It is what it is.
When I try to over-spiritualize what happened with Jacob usurping Esau, it hurts my head.
On one hand, it was prophesied that “the older shall serve the younger” (25:23) but was it by design that Jacob do this in such a weasily, manipulative way? I don’t know. I’d rather think of it as just a statement. A foretelling. It is what it is. Could Esau have ever been The One? Maybe that’s not for us to say.
Jacob is such a stinker. Even after seeing heaven, itself, open up, he makes a stipulated promise:
“if God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God.” (28:20-21)
Wow. How big of you, Jacob. A round of applause for our glorious patriarch.
But right when I want to get super judgy, I think, “what does the LORD have to come through on for me in order that I stay committed to Him?”
All too often, people abandon God in times of personal crisis. Maybe we’ve been sold a prosperity gospel of sorts which encourages us to call in to question the goodness of God (and our allegiance to Him) whenever times get tough.
That’s what’s so profound about what Job says:
“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.” (13:15)
However, don’t miss the second part of that thought:
“Nevertheless, I will argue my ways before Him.”
It’s okay to ask questions and engage in the conflict of it all, but I think that has a lot to do with seeking to exchange a prosperity gospel for the truth.
Anyway, I will ask this question of myself today, and you are free to join me, are there any conditions on my commitment to the LORD?