By pastor Rod Lafee
27 “So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Note: Isaac is the father and Rebekah is the mother) 29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.
31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”
32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die;(note the over dramatization) so what is this birthright to me?”
33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”
So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”
Later when good old dad is getting quite old, he decides it is time to hand out blessings to his sons. Dad plans on giving the blessings of the birthright to Esau, but with some manipulation on the mothers’ part, Jacob who is now the rightful holder of the birthright receives the birthright blessing. Now, Esau figures out the importance of the birthright and begs his dad to be given the blessing even though it had already been given to Jacob. The father tells him he has no blessing for him other than the one who comes with being now the number two son. Esau now considers killing his brother to regain the birthright and in order to protect Jacob dad and mom send Jacob away for what they hope would only be a few days to let Esau calm down only to find out this lead to months and even later into years and years before this matter would be resolved.
You see, we behave very much like Esau. Opportunities are presented to us either by our employer or situations in life and we just casually let them go by until we find out it has been given to some one else and we get upset because we felt we should have been the one to deserve it. Well this is true of God also. He has given each of us an opportunity to believe in Him and what He has done for us through his son Jesus Christ and we either just ignore it or let our pride get in the way. Don’t be like Esau, grab ahold of the heavenly birthright God has offered to each of us and enjoy the blessings one day to come.