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Jacob and Esau

Genesis 25:21-23, “And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife,
because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and
Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together
within her; and she said, 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.” Jacob and
Esau were representative of two types of people. These men were
opposite and contrary to one another in their very natures. One
sought the flesh and the other the Spirit. Esau was first born and
as such had the birthright to the promises of God (Gen 25:25).
God had promised their grandfather Abraham that He would make
a mighty nation out of his descendants and bless them greatly.
This promise was passed down to Isaac and would have passed to
Esau. Genesis 25:29-34, “And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came
from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed
me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint:
therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this
day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to
die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said,
Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his
birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of
lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way:
thus Esau despised his birthright.” Esau clearly sought the things
of the flesh. Esau had complete disregard for the precious
promise of God and was willing to trade it for a momentary fleshly
comfort. Esau’s casual approach in sacrificing the promise of God
for something trivial (one meal) showed his love of self and
hatred toward God and the Lord’s purposes. Most people seek self
everyday with little regard for God in their lives. Romans 8:7-8,
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they
that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Those who seek the flesh
are given over to a reprobate mind (degenerate, good-for-
nothing-eternal, abandoned in sin, lost to virtue or grace, impure,
rejected of God, Rm 1:28-32). Jacob on the other hand realized
the value of the promise of God and denied the flesh (his meal)
for a future hope that was yet to be realized (faith). Jacob
sacrificed self for God. Romans 8:5, “For they that are after the
flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Esau was after the things of the
flesh and Jacob was after the promise. Romans 9:8, “That is,
They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the
children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for
the seed.” Esau was rejected of God. He represented those who
are in rebellion to God through the devil’s lie. The devil told man
in Eden that he could transgress the will of God and seek his flesh
(be as gods, Gen 3:5) and not die (ye shall surely not die, Gen
3:4). Most men will seek the things of the flesh and thereby
transgress the will of God. This is the great damnation; just doing
“your” thing everyday rather than being yielded to God and led of
His Spirit daily (Rm 8:14, Gal 5:18). Jacob sought God’s promises
(reconciliation to God) through faith. Faith bypasses the flesh and
is the strength of the Spirit. God’s promises cannot be seen, felt
or controlled by the flesh, but are realized through belief,
submission, patience and obedience. The flesh through lusts (food
in this case) seeks its will instantly (now). The flesh wants
immediate satisfaction – it wants to rule (ye shall be as gods).
Most men are submitted to and obedient to the flesh rather than
God. We must not let sin reign in us by obeying the lusts thereof
(Rm 6:12). Faith through the Spirit reaches beyond the flesh and
surrenders to God’s will (Gal 3:14, 5:5). Faith will deny the flesh
in obeying God’s will. We must yield ourselves unto God through
righteousness (Rm 6:13). Esau and Jacob struggled even in the
womb. The two natures struggle even now (Ps 37:32). Galatians
4:29, “But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted
him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Proverbs
29:27, “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that
is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.” The flesh and
the Spirit are opposed to one another. Galatians 5:16-17, “This I
say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so
that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” God will not be
approached through the flesh, only through faith (Heb 11:6).
Romans 9:13, “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have
I hated.” We must beware: Hebrews 12:16-17, “Lest there be any
fornicator, or profane (irreverent, disrespectful, wicked,
sacrilegious) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his
birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have
inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Most will
seek the flesh in this life and then repent and cry before the
throne of God where they will have no place. God knows who are
His (Jn 10:3, 14, 27, 2 Tim 2:19). Romans 8:12-14, “Therefore,
brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many
as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”