Genesis 27:15 –Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.
I don’t know why it is that there, exists even within my own spirit, a kind of favoritism toward some family members and not others. Here in this story of Jacob and Esau we see that this favoritism was used by God to bring about his purposes. He was building a people to be set apart from the whole world. From the time of Noah onward God’s plan has been moving forward and is unstoppable. However, to be on the wrong side of someone’s favoritism, or, to be possessed of a jealous or possessive spirit is not what God wants for his children. Colossians 3:5 begins “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…”. This harsh sounding command is a call, an invitation to enter into a deeper, more fulfilled, inner peace with God our father. The striving for place and preference will never be satisfied as long as you consider yourself second best. If you examine yourself and find that you are guilty of “playing favorites” perhaps with children and grandchildren it may just be time to come before the Lord and ask for his forgiveness, and then do what you can to restore right relations with everyone in your family and circle of friends.