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52 Weeks Discussion > Week 2, Day 4 thoughts - Genesis 25-27 Observation about Esau

I read through the story of Jacob and Esau, and every time I do, I am struck by how much Esau's actions are so typical of most the people in the world today. Esau was a very short-sighted man. All he cared about seemed to be the immediate gratification of needs. We see this in his lack of concern about his birthright (25:29-34), as his hunger seemed more pressing to him at the time. He so casually gave up his birthright for a bowl of stew. That is about as short-sighted as one could be. But it really is a great picture of most of mankind.

Mankind is pretty much the same way. Most people don't look ahead to eternity; they're concerned about this life and getting what they want out of it without every really thinking about what lays ahead for them in eternity. There are others that actually think about the future from time to time, but again, they always think that there will be time for that later. The "immediate" is what controls them, and therefore they don't take the corrective action necessary to remedy their plight. How sad!

March 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPastor Ken

When reading today in the 52 Weeks study, I was interested in what Trotter (2019) had to say about Isaac and Ishmael. "God continuously finds ways in the Old Testament to point us to the fact that He rejects the first birth (that which is born of the flesh - John 3:6a) and accepts the second birth (that which is born of the spirit - John 3:6b)" (p. 19). We continue to see a pattern of God rejecting the first-born in the pictures of: God rejecting Cain and accepting Able (Genesis 4), He rejected Ismael and accepted Isaac, He rejected Esau and accepted Jacob (Romans 9:8-13), and finally He rejected Ephraim and accepted Manasseh (Genesis 48).

Additionally, to add to the picture of Isaac being a picture of the Spirit and Ismael being a picture of the flesh is further supported in Galatians 4:22-23 where it states, "For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise" (KJV). Additionally, Galatians 4:28-29 state, "Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now" (KJV).

Ishmael (the flesh) also battles Isaac (the Spirit) in Genesis 21:9, the same way, our flesh and Spirit are continually battling. The flesh does not want to obey God or submit to God (Romans 8:7). There is a constant struggle between the flesh and the spirit (Galatians 5:16-26).

March 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJamie F.

Likewise, I found the reference to the first birth and the second birth being of interest. While I am not unfamiliar with these pictures, for some reason the author (or maybe it was the actual Author) got it into my little pea brain a bit gooder. We tend to overlook the many applications of Scripture, and having an awareness of all the juicy little tidbits hidden within the pages makes it more fun to go hunting for 'em!

March 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHillbilly

I agree with the posts before. I had never but together as one picture the rejections of the first born. God reminds us of his points over and over. More and more I realize how much wisdom in the Bible is missed unless we study the scriptures. But, here too that is what God has told us to do.

March 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane