The Tramp Preacher shares the story of Esau and Jacob from the Book of Genesis.
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Genesis 33:9. "And Esau said, I have enough my brother, keep that thou hast unto thy Self".
Just one scene overstressed on which we base our opinion of Esau. You know one fly spoils the meal. In your study of the brothers Esau and Jacob from the Book of Genesis I am sure you will find Esau a most loveable fellow. The glory of Jacob was not so by nature but by the grace of God. In contrast to Jacob, Esau was a natural born gentleman. He ranks with Joseph in not holding a grudge.
Let us look at the general background of his character. He lived in the open, a very daring man. He pitted his strength and skill against wild beasts. He surely lived a hazardous life. Jacob was in constant fear of him.
When we consider his character we find him simple, happy and good natured. He believed everybody to be honest and never suspecting evil in his fellow men. He never suspected hidden traps or meanings. It was on this generous and unsuspicious trait that Jacob counted.
Let us note some of his engaging qualities. Without his loyalty this Hebrew house would have been in disgrace. Although he was disappointed he would hold his hand while his father lived, but in twenty years this quality was crowned with wonderful forgiveness. He had a sense of humor. When his brother wanted to meet him and talk things over. Esau sent word to Jacob, "I will meet him with 400 men". This caused Jacob to sweat blood for a couple weeks and this was to be Jacob's only punishment. (Esau could only do it at a distance).
Jacob prepared to meet his brother and sent his servants ahead with 400 of his best cattle. Then when they were presented to Esau he uttered the words of the text "I have enough, keep these for yourself". I would that all of us could have such a spirit.
The only damaging scene in his life was the red pottage. When you consider a hungry man you may understand the situation. Esau could have twisted Jacob like putty in his hands and have taken the meal. It was a law that the birth-right could not be bartered so another trick had to be resorted to.
Esau was a gentleman but he was not serious enough to carry the deep message of Grace to a needy world.