I am blessed to have twins in my family. Two of my three brothers are twins and two of our five grandchildren are twins. Fortunately our grandkids who are the twins are a different gender and they simply complement each other extremely well. My two brothers who share the same birth date also work together on the same farm! This presents many challenges for them but they have a unique ability to know what is happening and what needs to be done without much discussion. They have different gifts and strengths and in an odd way they seem to allow the other to get on with the task that they are good at. In football, one played creatively at centre half forward and the other was the reliable full back. However, life is not easy for them and they need to work on their relationship in a different way to most of us.
However, each one of us need to learn to work with those in our community, even if we are very different. Twins, Esau and Jacob, were vastly different and didn’t seem to work well together. Sadly, problems arose because of selfish motives and unhelpful prejudices from their parents, Isaac and Rebekah. Read Genesis Chapters 25 through to 28, it’s fascinating reading.
When the boys grew up, Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman, but Jacob was a quiet man who stayed at home. Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field exhausted. He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, because I’m exhausted.” That is why he was also named Edom.
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”“Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?” Genesis 25:27-32, HCSB.
I am reminded of what God wants for all of us, simply, “Love one another”.