Esau: The Son Who Couldn’t Win

Artwork for Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives: Rediscovering Some Old Testament Characters

Tucked away in numerous folds of the Old Testament are stories that have held the attention of Bible readers for centuries. Some intrigue us, and others encourage us. There are stories of heroism and incredible accomplishments along with stories of disappointment, sadness, and tragedy. If ever a book contained a human-interest emphasis, it’s the Bible. This series uncovers some of those stories, including this one about a young man who seemed born to lose. Though a twin, he was quite the opposite of his younger brother and ultimately became the heartache of the family. Ripped off by his brother and rejected by his family, he couldn’t win, no matter how hard he tried. As we shall soon discover, the Bible pulls no punches. And you may find several places in this story where you can identify with Esau, “the son who couldn’t win.”