By: Ely Lagajino
The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. John 12:48 (ESV)
Suppose in a track and field race using a wire for the finish line connected to a live electric ground, if Esau touches the wire first and Jacob is holding part of Esau’s body it would be declared a tie.
At the birth of the twins, Esau the eldest son came out a few seconds ahead of his brother Jacob who was holding Esau’s heel when they were born. It could be declared a tie but if the basis would be whoever received the strongest ground Jacob would be the winner.
In those days, the older son of Abraham’s descendants enjoyed a special blessing called the birthright. When the father dies, he would be the next leader and priest in the family. He received twice the wealth of inheritance and God’s special blessing as the descendant of the coming Savior of the world Jesus Christ. (PP p.173).
The birthright inheritor must have faith in God and devote his life to His service. He must obey the law as the basis of the covenant to Abraham and consult the will of God in marriage, and his public life. Isaac oriented his sons about the true meaning of the birthright. He declared that Esau as the eldest would receive it. But Esau hated the requirements that accompanied the spiritual birthright (PP p. 173). He even violated one of the conditions by marrying two daughters of Heth, worshipers of the false God. (PP p.176) This was against his parents’ advice.
As the twins grew, Rebekah was convinced that Jacob was fit for the divine promise. She remembered the angel’s declaration based on God’s foreknowledge of knowing beforehand that the birthright must fall on Jacob. (Acts 2:23, l- Peter 1:2). But Rebekah and Jacob forgot God’s leading, instead, they did it their way. Because of this Rebekah never saw her favorite son again until her death.