Good evening peeps!!!!
As believers, I’m sure we must have heard about the story of the infamous twins in the bible; Jacob and Esau and how one of them was a thief and the other’s worth was a meal of bread and pottage. Growing up, I always wondered what effect the sold birthright had on Esau that was so bad that he could never recover from it. Recently, I was just going through the story of Israel from His grandfather Abraham and I noticed something; apparently, there’s something about the blessings of a father being passed on to the next generation specifically through the first legal born(son). There’s a level of grace and authority that comes with being the first fruit of a parent. It gives the legal right by virtue of the fact that a person is the first fruit for that person to inherit special blessings from the parent.
Abraham’s first legal son was Isaac and the promise God made with Abraham was automatically passed on to Isaac; God was called “the God of Abraham and Isaac”
13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying .NIV
Isaac gives birth to twins and because Esau came out first, it was His birthright to inherit the blessings of Abraham and have his name included in the sequence of how God was called; “God of Abraham, Isaac and Esau” he would have probably been the one to give birth to twelve sons and establish the kingdom setting of God’s people. He would have probably been the one with the changed name to Israel.
Somehow, I have the feeling that Esau really didn’t understand the gravity of what being the first born meant both to him and his generation else he wouldn’t have uttered this statement
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” NIV
I’d like to assume it’s because Esau was always in the field, he didn’t get enough home training and tutoring to understand the relationship between God and his lineage and that’s probably why he despised it. On the other hand, Jacob was always home; how else would he have had the time and opportunity to learn how to cook food tasty enough to make a man sell his birthright? He was his mother’s favorite (probably because his mum already went to enquire and knew that he was going to be great and lead his siblings), I assume Jacob knew what it meant to have that birthright and he coveted it and He didn’t just stop at coveting it, he made sure he bought it, fair and square.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright. NIV
Think about it, for Jacob to have been cooking at that time, he must have been quite hungry too but was willing to sacrifice his belly for the birthright. Of course you know that the trade didn’t occur in the presence of their parents but it occurred before one who is greater, by whom they swore by; God.
I remember someone wondering how Jacob could have been so tricky and yet God loved him.
Well, Jacob would’ve done anything to inherit the blessing of Abraham apportioned to the first born by virtue of the birthright; you see, the blessing of Abraham was beyond his seed being innumerable and them owning lands, Abraham’s first and greatest reward is having God Himself
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward. ” NIV
Wooooow!!!! God said He is Abraham’s VERY VERY GREAT REWARD! *squeals . I honestly still don’t believe Abraham understood the meaning of that statement from God. That statement was going to span through Abraham’s generation through to Israel and unto us believers who are inheritors of Abraham’s blessing of justification by grace through faith.
These blessings were passed on from generation to generation and Esau sold his right to be a partaker of them for food!
God declares the end from the beginning and so he already knew the kind of people they would grow up to be and that’s why it was recorded that God loved Jacob and hated Esau.
Notice that it was after this exchange that the blessings began to fall in place for Jacob, even though he tricked his father to get the blessings meant for the first born, it was rightfully his because he already bought the rights to them. After he fled home, I bet it wasn’t coincidence that he fell asleep in the same place God appeared to his grandfather; Bethel.
7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.NIV
You can also read Genesis 28:10-19 for Jacob’s account.
It was at this same place God renewed His covenant with Abraham to the next generation; Jacob’s generation.
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward. NIV
( this is where it started, where God made Himself the “God of Abraham”)
5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”NIV
RENEWED WITH ISAAC HERE;
3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, NIV
RENEWED WITH JACOB HERE;
13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” NIV
(God introduced Himself here as the God of Isaac too)
6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. NIV
(finally Jacob made it to the list and God introduced Himself as the God of Jacob too).
Imagine if Esau hadn’t sold what was to be his by birth, it would have probably been “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau”…. Well, Jacob sure was a smart dude..
I decided to share this because I feel pretty excited understanding this and I wanted to share with someone. Glory to God as believers we have something greater!!!! God is our father thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice and now we don’t have to go through the stress of “ God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”, to us, He’s God our Father and there’s nothing more beautiful than that.
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