Jacob and Esau (ages 11-14)

A program on the changing relationship between the brothers Jacob and Esau and what it means for us. Can be used alone or in conjunction with the adult Shift Journey program. See other Youth Journey Programs.

Lesson 1 - Jacob and Esau

Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. Genesis 25:27

Week 1 lesson materials (PDF)

Lesson 2 - Jacob's Dream

Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12

Week 2 lesson materials (PDF)

Lesson 3 - Jacob Meets Rachel

And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept. Genesis 29:10-11

Week 3 lesson materials (PDF)

Lesson 4 - Jacob's Family

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padran Aram. Genesis 35:22-26

Week 4 lesson materials (PDF)

Twelve sons of Israel:

The twelve sons of Israel music sheet (PDF)

Lesson 5 - Jacob's Flocks

Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink so that they should conceive when they came to drink. So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.... Genesis 30:37-39

Week 5 lesson materials (PDF)

Lesson 6 - Jacob's New Name

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.... And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed. Genesis 32:24,28

Week 6 lesson materials (PDF)

Lesson 7 - Jacob Returns Home

Then Jacob bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. Genesis 33:3-4

Week 7 lesson materials (PDF)