// Read Genesis 25:23-34 //
23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[a] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[b] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[c])
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
The book of Proverbs says the lazy will not roast what they caught in a game. There are few things we need to learn from the Jacobs, the Roasters.
i. Jacob may not start big but it will survive.
ii. If you follow the system of Esau, you will eventually serve the system of Jacob.
iii. Roasting is to process the raw materials to end product.
iv. Jacob did not do much labour but had food; Esau that did much labour still begged for food.
v. Esau used physical labour but Jacob used ideas and proper planning.
How do you want to handle your life: as a Roaster or a Hunter?
PRAYER: Pray about this.