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Religious Meaning of the Birthright Story Genesis Ch 2527-34 As the boys grew up Esau became a skillful hunter a man who lived in the open whereas Jacob was a simple man who kept to his tents Isaac preferred Esau because he was fond of game but Rebekah preferred Jacob Once when Jacob was cooking a stew Esau came in from the open famished He said to Jacob Let me gulp down some of that red stuff Im starving That is why he was called Edom But Jacob replied First give me your birthright in exchange for it Look Esau said Im on the point of dying what good will any birthright do me But Jacob insisted Swear to me first So he sold Jacob his birthright under oath Jacob then gave him some bread and the lentil stew and Esau cared little for his birthright This Old Testament story holds significant meaning for all of us There is the obvious conflict within the family of two brothers who are very different personality types parents who show partiality toward each of their favorite sons and the way that God allows events to happen as He relates to each of the characters involved Exploring both the surface story and the deeper implications it has as it relates to our own lives we can hopefully derive some deeper meaning which God working through the author intends On the surface we see a story of rivalry that is typical even in modern times yet we can also look to some valuable truths that are revealed about how God sees our personal motives and actions through the characters of Jacob and Esau Gaining an understanding of the characters their motives and the overall big picture of Gods plan we can better find some spiritual lessons of our own life Jacob was the third link in Gods plan of the patriarchs In Gn 2523 the Lord tells Jacobs mother
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