Genesis 25:29-34   Birthright for Bowl of Stew

29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary." Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright as of this day." 32 And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?" 33 Then Jacob said, "Swear to me as of this day." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”  NKJV

 

Facts revealed:

Y      Jacob and Esau both could cook as discovered here where Jacob cooked a stew that was appealing to Esau to the extent that Esau was willing to give up his birthright for a bowl of it.

 

Esau could also cook as we learn when Isaac was ready to pronounce a blessing on him and asked him to hunted game and prepared Isaac’s favorite dish.   [Genesis 27:1-4]

 

Y      So in this story it was not a matter of life or death, but just a matter of craving what he smelled and demonstrating that he did not value the birthright as worth any thing.  And the Scripture clearly states that “Esau despised his birthright.”

 

Y      This is where Esau was first called Edom.  He was red and he lusted for the red stew (lentils/beans).

 

It is also interesting that the land he chose to live in, which is today called the Land of Edom, is a land of red rock.