Now, the name Jacob, this is the interesting, in the Hebrew, means “supplanter”. It means cheater. And this guy did that. Jacob was at home cooking this big ol’ pot of beans. And Esau had the mantle of the birthright. He was the first born, he had it going on. And his nostrils began to flare, as he smelled those beans… How many people in here like beans? Man I love me some beans. Oh I love beans. Beans. Ya, I love ‘em! So, he smelled those beans, probably beans and rice, rice and beans, maybe a little bit of plentils, and he got closer and closer. And his boy Jacob was making this big honkin’ pot of beans. Ed Young Jr.
Esau goes, “I want some beans. I love me some beans.”
You know what Jacob said, “Oh, you can have the beans. You can have a big ol’ piping hot bowl of beans, if you’ll trade me your birthright, your anointing, your blessing for the beans. You’re the oldest, I’m the youngest.”
Again, Jacob, cheater, supplanter, he said, “Uh, come on, man. Just give me your birthright!”
A weak moment. I mean we’re talking about something big here. Your birthright? A weak moment! Sixteen-pound test. As strong as Esau was, he was only as strong as this weak moment.
And we’re going to find out something. We’re defined, so often, by our weakest moment. If you don’t believe me, ask the governor of South Carolina – Governor Sanford. If you don’t believe me, ask about Michael Jackson and some of the things that he did personally. As great as Michael was, as musically gifted and as creative as he was – he was the best! But when you see these documentaries about him, they always go back to what? Those weak moments.
So, we’re defined and refined and we can be confined by our weak moment.
And you can feel the tension. You can feel the tenor. You’re like, “Man, Esau – don’t give away your birthright! Just because your nostrils are flaring. Don’t give away your birthright for some plantains and some rice and beans. Don’t do it!”
He did. He did. He did it. He gave it to Jacob. And Jacob was thinking, “What an idiot!”
And here’s Esau chowing down. He’s like a bunch of sharks. His eyes rolling back in his head – and it’s a feeding frenzy.
We’re only as strong as our weakest moment. We’re only as strong as our weakest moment. Isn’t it interesting? Yeah, we’ve got strength, we’ve got ability, we’ve got giftedness on one hand. But on the other, all of us have those weak areas. And the enemy knows – I’ll say it again, those weak areas.