“Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing” (Genesis 27:35).
First we visited Abraham’s home. Abraham had three wives and eight sons. Since Isaac was the son of promises, Abraham gave him all he had.
Now let us visit Isaac’s home. He had one wife and two sons. The elder son was Esau and the meaning is that ‘a fair personality’. The younger son was Jacob and the name means deceiver. When these children grew up Esau was skilful in hunting and was in the forest most of the time. Jacob was a mild man dwelling in tents.
The elder son has the birth right. He has the best blessings of his father. But Jacob did not wish to stay back longing for the blessings. His wish, thirst and longing was always over how to get the birth right and how to get the blessings of his Father and God as well. Esau was not aware of this intention of Jacob. Bible says “Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown” (Rev 3:11).
Esau lost all these three blessings. The sole aim of his life was to hunt, attach more wives and to enjoy the life. He had no affection over the Lord and love too. He was not concerned with spiritual things also. Even though he was a descendent of Abraham and son of Esau a sacrificial man, we are unable to find in the Bible about Esau praying even for once. He became an outsider for God’s blessings since he did not love Him.
Esau did not know the real value of the precious birth right. He did not understand how merciful God was toward him in making him take birth first and create eligibility for the birth right. He disdained it and said “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birth right to me”.
No one dies for the reason being unable to eat for one part of a day. Jesus Christ underwent fasting for forty days and nights when he commenced His ministry. But Esau was unable to bear the hunger even for a little duration and sold his precious birth right for a mere bread and pottage of lentils. He lived for his stomach and his stomach was his god. First he lost the precious birth right. Then he lost his father’s blessings. He cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and requested his father to bless him too. What was his father’s response? “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
To meditate: “For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Hebrews 12:17).