November 16: God’s unique relationship with Israel

God has specific plans and purposes for every people and nation. When we understand who He is and accept His sovereignty, there is no need for jealousy.

From their conception, the twin sons of Isaac struggled in the womb. The conflict erupted when Esau traded his inheritance for a bowl of soup. Of course rather than take responsibility for his actions Esau blamed Jacob.

Genesis 25:23-34

 And the Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb,

Two peoples shall be separated from your body;

One people shall be stronger than the other,

And the older shall serve the younger.”

So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

 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. Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.  And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.

 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”

 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”

 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”

So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.


Gush Katif before the "removal" of all Jews from the Gaza Strip.
Gush Katif before the “removal” of all Jews from the Gaza Strip.

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