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Esau offers to travel together with Jacob. Jacob says that his animals and children need to walk slowly. When Esau offers to leave some men behind to help Jacob, again he refuses. Why do you think that Esau offers to go with Jacob and to leave men behind to help him? Why do you think that Jacob refuses on both accounts?

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Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • Do they always want to do something with someone who invites them for a play date?
  • Do they always want help that is offered to them?

 Creative Thinking

  • Think of mean ways that you can tell someone that you don’t want to do something with him/her.
  • Think of nice ways that you can tell someone that you don’t want to do something with him/her without hurting any feelings.

Homeschool Activities

  • Esau said that he wanted to travel together with Jacob.
        • Think of 5 nice reasons that Esau would have wanted to travel with Jacob and his family.
        • Think of 5 mean reasons that Esau would have wanted to travel with Jacob and his family,
  • Jacob did not want Esau to travel with him and his family. Jacob told Esau that his family and animals needed to travel slowly.
        • Think of 5 other reasons that Jacob would not want to travel with Esau.
  • It says that Esau wanted to help Jacob as a good deed. What is a good deed?
        • Is a good deed still a good deed if the other person doesn’t want the help? Present your case before a judge.
  • Think of a good deed that you can do for someone who would appreciate it. Now go and do that good deed.
  • Create a bulletin board advocating doing good deeds.
  • Write a diary entry explaining Jacob’s point of view.
  • Write a diary entry explaining Esau’s point of view.
  • Write a newspaper column describing what happened when Jacob and Esau met. Remember that a newspaper article should be unbiased.
  • Write a play-by-play description of what happened when Esau and Jacob met (like you would hear from a sports broadcaster).
  • Look at other project ideas related to Jacob and Esau.
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