Esaw (Esau) is a lesson in carelessness. More importantly how many of us as individuals exhibit the kind of attitude Esaw had in whatever endeavour we find ourselves in? Esaw was older than Yaaqob (both were twins) and in a time of hunger gave over the rights of the first born to Yaaqob (Jacob). To Esaw it was just an insignificant position till when the blessing of Yitsḥaq (Isaac) was given over to his younger – now older – brother.

 

Gen 25:29-34 And Yaaqoḇ cooked a stew, and Ěsaw came in from the field, and he was weary.

And Ěsaw said to Yaaqoḇ, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” That is why his name was called Eḏom.

But Yaaqoḇ said, “Sell me your birthright today.”

And Ěsaw said, “Look, I am going to die, so why should I have birthright?”

Then Yaaqoḇ said, “Swear to me today.” And he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Yaʽaqoḇ.

Yaaqoḇ then gave Ěsaw bread and stew of lentils. And he ate and drank, and rose up and left. Thus Ěsaw despised his birthright.

 

Gen 27:36-38 And Ěsaw said, “Was his name, then, called Yaaqoḇ? For he has caught me by the heel these two times. He took my birthright, and see, now he has taken my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”

Then Yitshaq answered and said to Ěsaw, “See, I have made him your master, and all his brothers I have given to him as servants. And I have sustained him with grain and wine. And what, then, shall I do for you, my son?”

And Ěsaw said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me, me too, O my father!” And Ěsaw lifted up his voice and wept.  

 

 

Sadly, when Esaw wanted the rights of his birth he found it long was gone. Enjoy the weekend and don’t lose what rightfully is yours.

 

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