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Esau sold out long before Jacob suckered him out of his birthright. Do we really think it was an isolated momentary decision? I don’t think it was.

Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:29-34 ESV)

Taking foreign wives

When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah. (Genesis 26:34-35 ESV)

Esau knew how his parents came to be married. He knew that Grandpa’s (Abraham) trusted friend and servant had traveled a few hundred miles to find a wife for Dad (Isaac). He rejects this legacy in taking a foreign wife.

Rejecting his birthright meant rejecting his father

Esau despised his birthright before the stew and before he took the foreign wives. These instances likely just demonstrate where his heart was. Selling out is a slide not a mere doorway. I think Esau wanted to be his own man. He didn’t need his father. He wasn’t riding anyone’s coattails. He was ultimately rejecting his father. He was despising his father’s dreams for him, his dad’s love, and ultimately his father’s God.

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. (Hebrews 12:15-17 ESV)

Esau did make peace with Jacob and seem to throw off the anger but he never regained what he threw away. He tries to take “less foreign” wives but at that point is merely trying to appease and get it all back by religious works. Thank God we live in light of Christ, who redeems us and intercedes for us as a perfect brother, but let us not forget the lesson of Esau: Embrace your Father, trust Him, let Him lead you and bless you. Ultimately, you will find your true self in Him not on your own.

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. (Romans 6:20-21 ESV)

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