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Misjudging Jacob

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The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Genesis 25:27

Jacob and Esau were twins, but not identical twins. Esau’s “whole body was like a hairy garment” (Genesis 25:25) whereas Jacob was smooth skinned (27:11). Their temperaments were also different: Esau was loud, emotional, and impetuous; Jacob was quiet, thoughtful, and restrained.

Some men however, note that Esau was, as the NLT puts it, “an outdoorsman” (Genesis 25:27), while Jacob, his mother’s favorite, hung around the tents and learned to cook. They therefore get the idea that Esau was a muscular he-man, and Jacob a slender wimp, a mama’s boy. But there’s more to the picture.

According to the Bible, Jacob was also a powerfully muscled man: “When Jacob saw Rachel…and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep” (Genesis 29:10). This required exceptional strength, because “the stone over the mouth of the well was large” (v.2)

Too often, men have set opinions about people before they’ve even met them, simply because of what others say about them. And, as we have seen with Jacob, if they leave out key pieces of information, you can get a skewed picture. Don’t be quick to form an opinion or pass judgment on someone. “Judge nothing before the appointed time” (1 Corinthians 4:5)