Esau was hungry. The hunt consumed all reserves and his brain bowed to his stomach. In that moment he cared more for Jacob’s stew than for Isaac’s blessing.
Thus Esau is forever remembered in the Scripture as a stupid, brutish man. He lived by his passions and acted without forethought. He valued the wrong things, married the wrong women, and acted for all the wrong reasons. His brother was a con man, but Esau was a fool. His appetites devoured all reason and, in the rush of passion, he cared only for the here and now. He sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage, despising his little brother with every bite.
Years would pass; surely Jacob would forget Esau’s empty words … but Jacob didn’t forget and Esau lost his father’s choice blessing. For Esau, all values were relative to his desires. He found out too late that some values in life are absolute. Jacob’s swindlers stew goes down in the annals of time as the consummate bad deal.
When desires are screaming, we would do well to remember that instant gratification makes the rich man a debtor.