21 And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.
22 The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If this is right, why am I experiencing this?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your belly, and two peoples shall be divided starting from within you; the one will be stronger than the other, the older will serve the younger.”
24 When her days to give birth were completed, see, there were twins in her belly.
25 The first came out red, all his body was like a hairy coat, so they named him Esau.
26 Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.
27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was an orderly man, dwelling in tents.
28 Isaac loved Esau because of the food he brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was tired.
30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Let me wolf down some of that red stuff, because I am tired!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.)
31 And Jacob said, “Sell me the rights to your day of birth.”
32 Esau said, “I am about to die; what is this to me — a birthright?”
33 Jacob said, “Swear that it belongs to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and got up and went his way. So Esau despised his birthright. _________________________________________
Trading away destiny
Esau was not a bad man. But God knew from the beginning that his destiny would be decided by a day in which he felt too tired to fix his own meal. The LORD had told Rebekah in prayer that he would serve Jacob, so he knew about this decision. He would be the ancestor of the Edomites, enemies of God’s people. Jacob would be the ancestor of the Israelites. It all came down to one decision. That is how destiny works. What have you decided?
LORD, give us the wisdom to choose you when our destiny is at stake.
 The color of the ground – ‘admoni – like Adam.
 literally “from that red –red” (min ha-adom ha-adom).