101-125-Genesis Part 2 Chapter 25
The days of Isaac were less trying than of his father Abraham and most of his time was spent in quietness. Isaac was forty when he married Rebekah. Rebekah like Abraham’s wife Sarah and was barren. Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of Rebekah and twenty years later Rebekah became with twins in her womb. The two struggled with each other and caused Rebekah much duress and pain. It is speculated that she would have consulted with other women who were with child to see if they suffered the same anxiety. Finding out that her trial in giving birth was unique Rebekah inquired with the Lord. The Lord answered that she would be the mother of two nations which were in her womb, the Edomites and the Israelites.
They will be separate nations in their bodies, complexions, manner of life, the land they shall call home, and their religion. Esau’s nation the Edomites were the stronger people and brought forth Dukes and Kings before Jacob’s Israelites. In later times the Israelites became the stronger. The Lord also told Rebekah the older would serve the younger. The birthright always by tradition went to the first born male but the Lord was saying the blessing would fall upon the younger. This prophecy became true when King David made servants of the Edomites in 2 Samuel 8:14. The day will come in later time that the Edomites will be completely destroyed. (Obadiah 1:18-21)
The first born came out covered in red hair as a garment and he was named Esau. The second was born and came out holding his brothers heal. He was smooth and his name was called Jacob.
Esau was a skilled hunter and a successful conqueror ruling over his neighbors. Jacob was a gentle man one that liked the pleasures of retirement. Jacob was more a spiritual man and a shepherd for all of his days. Isaac and Rebekah had but these two children. One was the favored by the father and the other favored by the mother. Godly parents must be drawn to the Godly child, yet they should not show partiality. Their affections should lead to what is equal and just for each child, otherwise evils will arise.
There was a bargain made between Esau and Jacob over the birthright. Esau as the first born was to receive the birthright from Isaac. It was Esau’s birthright by birth but it was also Jacobs by God’s promise. Jacob decided to obtain it by a crooked course. Jacob was right that he coveted the best of the gifts but wrong that he took advantage of his Brother Esau’s needs. The inheritance of their father’s worldly goods did not come to Jacob and was not meant in this bargain between him and Esau. Jacob was trading for the promised lands of Canaan for his descendants and the bloodline of the Messiah Jesus Christ the promised seed. Jacob valued this above all else but unbelieving Esau discarded them.
Jacob had made some stew and the famished Esau was pleased by the sight of it. Esau asked his brother Jacob for some of the red, as Esau was called Edom, or red. When the hearts of men seek after that which is pleasing to the eye they are bound for trouble. (Job 31:7)
Jacob told Esau that he would give him some of the stew in exchange for the birthright of the first born. There were many privileges that the birthright would hold for the one who would be blessed with it. It was Esau’s by right of being the first born, but Jacob’s by divine right, as his mother knew and had probably explained to him. Rebekah most likely had advised Jacob to bargain Esau for the birthright that he might have it. The birthright came with honor and authority, a parental blessing which would include the bloodline of the Messiah, the inheritance of the land of Canaan, which is symbolic of the heavenly inheritance.
Esau replied he was about to die from his hunger so what use is a birthright to him. It cannot be expected that Esau was actually dying as a result of his hunger while living in the house of Isaac. Esau’s words were spoken as if he was moving towards death and that he would never live to inherit Canaan. It was short sighted on Esau’s part and not taking into considerations the generations that would follow him. These words of Esau were profane, as the apostle in Hebrews 12:16 takes note, “That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.” Esau’s desire for the stew in the present moment agreed to trade the birthright in exchange for a meal.
It is complete foolishness to part with our interest in God, Jesus, and heaven, for the riches, honors, and pleasures of this world and exchange our heavenly inheritance for a meal here in this world. Esau ate his meal and got up and went his way. In complete contempt for the birthright he had traded away and put it out of his mind. People are not so much domed to an awful fate by what they had done in this world as they are from not repenting from it.