"And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob."
(Genesis 25:33 KJV)
In the Bible, Our Awesome God had Moses write that Jacob was a son of Isaac and Rebekah, a grandson of Abraham and Sarah, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons and at least one daughter by his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and by their female slaves Bilhah and Zilpah. The sons named in Genesis became the twelve tribes of Israel with God's help.
God is Awesome so He knew that Jacob took advantage of the weakness of his brother, Esau (Genesis 25:29-34). Ordinarily one would expect a brother to be more than happy to give aid, but in this case, that help would come at a terrible price. The birthright carried the exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the first-born. Esau, in a moment of carelessness and craving, gave up something very valuable, his birthright.
Over 500 years later, Our Awesome God would say, "Thou shalt not covet..." (Exodus 20:17 KJV), but we sadly still do many similar things today. We want what our brother has. This transaction of Jacob shows the greedy, selfish spirit that Jacob had. Read Genesis 25:22-34 and then Genesis 27 to Exodus 1:8.
Our Awesome God wants us to learn from this story of Jacob. It is a valuable lesson for our lives today. Instead of taking advantage of others, we are to receive and support the weak. God wants us to learn that we don't take advantage of others just because we can. Our love for God and others requires us to do things for their good and not our own. When God places a story in His Holy Bible, it is there for several purposes, so read it carefully.
It is a purpose of Our Awesome God that we use our time here on earth to overcome our tendency to be like Jacob, who showed a greedy, deceitful spirit, and to follow Jesus Christ's example of love for our neighbors as ourselves. In all of Jacob's 147 years, (Genesis 47:28) he never fully overcame his self-centeredness but he never lost his faith in God. (Genesis 28:21) And it may take us Our Awesome God a lifetime to become true children of God. But think of what we will gain; God's love and care, a purpose for our lives on earth and in eternity, knowledge of how and why we should do things, the wisdom to do it God's way and the peace of living with God and loving Him.
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Flo & Bill