Dysfunctional families date back to the beginning of time. The first dispute among brothers that we read about is Cain and Abel. Fast forward and now we have Jacob and Esau – twin brothers who are as different as night and day. Esau was an outdoorsman, a skilled hunter, while Jacob preferred to stay close to home. Esau was the first born of the two.
In Biblical times, the birthright was a special privilege given to the eldest son. With the death of the father, the eldest son would assume his authority and responsibilities. He was also awarded twice the inheritance that the other sons would receive. The birthright was a big deal. It seems hard to believe that Esau could be so careless as to let it go for a bowl of stew.
I love that the Bible is full of stories of real people. People who make huge messes and then have to go back and clean them up. People who overreact or don’t react enough. People who make mistakes and sometimes learn from them and sometimes hide them. People just like me.
As we continue in our reading we will learn more about Jacob and how God used him. I find huge hope in the fact that I don’t have to be perfect to be used by God. I just need to be willing.
Kim Feld Director of Small Group Ministry