And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:…
Had the birthright been something to eat, Esau would not have sold it. What an exhibition of human nature! What an exposure of our childish folly and the infatuation of appetite! For Esau has company in his fall. We are all stricken by his shame. We are conscious that if God had made provision for the flesh we should have listened to Him more readily. "But what will this birthright profit us?" We do not see the good it does: were it something to keep us from disease, to give us long unsated days of pleasure, to bring us the fruits of labour without the weariness of it, to make money for us, where is the man who would not value it — where is the man who would lightly give it up? But because it is only the favour of God that is offered, His endless love, His holiness made ours. this we will imperil or resign for every idle desire, for every lust that bids us serve it a little longer.
(M. Dods, D. D)
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