Posted by: wwyeshua | February 28, 2014

ESAU AND JACOB – Genesis 25:19-34


Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. Many years went by, and still they didn’t have any children. And so Isaac prayed to God, and asked the Lord to please bless his wife Rebekah with children.


Do you remember who else could not have babies? It was Isaacs mother Sarah, but God already knew and had promised that from Abraham there would come many nations, as many as the stars in the sky.

God knows what he has planned for us and we need to trust Him completely and have faith.


God heard Isaac’s prayer and so when Isaac was 60 years old, Rebekah became pregnant. Boy that is a long time to wait. Let’s do the math, he married Rebekah when he was 40 and they had to wait 20 years until he was 60 before she got pregnant. And when Rebekah did get pregnant she was not only expecting one child, but twins!

Now even before the twins were born, Rebekah could feel them kicking and shoving inside her. “Why is this happening?” She asked and went to inquire of the Lord. And God answered her and said:


“The two children inside you will become the fathers of two nations. Just like the two are fighting with each other now, the two nations will struggle with each other. One will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.”

Rebekah must have wondered since the older son always had more rights over the younger. In their culture, the older received double the inheritance and the birthright, which gave him many more privileges than his other siblings. But here the Lord had told her that the older, meaning the one that was born first of the twins would serve the younger. Well when they got older she would find out what the Lord meant when He told her that.

Soon the twins were born. The first of the twins was red and hairy, so they named him Esau. The second twin was born holding on to Esau’s heel, so they named him Jacob, which means “one who grabs the heel”.  


As the twins grew up, Esau became a strong and skillful hunter who loved the outdoors; while Jacob became a quiet man tending the flock and he loved to cook and help his mother. 

Now, Isaac loved Esau more, because he was a hunter who provided his father with the game he hunted and Rebekah loved Jacob more.


One day, Esau went out hunting and he must have been gone for quite some time, maybe even days and when he got back he was “starving.”


When he returned Jacob was preparing a delicious lentil stew and the aroma must have been delicious. Since Esau was starving he said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”


Well I believe that Jacob was already scheming, since he knew about the birthright and all the benefits that came with it and said to his brother:  “First sell me your birthright.”


“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.


Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. Can you just imagine! Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew. Remember the birthright was something very important and it belonged to Esau because he was born first. 

We need to learn a lesson here and it is to think before we act. Esau only cared about his stomach at that moment and by doing so, he made a huge mistake, because Jacob was now the one that would get the double portion. Esau did not value what he had and swearing the oath he sold Jacob his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew. 

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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn about Jacob’s blessing.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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