Two very different brothers

Genesis Bible Background

01.10.2017 – Old Testament: Gen 25.27–28

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 25–26 on January 10, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Esau and Jacob shared the same birthdate, but they did not share in much else, for they lived two very different lives,

So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob (Genesis 25.27–28). 

One loved the outdoors and the other loved indoors. One parent loved one son, and the other parent loved the other son. This led to an intense rivalry, but later all things worked out, because the sons realized they were brothers and overcame their past difficulties.


  • Have you been able to reconcile with people after many years have passed?
  • If so, what did you do?
  • If not, what barrier is in the way?

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