Question: What was the story of Jacob and Esau?
The bible from the book of the beginning tells us of the fascinating story of these great twins Jacob and Esau. The first ever set of twins to be recorded in the Bible, born to Isaac and Rebekah. Before their birth, it was recorded that these two children had been struggling right from their mother’s womb maybe to signify the conflict that would later arise between the both of them. These led their mother to inquire of the Lord what was going on in her womb.
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, why if it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the LORD said unto her, two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
This great prophecy from the Lord already sets the pattern to their lives. Rebekah couldn’t tell her husband, she kept it a secret in her heart as she watched her twin boys grow. It was unthinkable it must have aroused a lot of questioning in her heart, as to why the younger would be served by the elder. Never the less, she never let it out to anyone.
The way these two men grew was distinctively different. I believe Rebekah must have wondered how the prophecy would have come to pass. Because Jacob was obviously grew up to be a lazy man, hiding himself in tents and caves. But Esau was a hard man, a hunter. He grew up to be very strong that Isaac the father liked him so very much, unlike the brother who was described as a sub planter, a deceiver and the likes. And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. Genesis 25:27-28.
The very first beginning of their conflict began when one day Esau returned from his hunting trip and was terribly feeling hungry. He met his brother Jacob preparing pottage, he asked for a little portion, but Jacob refused and decided to trade his meal for his brother’s birthright. Esau in ignorance consented to the deal and that was the beginning of their strife. Jacob gave him everything and went away with the birthright. Genesis 25:29-34.
At the end of Isaac’s life, he called his first son Esau and asked him to get and prepare for him the venison that his heart so loved before he would release on him the fatherly blessing he has for him. So Esau went to carry out his father’s instruction. But as he went, Rebekah called her son Jacob and related the story to him saying, …… behold, I heard thy father spake unto Esau thy brother, saying, bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Genesis 27:6-8.
She went on to tell him what and what to do to get the blessing from the father instead of Esau. Though at first, Jacob resented at the end he agreed to the deal. He went on to get the blessing before the arrival of his brother Esau, and that marked the beginning of the conflict that has remained for many generations until this present day among their descendant. Genesis 27:9-45.