Scarcity is when resources are limited and people must allocate their resources according to the results they want. When we compare Esau and Jacob their economic choices differ enormously. Genesis 26 clearly illustrates Esau’s focus on the Kingships of his clan whereas Genesis 33-35 show Jacob’s investment into his personal relationship with God and Rachel. Their economic choices may be understood as examples of macro vs. microeconomics.
Edom is Esau’s line of descendants that are not Israelites. In other words, Esau gave up on God and focused his energy on creating His own power-line of rulers. It is evident that the tradition Esau established for his descendants was to be a succession of kings. He must have been extremely upset at having sold his birthright to Jacob and had decided to prove himself to all that he was still the best and deserving son of his father Issac’s lineage.
“These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned:” Genesis 36:31 NIV
Whether he was considered an Israelite or not, Esau did produce results with his efforts. He created his own line of kingship separate from God, and it was called Edom. Edom was an achievement that went beyond Esau’s personal daily life and eventual death. His kingdom was an economic concept over a large amount of people space and time: macroeconomics. However great Esau’s achievements were, they had all faded from societal relevance by the time Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob ruled Egypt as the Pharaoh’s right hand man.
Jacob was the predecessor of Joseph who was the legal guardian of Jesus. God decided to work through Jacob in the covenant He had made with Abraham. In the three generations of Abraham Issac and Jacob, the provision of faithful servant-hood was established between God and man.
“God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.’ So he named him Israel.” Genesis 35:10 NIV
As the Master of Israel, God worked personally within Jacob’s love life and lineage that eventually brought forth Adam’s resurrected form: Jesus. Jacob had been established as Israel according to dreams and words that he had received from God. Likewise, Joseph experienced God’s presence and words to guide Israel into the New Testament Age with Jesus’s fulfillment of Judaic prophesy and law. (Matthew 1:23, 2:18, 2:23) These men did work as God’s humble servants and son who wrought achievements that were personal specific and profoundly micro economic.
Although without planning or foresight, Jacob’s actions of faith throughout his life resulted in Joseph ruling Egypt and eventually Moses leading the Jewish people to freedom. Joseph’s faithful and personal protection of Jesus led to the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven in spirit. Eventually, Jesus returned in Sun Myung Moon to accomplish the reversal of physical sin. (Matthew 11:14) Mankind now enters the Kingship realm of God through Jesus that the Kingdom of Heaven may exist on earth. Laws of deduction reveal that God’s micro economic works of faith always develop into astronomically macroeconomic power.
– Somiya Chapman Gabb
May 3, 2019
“Economics and Economic Decisions” Economics. Virginia Department of Education, 2012. Apple Books Edition
NIV-DKV Parallel Bible. Genesis 36, Matthew 2. Durano Ministry, Seoul Korea 2017