By: Ely Lagajino
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2 (ESV)
The double portion of the inheritance, captivated Esau’s interest on the birthright. However, he had no love for commitment to religious life. He regarded the law of God as a burden. (PP p. 173) All he wanted was to be free as he pleased, without any restriction. Joining in hunting competition, partying and feasting became his way of life.
In contrast, Jacob’s interest centered on the spiritual privileges of the birthright, he learned from his mother the angel’s word that the blessing was for him. (PP p.173, 174) But his heart had not been divinely cleansed by God’s grace. He believed that as long as Esau retained the firstborn’s rights, the fulfillment of the promise will never happen. He devised a strategy to secure the blessing which his brother “held so lightly, but which was “precious to himself.” (PP p.174)
One day Esau came home hungry, and he saw that Jacob cooked red beans. He asked for a bowl of beans. Jacob told Esau he could have some food if he sold his birthright to him. Being hungry, Esau sold his right to Jacob with an oath; that closed the deal for just a bowl of stew.
It was not right for Jacob to deal cleverly with his brother in need. But it was a shame on Esau giving no importance for his birthright and God’s blessing. Anyway, he wouldn’t die for not eating boiled red mongo beans without salt.