We’re familiar with the story of Jacob and Esau, when Esau returned from a venture of hunting food and so hungry sold his birthright to his younger brother, simply for a pot of beans.
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Hebrews 12:16, 17
“Though he sought it carefully, with tears.” He, Esau, recognized for that one time, that one moment to satisfy a craving, an urge, he lost out on the greatest benefit of his life, what he was entitled to have, his birthright and the blessing which results.
Now, regarding Jacob using food, on two occasions in order to get what he wanted is a story for another day; however, I’d like to take the time to examine Esau because he actually represents many of us. How much are we giving up, what we are entitled to have, simply over a pot of foolishness!
Heaven is assuredly ours. We are ENTITLED to it. Think about this for a moment. Everything you have heard: pearly gates, streets of gold, mansions, a tree and river of life, angels playing music, this big ol’ table with all sorts of food and even Jesus inviting us and serving us, is ALL OURS! Yours and mine. Now, ain’t that something! To be honest with you, I cannot NOT imagine being there. I want to be there. I NEED to be there. I don’t want to miss anything about it. Yet, I could! Yet, you could and all for what? A pot of beans like Esau!
How many of you sell yourselves out—daily, if not frequently each week over, and easily, over something stupid? How about that movie, book, woman, man, vehicle, food, drink, game, child? Yes, even children. How many times have you’ve given into your child’s plea, or grandchild’s plea for something you know they should not have, but you’re not able to resist their tempting cry? You give in to their desires teaching them what you’re not able to teach yourself, restraint. So, yes, many of us will miss out of that “good life” over something we will wish we hadn’t fallen for.
How many of us will be beholding that thing, cherishing it tenderly when we look up and see the bottom of the feet of those who are being taken to that joyful place? How many of us will look at what was so important then and see it is not so important now, which was what we wanted to have in the place of the Kingdom? How do you think Esau felt about that pot of beans when his father told him, “Sorry, I cannot help you.”
How many of you want to hear your heavenly Father say, “I cannot help you?”
Over a pot of beans!
July 13, 2017