Today’s Bible Reading:
Genesis 25; Matthew 24; Esther 1; Acts 24: Proverbs 24
My reading in Genesis has brought me to the story of Esau and Jacob. Esau the red and hairy, hunter--son of Isaac and Rebekah--and Jacob the good cook. This little glimpse of the twin brothers is found in Genesis 25:27-34. It struck me as I read about their encounter that Esau was more concerned about the here and now-being hungry-he actually states famished to the point of death-that he does not value the precious gift that awaits him from his father.
“and Esau said to Jacob, ‘Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.’ Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ Esau said, ‘Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?’ And Jacob said, ‘First swear to me’; 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 on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” (Genesis 25: 30-34, NASB)
Esau despised his birthright-is special rights as the firstborn son-he had contempt for them. How often have I seen that luscious piece of chocolate cake all covered with frosting and decided my long-term weight loss goals were not as important at that moment as a little self-indulgence? Of course I get back on the healthy eating wagon and start again, but isn’t it funny how our eyes – and stomachs – can make us “despise” our higher goals. Not sure I want to put this in terms of my walk with God!
Grace, peace, and mercy,