Jacob’s life – Day 7
Hello everyone, today is the 7th day we are talking about Jacob’s life, and today, it’s Esau’s turn. Let’s see what happens:
“Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.” And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau. Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed. ”When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” (Gn.27 :30-36)
Day 7 – Esau’s intention
Unfortunately, Esau lost his chance, but this didn’t happen at that moment, it had already been inside of him. Since the beginning he didn’t care much for this blessing. Since he was a strong man, a hunter, and was praised by his father, Isaac, who he knew preferred him because he was the eldest, it made him feel secure and at ease.
When someone receives approval before men and remains confident in this approval, they trust in him or herself instead of seeking this trust that comes from God.
Esau had despised his birthright when he sold it to his brother, because of his hunger. If you notice, at the time, he lost his chance because he didn’t see it as something important.
It wasn’t because God didn’t give him the opportunity, or the fact that he did everything he was supposed to by bringing the game that would guarantee this blessing.
Even though Jacob went out to get the flock and was helped by mother he received the blessing. But, Esau, even though he went out to the field, he was not accepted.
Because Esau’s intentions weren’t good, he was only interested in his father’s inheritance, in other words the physical aspect of the blessing.
Since Esau was the breadwinner, he felt sure about himself, and he saw the blessing as a solution, as something only material.
That’s why he thought if he sold his birthright, it wouldn’t have any consequences. But it did, indeed…
And today? How can we take this message into our own lives?
Why do I want to become the very blessing? It is for other people to submit to me, or so I can be praised by the Pastor, or be honored by my family, co-workers, because of the victories I have received, etc.
Is it for this reason, for the physical things, to receive approval, or because you really need something you haven’t yet received?
Jacob knew he wasn’t “strong” and that he needed that blessing. Esau, on the other hand, thought to have strength, and therefore despised it.
What is your intention? Is it to be honored, or do you want God to be glorified through you?
See what your intentions are because this will be presented along with your sacrifice. If you have ulterior motives, your sacrifice will not be complete because you will only be doing the physical aspect and not the Spiritual aspect. The Spiritual aspect demand you to surrender yourself and be flexible in order to allow God to work inside of you, which will inevitably be reflected on the outside.
I would like you, my friend, to understand, and evaluate the choices you have made, and what your determination has been … Has it all been to glorify God or yourself?
Think about it and I will be back tomorrow.