Bible Study Outline on Jacob and Esau


Jacob and Esau are twin brothers. They were the sons of Issac and Rebekah. At the time when Rebekah was pregnant, she felt the baby jostled with each other and ask God why. God replied that there are two nations in her womb but they will live separately. The younger will be a greater nation than the older.

Jacob had smooth skin and was content in staying home but Esau was a skillful hunter, a man who loves the open country. Esau was Isaac’s favorite son while Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite son.

One day, Esau came back from hunting and was feeling very thirsty and hungry. Jacob happened to be cooking a pot of red stew. When Esau saw this, he asked Jacob to give him some. However, Jacob have one condition before giving Esau some of the red stew. Jacob wanted Esau to sell his birthright to him. Esau did not think much of his birth right as the eldest son, and he carelessly agreed to sell his birthright to him. After Esau agreed to sell his birthright to him, Jacob gave him some of the red stew. After Esau had finished eating it, he hastily left.

Esau was lazy in cooking his own food. Because Esau was lazy, he preferred to sell his birthright to Jacob to get some red stew. Laziness will get us nowhere. Only the hardworking will succeed in life. If you do nothing, you should expect to get nothing. If you want something, you must be willing to get the job done yourself.

Therefore, we should not depend on praying alone but also take action to make it happen. For example, if you need a job, you should not just think that a job will come your way when you are not making any effort at all. Many people like to think this way, that they have prayed and surrendered everything to God, and expect God to give them miracle when they do nothing to get it. We must always be willing to get out of our comfort zone to do something. And then, God will help us.

Esau despised his birthright. He did not think that his birthright would worth him anything so he think it is all right to sell his birthright to Jacob. We must never look down on ourselves. If you look down on yourself, people will look down on you and try to take advantage of you. You cannot blame others for looking down on you as it is your responsibility to make your life right.

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. (Proverbs 20:4 KJV)

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. (Proverbs 18:9 KJV)

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. (Proverbs 12:24 KJV)

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. (Proverbs 19:15 KJV)

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. (Proverbs 13:4 KJV)

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Ephesians 4:28 KJV)

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV)

And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it. (1 Corinthians 4:12 KJV)