October 27, 2019

Don’t Trade Your Blessings for a Bowl of Soup

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!’ Jacob replied, ‘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.” – Genesis 25:29-33 As fraternal twins and the fathers of two separate nations, Jacob and Esau were practically born fighting. When Rebekah gave birth, Esau came out first, and he was a super-hairy baby, so his parents called him “hairy.” Jacob came out next, and he was holding onto Esau’s heel, so his name means “the one who grabs the heel.” This scene is a depiction of the relationship between the two brothers and the manner in which it

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