New International Version)
“Praise the Lord, O my soul. Forget not all His benefits.”
Remember the twins we talked about last time, Jacob and Esau?
One day, Esau went out to go hunting. He probably took his bow and arrow with him. (Show a picture of Esau)
His brother Jacob stayed to work at home. Since he liked to cook, he made some stew. (Show a picture of Jacob)
When Esau came home from hunting, he was very hungry. (Rub your belly with your hand)
Esau said, “Give me some stew!”
Jacob said, “Give me your birthright!” (Say, “A birthright is the blessing given to lead the people”)
Esau was so hungry and didn’t take his birthright seriously so he traded it for some stew.
So Jacob ended with the blessing to lead the people and all Esau got was some stew.
(Say, “Sometimes, we take for granted what God has blessed us with and we end up losing them.)
Game: Pass the Blessing Ball
Pass the ball from one child to another. Each time they catch the ball, they have to say a blessing they’ve received. Keep going until each child gets turn. For a smaller group, allow each child to go at least twice.
Craft Activity: Vegetable Coloring Page
Hand each child a coloring page that has different vegetables on it. (Say, just like Jacob’s stew, the vegetables on the page can also be cooked together to make a stew) Say the name of each vegetable on the page and mention what different colors they come in.
Talk about the different blessings we receive everyday. Remind the children to be thankful instead of complaining. Also, encourage each child to thank God by praying everyday.
“Count your blessings, name them one by one” If we do this, we’ll be much happier because we realize that God is taking care of us more than we realize.