The incomprehensible thing is that Esau agrees to this. Conclusion: God is in control of our world and our lives. Marcelo Carcach (author) from Westminster, MD on August 27, 2018: Thank-you very much. In this lab, John Piper highlights the similarities and differences between these brothers. ( Log Out / 2 0. dawn m. 1 decade ago. Esau’s whining looks just like a petulant two-year-old wanting candy before supper. 17 Comments. No, please! It reads like “bow down and lick my feet!” or “donkeys will learn to talk first” or “when pigs fly!” The “yeah, right!” ludicrous request of someone who’s. The Talmud learns that the day of Abraham’s death was the same day Esau violated a young bride and committed his first murder, in addition to other sins. No, for a start Jacob and Esau were twins, and Esau was the elder. Most likely, God loved the person we know as Esau, brother of Jacob and son of Isaac. 1) When Esau says he is about to die, is this figuratively (from hunger) or literally he thinks he is close to dying from old age? Where Esau seems gloriously wild, Jacob is… domesticated. It may more accurately read “Jacob I chose, and Esau I did not choose”. But do not make that an excuse for robbing and cheating Esau, because he is not as thoughtful as you are. This birthright that was the bargaining chip of the brothers consisted of the following: Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. – Part 2. Beginning on verse 10 of Romans 9, Paul now demonstrates that the Abrahamic Covenant is not even for all of Abraham’s descendants through Isaac, but only for those through Isaac’s son Jacob, not Esau. Esau, on the other hand, did not seem to have his heart in the right place as far as God was concerned as far as we can see. And having through deception blessed Jacob, He is now saying to Esau let me tell you he will indeed be blessed, because I did my dead level best not to bless him. He’s willing to trade something of ongoing importance (his property rights as the firstborn) and infinite value (including the promises made to Abraham that God had not fulfilled yet) for a bowl of stew. Thank you so much, I was confused about this too. Powerful teaching I have been trying to see what God was actually talking about with Jacob and Esau, Is Jacob’s Election a Sample of Unconditional Election. The second trick is far more damaging to our view of Jacob, in this case he clearly deceives his blind father by pretending to be Esav (putting on goat hair on his arms to make him feel hairy) and getting a blessing from his father. Godless liberals. Question: Why did you limit your reference in regards to Esau / Idumea / the Edomites? You’re going to get some more pocket money next week; the inheritance rights are your future. 2 Pet. Just reading the Jacob/Esau segments give me the impression that Esau got a bum rap right from the start. God’s point is that when God declared Jacob and his descendants to be the recipients of the Abrahamic Covenant, God chose to love the nation Israel. God responds, “Was not Esau Jacob's brother? But we do know that Isaac did not repent of giving the blessing to Jacob, even though Esau sought him with tears to repent. And they wept” (Genesis 33:4). 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. So many interpretations and comments pro Jacob, anti Esau lead me to be believe that within your perspective people of the earth, hunters, tend to be evil. Once again Rebecca intervenes to save her younger son from being murdered by his elder twin brother, Esau. Given the situation, that these are Abraham’s heirs in a nomadic encampment the size of a small nation, there’s no way that anyone was going to let the eldest son and presumed heir get to the point of actually starving. This word is the powerful proclamation of the King, effective in history to shape all e… The narrative portions of the Old Testament are frequently fairly opaque when it comes to levelling moral judgment against a person. Dec. 25. What did poor old Esau do to deserve that? Before quoting Malachi 1:2-3, Paul quotes Genesis 25:23, in which God states that Esau (the elder son) would serve Jacob (the younger son). This is relevant because in Romans 9 Paul is really talking about the people of Israel, not just two individuals. Inherently, he was no better than Esau, but his outlook on life—his perspective or worldview—was decidedly different. So Esau accepts the trade and it says "he despised his birthright." The election was not about personal salvation and standing before God (thus, it wasn’t the unconditional election Calvinism proposes), it was only about who would be the recipient to the Abrahamic Covenant. The plot thickens. Esau was faint with hunger because he had been very busy that day. He’s the manly man, out in the open country, a hunter, and later a leader of men, where Jacob seems like a mama’s boy, at home in the woman’s world of the tented encampment. There are several factors that indicate this statement should not be taken literally: (a) God’s rejection of Ishmael as recipient of the Abrahamic Covenant did not mean God hated Ishmael, so His rejection of Esau as the recipient of the Abrahamic Covenant should not mean that He hated Esau; (b) God did not reveal hatred for Esau to Rebekah in Genesis 25:23; (c) God protected Esau and His descendants from Israel’s attacks and hatred during the times of Moses; (d) the statement in Malachi 1:2-3 was made several hundred years after Esau was dead; (e) Malachi uses with complexity several figures of speech in its first few verses; (f) and the same passage in Malachi explains that God’s actions are actually against the nation of Edom, not Esau himself. Something to fill his stomach for a few hours. 4:47; 11:11), conveying a sense of urgency. Of course, the answer is that God did not change His mind about Esau several hundred years after Esau was dead; the issue is that in Malachi 1:2-3 God is using figurative language to get Israel’s attention. Esau sold his position of inheritance for self-indulgence...twice!! Marcelo is the pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, and the author of Biblical Prayer for Today's Believers: Transform Your Prayer Life. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Otherwise, Ishmael would have also been sentenced to Hell when God chose Isaac and not Ishmael as the recipient of the Abrahamic Covenant, but God was merciful to Ishmael.