If only he had not taken that extra rest

Genesis Bible Background

01.11.2017 – Old Testament: Gen 27.30–31

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 27–28 on January 11, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

When I was a new driver of 16 or 17 years of age, I was at a stop light, and when the light turned green, I did not go for some reason. Then a car from the right went through his red light, and my friend in the passenger seat stated that he was glad that I had hesitated. This was in the days before people started running through lights just after they have turned red. You have probably had many experiences similar in nature.

Esau had an experience where he may have wished that he had hurried a little, or not taken a break, for his father Isaac sent him out to hunt, of which Isaac would eat and then bless his son. However, Rebekah found out about it and had Jacob go in Esau’s place. Then this happened,

Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me” (Genesis 27.30–31). 

If only Esau had been a little bit earlier, he could have caught or stopped Jacob from deceiving their father. However, Esau had no idea what the future held, even as we do not. So then, should I slow down or hurry up? I can only deal with life as it comes to me.


  • Have you had an experience similar to mine?
  • How do you deal with the events of life?

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