Read Genesis 27
Focus on verse 41
In Genesis three Cain hated Abel because God blessed Abel – he was jealous so he killed his brother. It would seem that the feelings Esau has toward Jacob in this chapter, are very similar to those of Cain, as Esau plots to kill his brother as soon as his father is gone.
Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (v. 41)
One might conclude as a result that the Great Flood really did not change the nature of man or the way of the world. Add to this that Jacob and Esau are children in the line of the promise. Abraham’s grandchildren, Isaac’s children… Jacob will have twelve children by four women. He will heavily favor the children of Rachel – his favorite wife. The dysfunction continues to surface within the families of the patriarchs yet from this messed up family comes Joseph who by enduring immense suffering and mistreatment, is used by God to save not only the rest of his family, but many of the nations surrounding the Nile valley in Egypt.
The way of the world continues to be twisted – but always, in the midst of all this evil – God is at work, culminating in the arrival of Jesus, by whom the curse of sin is broken providing freedom for all humanity to experience redemption and forgiveness. The way of the world is still around us, but it has lost its power over those who find their identity in Christ.