Bereshit / Genesis 25:29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he
was famished; 25:30 and Esau said to Jacob, ‘Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.’
Therefore his name was called Edom. 25:31 But Jacob said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ 25:32 Esau
said, ‘Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me? (NASB) Our reading this
week from the Triennial Cycle (Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-26:22) we discover that
Esau despised his birthright (25:34) and Yaakov (Jacob) deceptively purchased
Esau’s birthright with one bowl of soup. Have you ever wondered why Esau despised his birthright? The
birthright is a particular right of possession or privilege that a person has from birth and especially as an eldest son.
In the patriarchal society of sefer Bereshit, the birthright was of very great importance, it is without a doubt that Yitzchak
(Isaac) made it known to his children their birthright and the covenant that he had made with God, and yet Esau despised the
birthright as the first born son.
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