"Identity & Appetite" - Genesis 25:27-34 (What is Your Name?)

This week we will continue to follow the twin boys, Jacob and Esau, as they grow up and find their own niche in the family. Esau, the skillful hunter garners the love of his father, Isaac. While Jacob, the quiet younger brother remains in the tents and is loved by his mother, Rebekah. Out of this divided family comes a painful lesson of identity and appetite. In a moment of desperation, Esau sells his birthright to his younger brother for a bowl of red stew. This story, which spirals quickly out of control, provides us with a glimpse into an all-too-common pattern: identity confusion with breeds a momentary lapse of misplaced desire which becomes a lifetime legacy of regret. Our appetites and identity need redemption.