Genesis 25:23 records the declaration of the Lord, to Rebekah, about her twins – Esau and Jacob. This is what the Lord says, that they will be two manners of people. We learn from later accounts in the book of Genesis, that Esau was a man who was willing to let go of even his birthright to gratify his hunger, while Jacob would even go to the lengths of wrestling with God and would not let go, unless he was blessed by God. This resulted in Jacob becoming infirm physically. These were clearly two manners of people, even though they were brothers.
Points to ponder:
Esau was a man who was willing to give up his spiritual blessings (birthright as the firstborn) to satisfy his physical hunger. Jacob was a man who was unwilling to give up his spiritual blessing even at the cost of physical harm. One gratified the flesh and grieved the Spirit. The other gratified the Spirit and grieved the flesh.
What manner of people are you? Gratifying physical wants or gaining spiritual needs – what manner of people are you?
Genesis 25:23 (KJV)
23 And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.