Genesis 25:24-26 records the birth of Esau and Jacob, the twin boys of Isaac and Rebekah. Esau, the firstborn is described of his external appearance as a hairy red child while until later we don’t learn that Jacob, the secondborn was relatively not quite as hirsute. However, in this account, interestingly, it is mentioned that Esau’s brother was named Jacob as he grabbed on to the heel of his brother as he was being born. Jacob means a supplanter or one who follows on another’s heel.
If we were to look at this account with a non-judgmental perspective, we learn that Jacob grabbed on to his brother’s heel. In later accounts, we also learn that Jacob grabbed on to (wrestled with) God and would not let go until he was blessed (Genesis 32:25-32).
Points to ponder:
Can we follow on to the heels of Christ Jesus, grabbing on to God and never letting go, seeking his blessings? Can we also be a Jacob?
Genesis 25:24-26 (KJV)
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.