We started a series in Genesis titled: In The Beginning. Today we pick up in that series where we left off.
Rebekah was barren. So, Issac prayed for his wife. While this is a beautiful illustration of how a husband should pray for his wife, we do not get that Issac and Rebekah were close. The prayer could have been less because he loved his wife and more because he wanted a son to carry on the family name.
The LORD granted his request and healed Rebekah. Rebekah gets pregnant. Instead of the babies remaining calm within her body, they are having a baby UFC match. This is not a pleasant pregnancy for Rebekah. So, she goes to the LORD and asks him why. Look at the LORD’s response to her in verse 23.
When it is time for the boys to be born, Esau is born first but Jacob is grabbing his heel. They were still fighting when it was time for them to be born. Jacob was fighting for position. Even before he was born, Jacob wanted to be first.
Even though they were born at the same time, they are not close brothers and they are definitely not friends. There are drastic differences between Esau and Jacob.
Esau is the hunter. He is a manly man. His clothing has to be functional. He likes the outdoors. He is Bear Grylls. His nickname should be Chewbacca. He builds his own traps and makes his own weapons. He eats anything that walks, crawls, slithers, or flies. He kills his meal and then makes a bonfire to to cook his catch.
Jacob is a mama’s boy. Jacob is the kid that stays at home and reads books and listens to podcasts. He stays close to his mom. He takes care of the garden and grows the family’s fruit and vegetables. He watches HGTV and Food Network.
Issac and Rebekah had favorites. You should love your kids. You should not pick favorites. You should not love them the same. Why? The kids will know and possibly resent each other. You should love them uniquely. God created kids. He did not create them the same. He created them uniquely.
Issac loved Esau. Rebekah loved Jacob. Issac spent most of his time with Esau because Esau was more like him than Jacob. Rebekah loved Jacob and spent most of her time with him and she taught him to be like her. Both of these relationships were unhealthy.
Nowhere, apart from Genesis, does the Bible speak favorably of Esau. In fact, it is harsh towards Esau.
Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of chili.
We have a tendency to sin the most when we are tired or hungry.
When we are tired and hungry, we are not thinking about Jesus at all in those moments.
Find your rest in Jesus.
Let Jesus be your pleasure and joy.
Jesus is your sustainer. He will sustain you more than anything your eyes devour or that you can possibly put in your mouth.
Glorify God in all things.