"The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”
When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Esau Sells His Birthright
Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright."
When we think about this story normally the first thing we think about is Jacob and the way that He deceived His own brother, but at the same time you think about the way His Mother constantly pushed Him to take Esau's birthright by tricking Him into it..as Jacob was Her favorite of the sons,
they say the way to a mans heart is through His stomach after all! That's just what Jacob did and His Mother knew that would do the trick!
I think something we can learn about this story is how we shouldn't ever listen to someone so much that we forget what we want and what our Father has predestined for us..
Jacob allowed His Mother to talk Him into tricking His Brother and in the end Jacob lived up to His namesake..Jacob means "deceiver" and He certainly did that to Esau.
More than that, Rebecca also deceived Her own Husband by doing something as low as this!
When I look at this story I try to learn from it by understanding that anyone can be deceived and also that we shouldn't allow someone else the right to steal our blessing right from under us! It's a good thing that God cannot be deceived like Isaac and Esau was because there are many who would like to take your birthright from you!
This world can be so cruel and dark!
Learn from this story by being cautious and not allowing yourself to become deceived by someone..it could even be someone who is family like this story! Don't allow anyone to force you to settle for something less than God's very best!
There are a lot of deceivers out there that feed off of destroying other people's lives..watch out for yourself and pay attention to whom you sit down to dinner with..it cost Esau His birthright and that's something that He couldn't ever get back!
In the end of the story it all works out for the both of them but the point is that we need to consider those who are out there to deceive us and they desire to use us!
Jacob and Esau's story could've been a much more happy one if only Jacob hadn't listened to His Mothers plan of deception toward His own Brother!
I'm so glad for the times that God intervenes and saves us from being deceived even after we fell for their trickery at times! God can save us from all of that even when it's almost too late..it's never too late according to God! He always shows up just in time to rescue us from the enemy or from someone we trusted who deceived us!
Ask God to give you wisdom today, that you will not become deceived by anyone! Then ask Him to protect you if you find yourself in the same position as Esau found himself in! It's never too late for God to transform that bad thing into something miraculous!
God can turn anything around! He saved me more than once from being deceived and lied to! I know that I can thank God for rescuing me and preserving my future from the hands of the enemy!
Thank God for His saving grace..for it truly is never too late!