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Esau despised his birthright. In order to understand this, first we need to understand what it means in this context to "despise" and also what the birthright was. What was a birthright? An abundance of sources will tell you that in the Ancient Near East context, the birthright goes to the eldest son. All sons receive a "portion" of the inheritance of ...


Esau was a physical man, not a spiritual one. In Genesis alone you will see Edom's (Esau's) nature as a primarily fleshly person -- not spiritual. Symbolically, he was... He was born with a reddish color, very hairy, and had a beastly disposition. As Jesus would later say, "Don't throw your pearls before swine..." and "do not throw what is holy to ...

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