Any fool can reject truth, good, and blessings - unfortunately most do.
It is a devastating thing, when someone has two options placed before them: a beautiful beneficial one, and a devastating destructive one. And they elect to choose the latter of the two.
To see a young person nominate for the path of sinfulness is heart-wrenching. It makes you begin to question, “what could have been” and “if only”? Unfortunately, I have people who’s lives have crossed my path who made such decisions. There was such potential for good, such opportunity; but instead the easy unprofitable way was chosen.
When witnessing someone life crumble before my very eyes, I start to wonder: “what could I have done differently?” “Is there something I should have done or said?” Although we can have an drastic impact on people’s life, it is good to remember that ultimately the decision is theirs and theirs alone. As the old adage goes, “you made your bed, now lie in it.”
One such example is Esau. Some cringe at the later passages of Scripture where it says, “Esau have I hated.” (Romans 9:13, Malachi 1:3, Hebrews 12:16). But we have a perfect example before us why Esau was rejected.
Birthrights were very important. We today in the West would have a hard time understanding the ramifications of Esau’s decision to reject his. A birthright was the right to carry the name, linage, and wealth of the family. It was usually given to the firstborn, and only passed down to younger siblings in extreme circumstances. We know that Abraham was extremely blessed of God in regard to his wealth. Isaac inherited all his father’s wealth, herds, servants, and more. Since that time, Isaac has only increased his status (just read Genesis 26:12). Esau was due this inheritance to carry on the “family”.
At birth, God declares that Esau is not the one who will be the family name bearer or one to carry the birthright. God pronounces that the elder will serve the younger. This simply shows God’s omniscience, that He is all knowing, and that He knew the character of Esau even at his birth.
This character shines brightly as the twins get older. Esau is “faint” from being in the field. Jacob has lunch going, beans and cornbread (the southern equivalent at least of the Biblical lentils and bread). Esau thinks so highly of his families name and responsibility to carry it,
that he sells it to his brother for one meal! If that doesn't in itself show the rejection of God by Esau, I don’t know what does. Esau’s later actions would further reveal that he not only didn't want to bear the name, but would actively seek to dismember it. One such action is found even at the end of Chapter 26, when Esau marries two women, both from Hittites.
We live in a time when personal accountability is something unrecognized and unaccepted. The idea that somebody else made me do it, and is responsible for my actions seems to prevail. When presented with two options: good or bad, many choose bad and suffer the consequences. What is even more sad is when people take the most important decision of life - God or remain in sin, and choose sin.
Today choose to live for God in every decision you make. You have a choice to do right or wrong today… so choose right.
Daily Scripture Reading
Genesis 25 - 26
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.”