July 16, 2017
This story from Genesis is actually not a story about two brothers.
Or I should say It’s not just a story about the two brothers Jacob and Esau.
The reason that this story was told over and over again.
The reason that it became part of Scripture,
Is that it is also a story about God
and God choice between two nations:
Jacob represents the nation of Israel;
And Esau represents Edom.
(Review maps showing where Israel and Edom are.)
4000 years ago when these stories were told around the fire at night,
you can picture someone saying…
Tell us the story of how Jacob tricked Esau – how we got the best of Edom.
And then some wise old storyteller would begin…
Rebekah prayed to the Lord about the children struggling within her.
And the Lord said to her,
‘Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
one shall be stronger than the other,
the elder shall serve the younger.’
And how Israel enjoyed that story!
Who doesn’t love to hear a story about how the underdog wins.