Jacob & Esau

11th January 2018

This week I have been reading the book of Genesis. This is the first book in the Bible and is the account of ‘creation’. It is also the beginning of humanity told specifically through the lenses of the formation of the Jewish nation. In chapter 25 we read of the birth of twins, Jacob and Esau, whose parents were Isaac (son of Abraham) and Rebekah...

When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. The boys grew up, and Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents.
Genesis 25:24-27 The NIV Bible

The Bible goes into some detail to point out that these twins were very different! Esau was red and hairy and grew up as an outdoor type, who loved hunting. On the other hand Jacob was more an indoor type, content hanging around the tents (i.e. stay at home). Some translations say that Jacob was a quite person. I love the fact that these two brothers were so different. One is not better than the other as they are both ‘made in God’s image’. They are radically different and that should be recognised and celebrated! Remember, God has made you in a certain way...so celebrate your uniqueness!

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

Town Centre Community Church

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