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Temporary pleasures, instant gratification – and we think we are the only ones who act in such ways. This is the story of Rebekah and Isaac’s twin sons Esau the first born and Jacob who was born second. They struggled and battled in Rebekah’s womb and the Lord told her that two nations were in her womb and that the older would serve the younger. Jacob was the son who would lead the Israelites and Esau the Edomites who were enemies in the ancient times. Esau was a hunter and Jacob a mild mannered fellow. One day Jacob made a lentil stew and Esau after coming in from a non-productive day of hunting was famished and he asked Jacob for some of the stew. Jacob replied that he would serve Esau the stew only if Esau would sell Jacob his birthright. For the instant gratification that the stew would give him – Esau agreed and sold his birthright to Jacob. How impulsive Esau was to sell his birthright to Jacob. How are ways that we are just as impulsive? Do we do foolish things for the same temporary pleasures. Dear Abba, precious Lord! May we learn from this story and be more aware of how things that we do impulsively will affect us for all times.
This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body, One people shall be stronger than the other and the older shall serve the younger. So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.