And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Genesis 25:30 – 33 KJV
Sometimes when God makes statements concerning the future, He does so knowing well ahead what choices each man will make. It doesn’t necessarily follow that God will force them to make those choices, but His omniscient wisdom had already known in advance what choices each man would make, and on these basis, God makes His choice of His man.
When God told Rebekah that “the elder will serve the younger”; it was probably because the Almighty knew what manner of man Esau was going to become, and what kind of choices he would make. However, God must allow each man to play out his own part in the scene of life. It is called the Demonstration of His Righteousness.
Esau grew up to become a skillfull hunter, while Jacob grew up to become a ‘house guy’ and shepherd. For this sake, Isaac loved Esau more, while Rebekah loved Jacob more.
I do not know what this selective love tells us concerning the nature of the husband-wife relationship that existed between Isaac and Rebekah at this point. However, looking at their twin children, we could tell that much may have gone wrong in that Divine, God-ordained family.
That God started a family does not necessarily mean that everything will go well. It’s important to note here that a successful, peaceful and loving family is a product of hardwork, sacrifice and selflessness from all the members of the family, especially the husband and wife.
Jacob still craved for the rights of the firstborn (maybe his mother had told him about the prophecy); and one day, he saw his chance!
His brother, Esau, returned back from hunting and was hungry. He saw that Jacob was preparing a nice meal, and so he walked up to him and demanded some. Here, Jacob made his unusual request:
“Sell me your birth-right, and I will give you food to eat.”
To Esau, the birth-right meant nothing. (I wrote an article on Why Esau sold His Birth-right. You can click here to read it.) So, he offered it to his brother in exchange for food. For him, the fact that he was hungry was more important that a physically non-existent birth-right).
So, Esau, swore out his birth-right to his junior brother, Jacob; and Jacob gave him food to eat.
And so the scriptures said, “and thus, Esau despised his birth-right.”
AND SO. Esau, belonged to a generation that did not value things that could not be seen. Jacob, though with a wrong heart, was seeking for that promised inheritance. He was somehow conscious of the God of His fathers, and wanted whatever gift that that God had given unto His fathers. This was why God chose Him…. He had a heart for things that are eternal.
Sometimes the men that God choose are not the best in town. They may not be going after what they are longing for with a correct heart, or in the right way. However, they all have something in common- They were conscious of a realm beyond the physical, and they wanted to have the blessings of that realm. They were conscious of a purpose for their lives beyond what their eyes can see, and they longed for it. This was what God saw, and gave them a chance.
And may that generation arise. May you be a part of that army whose hearts pant for that which is beyond the physical. If you have the right heart, there is a God who is waiting to meet you somewhere along the way. But only one thing will draw Him to you…..a heart longing for “something greater than I”.