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2022/06/28 【每日拾穗】創世記 25章,34節

Gen 25:34
Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

In the ancient Hebrew culture, the first-born son would receive a double portion of the inheritance and he would carry the family name of the father.
This is still the custom in many Mideastern cultures today.

When Esau came home from the field after a day's hunting endeavor, he was thirsty and hungry.
When he saw that Jacob had made a lentil soup, he agreed to give up his first-born birthright for a bowl of the lentil soup as Jacob so cunningly made that proposal to him!

Jacob took advantage of Esau in that situation, and Esau showed disregard of his birthright.
Jacob gained the birthright from Esau, but he also earned a lifetime of distrust and hostility from his brother.
Esau gained an instant satisfaction for his hunger, but he also lived with a lifetime of regret and bitterness against his brother.

A wrong always begets a wrong ... from the party wronged and against the one who wronged other!
That's the natural law of the fallen humanity.
It would bring much hardship and pain to Jacob ... but the Lord would step in to use those hardship and pain to transform the carnal Jacob into a spiritual patriarch of the twelve tribes of Israel!

What God would do with the man Jacob demonstrates to us that our God is truly a God of miracles!

《創世記 25章,34節》
於是雅各將餅和紅豆湯給了以掃,以掃吃了喝了,便起來走了。這就是以掃輕看了他長子的名分。

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在早期希伯來文化中,長子將獲得雙倍的遺產,並繼承父親的姓氏。
如今這仍是許多中東文化的習俗。

有一天,以掃從田野回來,又渴又餓。
當他看見雅各做了一碗紅豆湯時,他想把長子的名分賣給雅各,以換取一碗紅豆湯,這一切都是因為狡猾的雅各向他提出的點子!

雅各在這種情況下利用了以掃,以掃也無視於他與生俱來的權利。
雅各從以掃那獲取了長子的名分,卻也從哥哥那換取了一生的不信任與敵意。
以掃的飢餓雖然暫時得到了滿足,卻也怨恨了弟弟一輩子。

害人總會帶來被害……被別人害或是自作自受!
這是墮落人類的自然定律。
這將帶給雅各許多困難和痛苦…… 但神要介入,用這些困苦將屬肉體的雅各轉變為以色列十二個支派的屬靈族長!

神如何在雅各身上作工改變他,向我們顯明神確實是一位行奇事的神!