Lentils and Esau’s Hunger

Buy organic lentils at Whole Foods

Buy organic lentils at Whole Foods

I never ate lentils as a kid. Lentils were something my Jewish friends ate. They seemed exotic and since it was a bean, I was sure I wouldn’t like them.  When I stopped eating so much meat, I found a friend in lentils.

A cup of lentils are full of protein, nearly equal to meat but unlike meat they are loaded with nutrients. Protein-loaded foods have the ability to make us feel full and satisfied. Lentils are high in fiber, low in sugar, with 60 grams of calcium and a negligent amount of fats. Lentils come in a variety of colors: green, brown, red, yellow, and orange which is my favorite one.

The best part about lentils is that they don’t need to be soaked before cooking.  Most beans need at least a few hours soaking to get rid of the gasses. This means you can decide at the last minute to have lentils for dinner. Spread them out on a paper towel and look throughly through uncooked lentils for bits of debris and then rinse. Cover the beans with water. You can use broth or coconut milk instead and whatever spices you like, and simmer for about 30 minutes. They can get soft and mushy enough to use an immersion mixer for a very creamy and delicious soup.  The Whole Foods website has more information on lentils with a list of recipes.

Jacob, that clever younger brother of Esau the hairy one in the Bible, served his older brother a bowl of lentils in exchange for his birthright.  The story tells us that Esau was hungry enough to agree but the flip side of this statement is that Esau must not have thought very highly of his birthright nor did he believe his brother could just take it from him. The story also reveals that God is in control because even though Esau was older, God favored Jacob.

Our love for God is a great gift. What a blessing it is to wake every morning and spend time with Him and to fall sleep each night with our dreams held fast in His arms. He blesses us with a magnificent creation that reveals his majesty every day. Though our world is falling apart around us and evil can clearly be seen with each edition of the news, we hunger for His presence and have faith that God is sovereign.

The promise of Jesus belongs to every one of us and is this: through His sacrifice we are forgiven of our sins and can draw close to Him. This act of Christ is our most precious gift and the more we value it, the more we draw close to God. Unlike my Jewish friends, Christians have no birthright, in fact, we have no right at all to expect any inheritance into the everlasting kingdom of God, rather we have Jesus and through our faith in Him in what he did and what he said, we are called God’s very own children.

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:8-9



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