Esau is as dumb as a stump. A birthright was no small thing. As a firstborn son, you received special privilege. You receive a larger inheritance, you took over your father’s household, and there was respect and honor for the one who held the position, as well as a special blessing (we will see tomorrow). But even though Esau is lacking some brain power, his brother Jacob is taking advantage of him and is not squeaky clean.
Jacob is doing the “finders keepers, losers weepers” type of thing. This is an example of the text not telling us it’s wrong, but we are expected to understand this as we filter this story through our moral compass. The selling of a birthright and another deception of Abimelech, Jacob is not off to a great start.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.
Come journey with us as we read through the Bible in a year. It is our desire to hear what God wants from us and to know his promises as well as warnings. Each day we will read a text and together we will share what we are learning and encourage one another to finish the goal!