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The Story Of Jacob And Esau – Moral Lesson


Based on what the scripture says, Jacob was the younger twin brother of Esau. The two are representatives of two different grades of unskilled labor, Jacob being a pastoralist and Esau a nomadic hunter.

Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac and Rebekah and the first twins mentioned in the Bible.  The twins grew up very different. Jacob was “a calm man, staying among the tents” and his mother’s favorite.

As time goes, something serious came up between them, let see what the bible account of Genesis 25:19-34 (KJV).

This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac,

And Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, why is this happening to me? So she went to inquire of the LORD.

The LORD said to her, two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.

When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.  The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.

After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents.

Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.

He said to Jacob, Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished! (That is why he was also called Edom).

Jacob replied, first sell me your birthright. Look, I am about to die, Esau said. What good is the birthright to me?

But Jacob said, Swear to me first. So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

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”

The scripture focuses on Esau’s loss of his birthright to Jacob and the conflict that ensued between their descendant nations because of Jacob’s deception of their aged and father, Isaac, in order to receive Esau’s birthright/blessing from Isaac.

Moral Lesson

We should never take lightly what the Lord has for us.  Let me repeat this again.  By being the oldest son, Esau was guaranteed to be in line to receive a great inheritance and the promise.

Esau, on the other hand, sold his birthright and even swore to Jacob when he gave up his birthright over a bowl of pottage.

The young woman argued that it was wrong of Jacob to take advantage of Esau when he was in a weakened state.

A lesson we often learn in this life is that nobody cares whether or not you are in a weakened state.  People, like predators, are always looking for an advantage.

If people do it, you better believe the great deceiver, Satan, and his minions are always looking to try and take advantage of you.

Waits until you’re at your weakest to try and attack.  Remember this: Satan tempted Jesus as seen in Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV) after Jesus had been fasting for forty days!

Always remember that God promise us a heavenly home where evil does not exist, the problems and worries of today do not exist.

God has promised us a heavenly home where we will be able to dwell in His glory for all of eternity.  While we are here in this world, God tells us that He will dwell in us and be with us at all times.

God promises to give us the desires of our heart and to supply us all of our needs.  God promises to forgive us and wash us clean of all iniquities, unrighteousness, and sin.  We should not view these promises as being unimportant.


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