We were driving to a wedding Friday morning so naturally we started talking about Jacob and Esau.
As you recall, Jacob dressed up like his brother to fool old, blind Isaac into giving him the blessings that Isaac wanted to give to Esau.
Well, I said, the Old Testament can be unedifying.
But the lovely One had been thinking. She said the story was a lot like the story of Israel and the Gentiles. Gentiles get the blessings by feigning to be Israel. Israel can forfeit the blessings by taking them for granted.
A very Book of Mormon take, I said.
We talked about Christ. He is the firstborn, like Esau, and all the blessings and the birthright are his. We get those blessings and that birthright by feigning to be Christ, doing his works and taking his name.
The difference is God isnâ€™t fooled. And Christ doesnâ€™t lose his birthright and blessingsâ€”on the contrary his glory and inheritance is actually the greater because of it.
Christ redeems and perfects the story of Jacob and Esau.