After Rebekah agrees to be Isaac's wife, the story moves to Abraham children with his wife Keturah whom he married after Sarah's death (Chapter 23) and then Abraham's death (25:1-11). The focus of Genesis moves to the last major story of Jacob and his son Joseph. While brotherly conflict is implied between Isaac and Ishmael, the story of Jacob begins with a struggle between him and his brother Esau before they are even born. While this struggle avoids open conflict, it will again manifest in the sons of Jacob to seemly detrimental consequences. Like his father, Isaac and Rebekah had trouble having children and when she did conceive is was difficult. Rather than complaining, however, Rebekah prayed to the Lord for advice. Rebekah's actions toward Jacob should be viewed within the context of this advice. Before Rebekah helped Jacob fool Isaac, however, Esau had already given up his birthright. Esau was more concerned about immediate gratification of the flesh than about his covenantal inheritance. It is important to remember that the inheritance is not just Isaac's property but the covenant God made with Abraham which promised land and blessings. Esau was turning his back on this offer and in doing so fulfilled the advice given to Rebekah.
Genesis 25:32 Esau asked, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?"
Have you ever encounter someone who has exchanged "short term gain for a long term loss"?
When has your immediate needs blinded you to the bigger picture?
What keeps you for living only for today?
If our birthright is heaven, what tempts us with earthly needs now?