The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Rebekah conceives, and Jacob and Esau struggle in her womb—The Lord reveals their destiny to Rebekah—Esau sells his birthright for a mess of pottage.
29 ¶And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30 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.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 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.
34 ¶And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
Rebekah guides Jacob in seeking blessings—Jacob is blessed to have dominion and rule over peoples and nations
BIBLICAL PARENT REBEKAH RESCUES THE SACRED BIRTHRIGHT FROM DESTRUCTION. Surely Esau’s parents Isaac and Rebekah sorrowed together over the years as Esau violated holy covenants and despised the cherished birthright by selling it to Jacob for a hot meal of pottage. As parents do, Rebekah must have spent sleepless nights worrying about her son’s behavior. At length Isaac—blind, aged, and dying—prepared to extend the birthright blessing to the eldest son, as was the tradition.
To Rebekah, a moment of decision had come, for the Lord had told her that the younger son Jacob was to be the birthright son. Rebekah was willing to take full responsibility for ensuring that her revelation from God was fulfilled. Her actions have rendered centuries of debate. Nevertheless, even after Isaac discovered that he had blessed the younger son, he still ratified the blessing. And lest we judge Rebekah too harshly, she did rescue the sacred birthright from destruction, and generations of her posterity were blessed because of it.
Now compare our heritage of liberty to the “birthright” of American families. As parents and grandparents, we also have agonized over the spiritual welfare of our sons and daughters. Are they losing their heritage? If so, who is taking it, and what can be done about the pottage replacing it? You and I today, like Rebekah of old, are also faced with a soul-threatening crisis of the rising generation.
Freedom of Religion taken from America
In 1963, a handful of men in black issued a decree from their elite court, banishing God and the Bible from the schools. With Him went the Ten Commandments and their corresponding moral absolutes. And Truth.
How can we restore what has been lost, especially for our children? Quite simply, we need to put God back in the center of our lives. It is God who holds the key to our happiness. That key is found in His infinite love.
Children and youth can sink their roots deep at home, where the dinner talk parable is a way of life. As they are trained by daily example to repent, and hold fast every day to the word of God, they are building on the rock, finding an anchor to their soul.
Copyright © 2015 by Christine Davidson