Jacob didn’t receive the birthright, the opportunity to lead God’s people because he was handsome, smart, and smooth-skinned, where his brother was ugly, hairy, and dumb. ...Nor did Jacob receive the birthright because he was the virtuous one and his brother was a moral midget. This was a game both of them lost.
Jacob received the birthright because he knew what to do with it, and his brother didn’t. Jacob received the birthright because he could see God’s vision for the future of his people.