This sermon discusses the lives of two brothers — Esau and Jacob, sons of Isaac and Rebekah. They were twins. They impacted humanity — in fact, today’s problems in the Middle East and in the Western world can only be fully understood when we appreciate what happened in the lives of these two brothers thousands of years ago. Jacob had been preordained to be called by God and to receive the birthright. His wrong choices, however, and his refusal to respond to God’s calling earlier in his life caused many problems for him and others. At the same time, Esau’s conduct serves as a perpetual warning for us not to take our calling lightly.