Reflection on Genesis 25:19-34

Scripture

Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.

Observation

After much prayer, Rebekah becomes pregnant with twins. The Lord tells her she has two nations in her womb, of whom the elder will serve the younger.

Esau is the first born, but Jacob comes out gripping Esau’s ankle. Isaac favour Esau who is an outdoors man but Rebekah favours stay at home Jacob.

One day Esau returns home from hunting. He sees Jacob cooking stew and demands some of it. Jacob requires Esau’s birthright in exchange which Esau happily gives up to him.

Application

Esau gave up his place of honour and responsibility in the family for some food. A long term gift is traded for short term gain.

In the letter to the Hebrews, this is equated with sexual immorality and godlessness.

Esau gave up his destiny because he failed to recognise the sacredness of his calling.

We must always keep our dream, vision, calling or destiny in mind. It is too easy to sacrifice God’s plan for our lives by giving in to temptation and the immediate demands of the flesh. How many christian leaders have given up their ministry through greed or sexual misconduct?

Prayer

Lord let me not be an Esau. Teach me to treasure the call you have placed on my life. May I never be led astray by short term pleasure. Amen.

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