Genesis 25:19-34 “The Gift”

Esau was given a divine gift in being the firstborn of the family. Unfortunately, his lesser pursuits gained his total devotion. In this way, Esau despised his birthright. Jacob, on the other, desperately wanted this gift for himself. What he didn’t realize is that even his desire for it was because God has already called him to it. In the end, the birthright isn’t what mattered most. Instead, it was the desire of one’s heart and what one pursues that matters most. Jacob had always been chosen by God. Esau too was blessed by God. It would take a long time for both of them to realize this. The question is, what are we doing with this “Gift” of life that God has given us? What is it we are pursuing? In what do we find our identity?