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Chariots of Fire (9 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
Isaac and Rebecca had two boys, Esau and Jacob, and
they were as unlike as two boys often are, though
children of the same father and of the same mother,
and brought up in the same home and environment. Isaac
loved Esau, although he knew that the promises
centered about Jacob; whereas Rebecca loved Jacob.
Jacob was of a meditative cast of mind, spending his
time about the home and with his mother; Esau was a
rough, bluff, hearty sort of fellow, fond of outdoor
sports and exercises, and a mighty hunter.
This particular day Esau had been out over the hills
on a hunting expedition. He had been pursuing the
swift antelope, the roebuck, and the stag. Now, with
his trophies thrown over his shoulder, he was
returning from the hunt, coming faint and weary and
hungry into the encampment of his father, Isaac. When
he was still a little distance from the camp, his
nostrils caught the odor of the pottage which Jacob
was cooking. Smelling the savory pottage, Esau said to
his brother Jacob, "Feed me, I pray thee, with that
same red pottage; for I am faint!"
The crafty Jacob saw his opportunity to take advantage
of the greed and hunger of his brother. He told him
that he would give him to eat of the pottage upon
condition that Esau sold him his birthright. But just
now Esau was not thinking about the birthright or his
future. All that he wanted just now was to satisfy his
hunger with the pottage which Jacob was cooking. "What
profit," he said, "shall this birthright do to me?"
Who cares anything about that, or the future? I am
about to die with hunger. Take the birthright, if you
want it, only let me have the pottage, and let me have
it now! So he swore to Jacob, and then Jacob gave him
the pottage. "And he did eat and. drink, and rose up,
and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright."
This incident in the life of ...
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