G E N E S I S
In this chapter we return to the typical story of
the struggle between Esau and Jacob. Esau had profanely sold the
birthright to Jacob; but Esau hopes he shall be never the poorer,
nor Jacob the richer, for that bargain, while he preserves his
interest in his father's affections, and so secures the blessing.
Here therefore we find how he was justly punished for his contempt
of the birthright (of which he foolishly deprived himself) with the
loss of the blessing, of which Jacob fraudulently deprives him.
Thus this story is explained, Heb.
xii. 16, 17, "Because he sold the birthright, when he
would have inherited the blessing he was rejected." For those that
make light of the name and profession of religion, and throw them
away for a trifle, thereby forfeit the powers and privileges of it.
We have here, I. Isaac's purpose to entail the blessing upon Esau,
ver. 1-5. II. Rebekah's
plot to procure it for Jacob, ver.
6-17. III. Jacob's successful management of the plot,
and his obtaining the blessing, ver. 18-29. IV. Esau's resentment of this,
in which, 1. His great importunity with his father to obtain a
blessing, ver. 30-40. 2.
His great enmity to his brother for defrauding him of the first
blessing, ver. 41,