30As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, his brother Esau came in from his hunting. 31He also prepared savory food, and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father sit up and eat of his son’s game, so that you may bless me.” 32His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your firstborn son, Esau.” 33Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? —yes, and blessed he shall be!” 34When Esau heard his father’s words, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, me also, father!” 35But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.” 36Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright; and look, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37Isaac answered Esau, “I have already made him your lord, and I have given him all his brothers as servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?” 38Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, father? Bless me, me also, father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39Then his father Isaac answered him: “See, away from the fatness of the earth shall your home be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. 40By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you break loose, you shall break his yoke from your neck.” 41Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (Genesis 27:30-41, NRSV)
Has anyone ever taken something that was yours?
How does that make you feel? I remember in college my roommates and I as were moving out of the house we were living in had stored somethings in the frat house of some of my roommates, and while our stuff was there, someone stole a nice wooden cd case I had and about 50 CDs. I never saw those disks or that case again and it really made me mad because it seems as if it was one of the frat brothers who did this. I was upset. Not upset enough to kill as Esau was.
You see the reading tells us that Esau was so mad with Jacob because he had stolen his birthright and then his blessing, that after the time for mourning his father was over he was going to kill his brother. Now Isaac is still alive when Esau says this. He is mad. But Jacob had done some pretty bad things, making Esau give him his birthright for a bowl of stew, and lying to their father to steal Esau’s blessing.
What would you have done if you were Esau?
Is Esau right for how he feels?
What should we do to people who wrong us?