Hebrews 11:20, “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.”
Isaac had two sons: Jacob and Esau. These twins had a special relationship from birth until death. Each boy was special in the sight of God. Each boy had a chance to know God more. One boy became a man and then became part of the lineage of Christ. The other boy would be another nation apart from God.
These twins fought to get out of the womb first. The child that came out first would receive the birthright and the share of the property and possessions of their father. This child was Esau. He came out as a hairy little baby, which is what Esau meant. The next baby was Jacob, whose name meant “heel holder.” So Esau won in regards to having the birthright.
The other matter at hand was the blessing. The best blessing went to the firstborn. After that other blessings were handed out but none were as good as the first blessing. The first blessing should have also went to Esau. Being the firstborn had its privileges and advantages.
Then, along came a hungry Esau who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup (Genesis 25:29-34). This hunger was what Esau gave into and gave up everything he held dear. Next Esau was out hunting and Jacob pretended to be Esau and got the blessing before Esau could get it. Jacob stole both the birthright and main blessing from the rightful owner of Esau. Esau did receive the other blessing (Genesis 27:1-40).
God decided that each son should receive a blessing but Esau, because of his disobedience, lost his birthright and main blessing. He was destined to have a life of violence and servitude to his younger brother. God chose Jacob, not Esau. God had a plan, despite which child came out first.
Jacob would later go on to have a name change like his grandfather Abraham. He would become Israel. He would become the start of the nation of Israel that is known to this day. Israel has had its share of blessings and tragedies over the years since the birth of Jacob. This is all part of the plan that God has for the nation that started with the decision between Jacob and Esau. The hairy one and the heel holder.
Thank You, Lord, for Jacob and Esau. Thank You for the lessons that we can learn from both of them. We know that we should follow You, no matter the cost. You sent Your Son to die for our sins. There is nothing that we can do or say that will ever repay this. We accept this blessing that You have given us and all the of the other blessings that You shower on us daily. All that we have is because of You. Thank You.
In Your name we pray,