So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” “Take that thine is, and go they way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee…
Isaac was Abraham’s child of promise. According to Galatians 3:29, those who are of the faith are counted as Abrahams’s seed. However, Ishmael was firstborn by a bondwoman. Even though he was first born and was circumcised, he did not get the birthright blessing.
Esau, like Ishmael, was born first and did not possess the birthright, Jacob did, and we know him as Israel.
Both brothers had spats, just like most brothers do. Not getting the birthright is a doozy, though. They both went many years without seeing their rival sibling. Again, both Esau and Jacob, as well as Ishmael and Isaac, lost their father. Each of them met again with their sibling, and it seems like they reconciled. Did Isaac know Ishmael almost died when he was sent away when he was weaned? (Genesis 21) Did Ishmael know that Abraham nearly slew his brother as a sacrifice? (Genesis 22) Did they share these stories?
“And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him (Abraham) in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre…” (Genesis 25:9) Did they perhaps reconcile?
Jacob feared for his life after taking his brother’s birthright and doesn’t see him for years (Genesis 27). Then they meet in Genesis 33:4, and Esau and Jacob embrace. In Genesis 35:29, we find Esau and Jacob burying Issac, their father.
“And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a savior, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land…” (Isaiah 19:20-24)
We see the first will be last. Could it be like Esau and Ishmael? The end-time revival being poured out on the unexpected, the unworthy? As I read in Deuteronomy 9, God repeats three verses in a row; they (Israel) would possess Canaan’s land, not because of their righteousness, but because of the inhabitants’ wickedness. God will pour out of his spirit on all flesh, not because of our righteousness, but because the land needs a savior. His last action on the cross was to forgive a man that lived a life of sin and could do nothing for God other than to display his mercy.
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound…” (Romans 5:20)
Http://bib.ly/ Genesis 21-22
Http://bib.ly/ Genesis 27
Http://bib.ly/ Deuteronomy 9:4-6