5 Talking Points From The Story Of Jacob And Esau.

The great conspiracy…

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Disclaimer: This is by no means to question God and his awesomeness, it is just an article that highlights one of the mysterious and unexplainable findings in the holy bible.

Before birth while in their mother’s belly: ‘and the children struggled together within her; and she said, if it be so, why am I thus? And she went and enquire of the lord. And the lord said unto her, two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger(gen. 25:22–23)’.

Therefore from the verses highlighted above;

At birth: ‘and the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob(gen. 25:25–26)’.

Birthright concession: ‘and Jacob sod(cooked) pottage; and Esau came from the field; and he was faint; and Esau said to Jacob, feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint. And Jacob said to Esau, 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?(25:29-32)

Who receives the blessing of the firstborn?

Pronouncing the blessing was considered to be the act formally acknowledging the firstborn as the principal heir. Isaac their father was old, his eyes were dim and he couldn’t see.

In Genesis 27:5–7, Rebekah overhears Isaac tell Esau, "Bring me venison and prepare a savory food, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death." Rebekah councils Jacob to pretend to be Esau, in order to obtain the blessing in his brother’s stead. He dressed himself in Esau’s best clothes and disguised himself by covering his arms in lamb skin so that if his blind father touched him, he would think Jacob his more hirsute brother. Jacob brought Isaac a dish of goat meat prepared by Rebecca to taste like venison. Isaac then bestowed the blessings, which confers a prophetic wish for fertility (v. 27–28) and dominion (v.29), on Jacob before Esau’s return. After Esau came back, the rest is ‘history’.

Reconciliation; how it went.

Genesis 32–33 tells of Jacob and Esau’s eventual meeting after Jacob had spent more than 20 years staying with Laban in Padan-Aram.

The two men prepare for their meeting like warriors about to enter into battle. Jacob divides his family into two camps such that if one is taken the other might escape. Jacob sends messengers to Esau, as well as gifts meant to appease him.

After the encounter with the angel that he wrestled and twisted his hip after which he got his name Israel , Jacob crosses over the ford Jabbok and encounters Esau who seems pleased to see him.

However, Jacob evidently does not trust his brother’s favour to continue for long, so he makes excuses to avoid traveling to Mount Seir in Esau’s company, and he further evades Esau’s attempt to put his own men among Jacob’s bands, and finally completes the deception of his brother yet again by going to Succoth and then to Shalem, a city of Shechem, instead of following Esau at a distance to Seir.

The next time Jacob and Esau met is at the burial of their father, Isaac, in Hebron.

The so-called reconciliation is thus only superficial and temporary.

In conclusion, I believe Esau was just unlucky and unfortunate to have been a victim of circumstances. However, it would be unfair to continue to portray him as a negative figure he is construed to be among the Christian folks.

He was never the one who put himself first and cared less about the love bond within and among the family...he held his end even till the end.

Thanks for reading.

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