Genesis 25:21-23,27-34 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger”... When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
This chapter tells us of the last years of Abraham's life when he took another wife and had children with her and then decided to get right before God and gives Isaac his entire wealth and gives the children of his new wife, Keturah, gifts and sends them away.
Quite a let down from a righteous man such as Abraham but at his deathbed, both his sons Isaac and Ishmael are present together and they bury him in the same grave as his wife, Sarah. This is wonderful after years of animosity because of Abraham and Sarah's poor choice in using Hagar as a surrogate mother.
Finally we read about Isaac and Rebekah's twins who were born as an answer to prayer. Why do the people of God seem to have such tough situations in their lives compared to others one wonders?
Jacob, through whom was born the twelve sons who formed the twelve tribes of Israel, was not entitled to the birthright of being the one to lead Israel. He stole the birthright from his older brother Esau for a mere bowl of red lentil soup!
It is hard to imagine that Jesus, the son of God, was born of Abraham's lineage which was full of broken men and women. All of these stories don't show Jesus' ancestry in good light and makes us wonder what God is speaking to us through it?
When you compare the lives of Abraham and Jacob to that of Esau, it is quite disconcerting to note that the ones who sinned were blessed and the one who seemed not to sin was left in the lurch.
However, we have to remember that Esau cared less about his birthright, which God had promised to Abraham and Isaac would be significant, and more about the immediate and carnal need of man. This shows his disrespect for what God had promised him because he was born before Jacob.
Abraham and Jacob were both sinful in many ways but we also must remember that these men were repentant of their sins which won God's favor. The lesson clearly is not that we can sin and get away with anything but it is the state of our hearts.
In Romans 3:23, Paul reminds us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, which means that there is none who are considered righteous before God. Therefore the only way to make peace with God is to seek His forgiveness for our brokenness.
However, nothing we do or say can ever atone for all the sins we have committed and therefore God gave His son, Jesus Christ, as a living sacrifice for our sins and so we now have access to God through the death and resurrection of His son.
Abraham and Jacob were grievous sinners just like all of us today but they differed from Esau by being repentant of their sins. Are you washed in the blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ? Have you asked Him to forgive you of your sins and received Him as your Lord and Savior?
In His Loving Service,
Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
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