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In The Bible Story, How Did Jacob Steal Esau's Birthright?

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According to Genesis, Jacob and Esau were two sons of the patriarch Isaac. Jacob was beardless, a "smooth man" and his mother's favourite. Esau, the elder, was a "hairy man" and a hunter.

One day Esau went out hunting all day and came home ravenously hungry. Jacob had prepared a savoury meal, which Esau longed to eat. Jacob agreed to let him, in exchange for his birthright (the elder son's privilege.) Esau was so hungry that he agreed.

Much later, Isaac was old, blind and dying. He asked Esau to go and kill a deer to make him a last, good meal; and he would give Esau his blessing and ownership of all his property. Isaac's wife Rebecca overheard, and plotted to get the blessing for Jacob instead. While Esau was out hunting, she killed and cooked a kid, and used its skin to make Jacob a false beard and hair. Then Jacob took the dish to his father, and when Isaac touched him he believed Jacob was Esau. He gave him the blessing and the inheritance; when Esau came home it was too late.
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Gen 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.  :31And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  :32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: And what profit shall this birthright do to me?  :33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: And he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
        From Gen 25:33 we can see that by his own free will, Esau sold Jacob his birthright.  We can have influences upon our choices from other people, from the evil spirit, from the Holy Spirit, but whatever influences we have, the final decision is ours.
Ex 10:7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: Knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
:20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
        From Ex 10:7 we can see that Pharaoh knew that he, and his country, could not withstand the Hand of God, but he thought himself to be a god.  That maybe he could fight against the Almighty One, and in Ex 10:20 when Pharaoh received influence from the Holy Spirit, Pharaoh still, with Egypt close to ruin, tried to fight against God.  But it was Pharaoh’s own free will that he chose again not to let Israel go.
Rom 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
:14 What shall we say then?  Is there unrighteousness with God?  God forbid.  :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.
        From Rom 9:12 we see that Holy Almighty God, in His Blessed Unlimited Good Wisdom, has chosen to bless Jacob, but to deny Esau the same blessings.  And in :15 it appears to us that God will simply have mercy and compassion on whomsoever He will.
        But, when we accept that our Holy Father God Almighty has All Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding and does only what is good and righteous for His creation (that He lets us enjoy), then we begin to see why the Holy Spirit God Almighty would influence Esau to have no respect for his birthright.
Gen 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;  And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, that my soul may bless thee before I die.
:30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
        And once Esau sold his birthright we can begin to understand why the Holy Spirit would not let Esau (who would marry a non-Israelite women) go back on his promise to Jacob, and the inheritance was given from Issac to Jacob, as it says in Gen 27:30
        So Jacob didn’t steal Esau’s birthright, it was God’s plan that Jacob continue the seed line from Abraham to our Holy Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thank you Holy Father God Almighty for giving us our Daily Bread, Your Holy Living Word, Your Holy Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Savior
And increase our wisdom and understanding as we seek Your Wisdom, Your Righteousness, Your Ways through our Daily Bread, the Only Way to You, Holy Father God Almighty.In the name of Jesus Christ the Lord
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He asked Esau to go and kill a deer to make him a last, good meal; and he would give Esau his blessing and ownership of all his property. Rebecca overheard, and plotted to get the blessing for Jacob instead. While Esau was out hunting, she killed and cooked a kid, and used its skin
to make Jacob a false beard and hair. Then Jacob took the dish to his father, and when Isaac touched him he believed Jacob was Esau. He gave him the blessing and the inheritance; when Esau came home it was too late.

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