Genesis 25:27–28, Esau vs. Jacob. There are only two types of people on this earth: Esaus and Jacobs. Please reflect on this for a moment. The evidence of this fact is illustrated by those who hung on either side of Yeshua at his crucifixion. Let’s explore this idea.
Hanging on either side of Yeshua on the cross, spiritually speaking, there was a “Jacob” and an “Esau” (Matt 24:39–41; Luke 23:39–43). One of the sinners repented and accepted Yeshua as his Savior, and was blessed for it. The other thief only mocked and scorned Yeshua and, hence, died in his sins condemned spiritually forever.
So what type of person was Esau? He was described as a cunning hunter. Nimrod was the only other person in Scripture termed “a hunter.” What kind of person would a hunter have been then compared to the typical farmer or herdsman of the day like Isaac and Jacob? Think wild, violent, uncivilized and savage versus civilized and domesticated.
We are given a clue to Esau’s character when Scripture reveals that Esau was “a man of the field.” Field in Scripture is a metaphor for the world (see Matt 13:38). Esau was a profane (unhallowed, worldly, ungodly) man (Heb 12:16). He had no esteem for things of spiritual and eternal value. That is why he sold his birthright. He lived for the moment and had no eye for, hope in, or faith toward the future. He sought instant gratification of his sensual nature. That’s why he sold his birthright for a bowl of lentils; his god was his belly and he lived for the moment, for instant gratification without thinking of the future consequences of his actions. In so doing, he disdained and dishonored his family heritage and those things that were highly esteemed by his father and grandfather.
Moreover, in Genesis 26:34–35, we see, to the great grief of his parents, that Esau married one of the local heathen Canaanite girls. He did not honor his parents or respect their wishes and marry inside of the faith.
Do these traits describe some unbelievers that you know, and even some believers or their children who have abandoned the biblical faith in which they were raised instead preferring to follow the heathen and unbiblical values of the world around them? Perhaps you were even like this before you were saved.
Truly Esau was a prodigal son, who unlike the wayward son in Yeshua’s parable, sadly, never returned to his father’s house and to the ways of righteousness.
Genesis 25:32, I am about to die. The implication here is not that Esau was about to die of hunger, but that he would die before seeing the fulfillment of the promises YHVH had made to Isaac and Abraham regarding possessing the land of Canaan. So what good would his birthright be? He would see no material gain from it in his lifetime.Continue reading