Torah Portion 6 Tol'dot
Gen.25:26 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.
- Yahweh sowed a seed in Rebekah concerning the two sons she was to have.
Gen.25:21-23 And Isaac intreated Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren: and Yahweh was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of Yahweh. 25:23 And Yahweh 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.
- The greater will serve the younger.
- This indicates not just Esau's status an elder son but that he has greater power than Jacob and yet still will ultimately be Jacob's servant.
- This prophecy is often forgotten when people criticize the deception Rebecca inflicts on Issac in favor of Jacob.
- Yahweh though has already prophesied that Jacob will rule over Esau.
Rom.9:11-16 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of Elohim according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with Elohim? Certainly not. 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of Elohim that sheweth mercy.
Mal.1:2 I have loved you, saith Yahweh. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith Yahweh: yet I loved Jacob.
- Take a look at Obadiah and you will discover why Yahweh was less-favored with him.
- Verse 3 - proud heart.
- Verse 10 - Violence to Ya'akov.
- Verse 11 - not helping Ya'akov when he was under attack.
- Verse 12 - displaying arrogance toward his brother.
- Verse 13 - participating in the ransacking of the city.
- Verse 14 - ambushing the fugitives.
- Esau not only sold his birthright for a cup of soup, but he was genuinely bad and his descendants were those referred to in Malachi.
- In the same passage we see how mankind in its arrogance, always believes it can go against the Power and Will of Yahweh.
Mal. 1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith Yahweh of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom Yahweh hath indignation for ever.
- Ask yourselves this question. WHO ALL in the world today is polluting the Word of Yah?
- Although we are not outright told in Genesis that Yahweh would hate Esav "from the beginning," he obviously did, as was clarified for us in today's Haftarah portions in Malachi 1.
- As we can see in today's parashah, there was major rivalry between Esav and Ya'akov, featuring plenty of scheming and deceit!
Gen. 25:24-34 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 25:26 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. 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. 25:29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 25:33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.