I couldn’t help but see the similarities, or parallel theme, in Gen 28 between Esau losing his birthright to Jacob and what’s going on today between the Palestinians and Israel. After all, they are the same players. The Edomites are modern-day Palestinians and Jacob is Israel.
After Jacob flees and returns to live in the land with his brother Esau, he sends gifts because he is afraid of retaliation. He knows Esau wants to kill him so he is hoping to make peace with him. And when he meets him, Esau gives him a kiss which has the appearance of reconciliation but we know it was a false reconciliation. And Jacob knew this which is why he did not stay with Esau.
The Palestinians also want to kill Israel. Israel parcels out their land as gifts in the hopes of establishing peace exactly the same way that Jacob parceled out his possessions. The Palestinians make peace agreements but are not sincere and do not honor them – the same way Esau gave Jacob a false and deceptive kiss.
So is there a moral to this story or a practical application? Not exactly but it does give us a clearer picture on what’s happening today based on the past. That this is not anything new and that this battle has been going on long before the Hatfields and the McCoy’s. This battle is historical and yet, it is a current event and it won’t be finished until Messiah comes.