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Two Men - Two Different Purposes
by Brian Price 10/14/2012

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"19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:

20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob." - Genesis 25:19-28

Here we read in the book of Genesis chapter 25 about the birth of the two patriarchs of the nation of Israel, and the nation of Edom. Jacob, whose name later was changed to Israel became the father of the Jews. And Esau, whose name later became Edom, became the father of the Edomites, who are the present day Palestinians.

We see here in scripture that Jacob and Esau were born twins, which means they loooked very much alike.

Verse 24 says, "And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb."

So notice that they were perhaps very similar in appearance, but in reality, they were two very different men.

Verse 27 says, "And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents."

I imagine that Esau was the kind of guy that loved to be outdoors. He was perhaps a very likeable person with a very likeable personality. He loved the outdoors, loved to hunt, loved to fish, loved to get out and do things.

Jacob on the other hand was a very plain man. He probably didn't go out much. He didn't like to get his hands dirty. Perhaps he really wasn't the most likeable person according to his days standards because he wasn't a manly kind of man.

So we know that though Jacob and Esau were twins, and very similiar in appearance, they were two very different people, hence why God said in verse 23, "Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."

For some reason, it pleased God to choose Jacob's children to be the rulers over their brothers, the children of Esau. Instead of God choosing the more cunning, the more likeable, the more manly brother Esau, God chose the weaker, less likeable, less intelligent brother Jacob.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29,

"26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence."

God does not choose people based upon how they look, or how they act, or by what kind of job they possess. Instead, God looks upon the foolish things of the world, and the things which are despised, and the things which are poor, and chooses them to be used in mighty ways, so that no flesh can boast in his presence.

You know, when I look at the story of Jacob and Esau, I am reminded of two other men who parallel this story. John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that Esau was a hairy man like a hairy garment. John the Baptist also was known to be a hairy man. We know that John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. And there's a story in the Old Testament, in 2 Kings chapter 1, that when King Ahaziah asked his messengers, "What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?" that their reply was, "He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins."

Matthew chapter 3 says of John the Baptist that, "...the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey."

And then when we read about Jacob, and how he was a plain man, we see that the Lord Jesus was also a plain man.

Isaiah chapter 53 says, "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."

I think about how the Catholic Church and many other churches, how they've painted many pictures of Jesus being this lovely and handsome man who gave life at the cross. But that's not the picture that the Bible paints. The Bible says that he has no comeliness, and that he has no beauty that we should desire him. Jesus was a very plain man. There was nothing special about him in his physical appearance. He was just like any one of his people.

But there was something special about Jesus, that made him different from his Esau brothers, the other Jews. He was lowly. And he was meek. He was gentle, and he was love. He loved those he preached to, and he gave his life for his sheep.

Jesus was the precious Son of God.

And let me ask you a question my friend. If Jacob and Esau were here today, which would you be impressed with? The one who is physically attractive, and likeable? Or the other who has a heart of gold, and who loves God?

You know, we should look beyond the surface.

When it comes to matters of salvation, no handsome man can save us. This world doesn't need a politician. It needs a humble Saviour named Jesus. Jesus never went to the cross with a suit and tie. He went to the cross with a cloak. The Bible says they parted his raiment and cast lots for his clothes. Jesus had no beauty. He was a very plain man. Have you received Jesus? Have you believed in him for salvation? If not, please make sure you do that today. Believe in him for salvation. Receive him as your Lord and Saviour today.

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