If you caught my recent blog titled ‘UNAWARE’ you would know I’ve been studying Jacob – for me he is the quintessential everyday Joe or Jacob as the story goes, with a touch of Hollywood. He is messed up, angry but measured, he has a job he doesn’t necessarily like but he will do it for a girl. He has family issues and runs from his problems while living a life of planet Hollywood… do you know what I mean? The stories are so real that you just can’t believe them!
But its Jacob’s brother Esau that’s captured my attention as I write this blog. In Genesis twenty-five we catch the beginning; Jacob is a modern-day Joe cooking stew and Esau is the typical alpha male hunting the meat, Esau is GI Joe.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country famished. 30 He said, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished.” 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
First, let’s move past the fact that no self-respecting GI Joe would ever use the word famished. We can pass that off to the short falls of the English language.
The reality is that Esau is feeling han-gry – a state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in your emotional state.
And here’s the question: how much does a bowl of soup cost? If it’s your birth right you’re probably paying too much!
The reality is this; we often pay a high price for a cheap thrill. Too many times we give away what we should really keep.
Two verses come to mind when I consider Esau’s exchange, Matthew 16:26 and Hebrews 2:3 – what do I get for gaining the world if I lose my soul? And how can I neglect so great a salvation?
It’s a fight for sure – a battle, and it’s hard, but our spiritual inheritance is worth holding onto – and even when soup is great, can it really be that good?