2013-05-22 - What Would Esau Say?
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:34 KJV)
Hunger can make a man do peculiar things. I had just come home from a long day of hunting and was hungry and tired. My brother Jacob was cooking stew, and I asked for some. Jacob took my question for food more seriously than I expected. Jacob said I could have some food, in exchange for my birthright.
Why was Jacob playing these games? Didn't he see how exhausted I was? Did he think I would seriously trade my birthright for a bowl of stew? My priority, at the time, was feeding my hunger pangs, not protecting my birthright. If I did not get some food quickly, there would be no reason for my birthright!
I gave my vow and ate all the food I wanted. When I was full, I left the room, never giving the oath a second thought, which was a mistake on my part. Unfortunately, I did lose my rights of being the eldest son. I underestimated my younger brother, and didn't give much merit to the promise I made before Jacob and God.
Lord, Don't let me take people or situations for granted. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.