Men and Women of the Bible: Esau

Lesson Twenty: Esau, A Profane Person
Lesson Text: Genesis 27:30-41
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Esau.
Memory Verse: Hebrews 12:16


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 25-28:9
    Genesis 32-33
    Genesis 35-36
  • Romans 9:10-16
  • Hebrews 11:20
    Hebrews 12:14-17

Fact Questions:

  1. Who is Esau? What does his name mean? Genesis 25:25
  2. By what other name was Esau called? Why? Genesis 25:30
  3. What were the main pursuits of Esau’s life? Genesis 25:27
  4. What great men had an influence on Esau’s early life? Genesis 25:7, 17
  5. Whom did Esau marry? Genesis 26:34; 28:9 How did this affect his parents? Why?
  6. What was the blessing that Isaac bestowed upon Esau? Genesis 27:39-40
  7. When Jacob departed to Padan-Aram, what kind of relationship did he have with his brother Esau? Genesis 27:41
  8. When Jacob returned did their relationship stand? Genesis 33:1-16
  9. What nation is descended from Esau? Genesis 36:1-9
  10. How did God fulfill the blessing to Esau? Genesis 27:38-40

Thought Questions:

  1. How is Esau’s character described in Scripture? Hebrews 12:16
  2. Give examples which demonstrate this character in the life of Esau.
  3. With what kind of person is Esau contrasted in Hebrews 12:14-17?
  4. What evidence is there that Esau was guilty of the sins mentioned in Hebrews 12:15-16?
  5. Whose repentance was sought by Esau in Hebrews 12:16?
  6. Is there any evidence that Esau did repent and turn to God?
  7. What is the one great lesson in Esau’s life for you?