The contrast between Esau and Jacob is illustrated in this section of the Bible. Both are 77 years old. Esau took wives from the Canaanites. Jacob remained unmarried. Isaac instructed Jacob to flee to Haran until his brother’s anger subsided. Also, Jacob was instructed not to take a wife from the daughters of Canaan but instead go to the homeland and take a wife from there. Jacob complied with his parents’ wishes. Esau took another wife, this time from the line of Ishmael, to further irritate his parents. This helps explain why we read, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” (Romans 9:13b).
On Friday, July 14, Moslem terrorists struck on the Temple Mount, killing two Israeli policemen and injuring another before being killed themselves. This incident serves to focus our attention on the real spiritual-based conflict centered around Israel. While Israelis grieve for those who lost their lives, Moslems are celebrating their martyrs. These terrorists will be celebrated as most honored defenders of Islam because they perished in the effort to drive out what they see as Israel’s occupation of their “holy”site. [Read more…]