Why would God use such strong words? Such opposites of emotion? What is He showing us symbolically with the differences between these two brothers, Jacob and Esau? As I went to the Word, the burden on my spirit increased as I read. There is more to this than we are seeing on the surface.
We need to first seek the Lord God, and ask Him to open and enlarge our understanding that we might hear Him and learn. Many of the individuals recorded in the Word of God… lived preordained lives. Their walk and experiences are recorded as testaments and for examples that we who have come after them might learn from them… the same lessons that they lived.
Isaac and Jacob are among the patriarchs of the Old Testament. The Lord Himself said, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” One might wonder how could a man who was in such good standing with God, have a son that was seen down through the ages as a curse?
Hebrews 12:14-16 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Before these boys were even born, God spoke to Rebecca… Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
This was established by God before they had even come forth from their mother’s womb. Concerning Esau, the Bible Dictionary states, “He apparently lived only for the present. This characteristic was demonstrated when he let Jacob have his birthright for a mess of pottage because he was hungry.” (Genesis 25:30-34) In Hebrews 12:16-17 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… we see him described as a profane person. Esau exemplifies an individual who lives after the flesh… whose god is his belly.
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
Obadiah 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
The house of Esau consists of all the works of the flesh. Esau did not value his birthright until after he had given it away. He was more concerned with his immediate, physical discomfort than with his inheritance. We see from the above two verses that there are a people doomed for judgment. Plainly, that people doomed for judgment are those who walk after the flesh, rather than and in opposition to the Spirit. Jacob and Joseph both walked after God and the things of the Spirit. They both were tried and tested… and suffered injustices at the hands of others. Yet God used their troubles to benefit others.
Applying this to our lives today, I pray that God will give us understanding. God’s sword of judgment is poised to fall upon all that refuse Him. All that man has built by the strength of the flesh is going to be utterly destroyed. The fire is coming. The same fire that destroyed the stubble (Esau), shall be a refining and purifying fire to those who are walking in accordance with God’s statutes (Jacob & Joseph). We must reconcile ourselves to God, God isn’t going to reconcile to accommodate us, and the lusts of our flesh. Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
What the Lord is showing me weighs heavy, and is cause for sorrow of heart. We have a far greater responsibility than we care to acknowledge. We are content to lay claim to salvation, but then fail to walk in newness of life. Why? One reason is because our leaders tell us that all we have to do is receive salvation. Those in leadership positions worldwide, shall have a greater accountability. But as believers, we cannot hide behind them and say, “it’s there fault, they never told me.”
If we have been born again, we have indeed received the seed of God. We have the Holy Bible… and the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. We are constantly making choices throughout our lifetime. We must choose… are we going to live our life according to the dictates of our flesh… or will we be led by the Spirit of God? Who are we going to allow to reign in our hearts?
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Why did God say, “Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated?” Because Jacob walked with and was led by God, while Esau walked in the strengths and lusts of his own flesh. Our fleshly, fallen nature is unclean… and disgusting to God.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Do not deceive yourself that you can say yes to Jesus at an altar one day… and then return to walking after your own desires after that… and receive a reward in heaven from God when your life here on earth is over.
Is it possible that we could be guilty of selling our birthright, as Esau did? Could there be a moment of weakness, when we desire something in this earthly realm more than that to which we have been called to in the heavenlies? Are we guilty of compromising the Gospel of Christ?
After quickening to me the importance of understanding that which Esau represents… the Lord then impressed me to study what the Word says regarding pollution.
PollutionIsaiah 48:11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
Jeremiah 2:23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
Jeremiah 7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.
Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
Ezekiel 20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
Ezekiel 20:16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.
We see from these few examples, that God is very much concerned with how we treat the things of God. God’s response to mankind’s obedience or rebellion is recorded for our benefit, that we might know. Our generation is not the first to think it knows better than God… we are not the first to try and blend that which is flesh with that which is Holy. As if by calling it Holy, and giving it our approval, God won’t notice. We would do well to take note of how others have fared when they tried to do so. The result of polluting that which is Holy, is to be on the receiving end of God’s wrath. Even the best of intentions will utterly fail to measure up. God requires our total obedience. He plainly said, “if we despise His judgments, we shall even live by them.”
It should be a very sobering thing to realize that though we can deceive ourselves… that what we are doing is of and for God… all the time God sees into the deepest recesses of our hearts. He knows every thought we think, all of our reasoning’s and justifications. He sees when we willingly step off the path He has set before us and called us to walk.
The fall of morals in America in the past few decades is a ready example of what happens when we take God out of the equation and insert man’s ideas. We have taken God out of nearly everything… under the guise of separation of Church and State. We have disallowed corporal punishment in schools. Parents can even be arrested for spanking their children. What has been the result?… rampant loss of respect for any kind of authority; increased violence and rebellion among our youth. At the same time, in our Churches we have forsaken teaching that there is a Judgment Day… that there are eternal consequences for our conduct. It is no longer ‘popular’ to preach hellfire and brimstone. Man has removed the need for the reverential fear of the LORD, and replaced it with ‘bless me clubs.’
Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
Ezekiel 23:30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.
Could we be guilty of this? Are we so far removed from following after God with our whole heart, that we have convinced ourselves that what we are doing is pleasing to God? Are we ‘gone a-whoring after the heathen?’
Malachi 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
This is as powerful a statement today… as when God first spoke to Malachi. New Age and Humanistic philosophy’s want us to believe that everyone is inherently good… to embrace everyone. This humanism is not according to God’s Word. To believe that everyone is good, is contrary to scripture.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
God does not delight in fallen man operating under the power of the flesh and satanic forces. Of ourselves we can do no good thing. We may receive accolades and approval from other fallen men, but we will totally fail to receive approval from God. Only by our obedience to all of His Word… can we please the one Who gave Himself for us. And as for “Where is the God of judgment?”
Reading on… Malachi 3:1-3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
We cannot separate the ‘God of Love’ … from the ‘God of Judgment.’ That is what our flesh would like to do. Just love, love love… God loves everybody. This is where the New Age movement has made great strides infiltrating the hearts and minds of believers… Mixing a perverted message of love, with the Holy Word of God. The WORD tells us that we are to judge no man. We are however, to judge all things by the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14-15 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
God is the Supreme Judge. We should be concerned however, and paying close attention to our own condition… and impending judgment. We need to be cleansed within and without, that we be not consumed when He comes. Here is evidence of the mighty battle that rages between our flesh and our spirit. Esau and Jacob wrestling for supremacy. Esau is a ‘type’ of our outer man (our flesh)… while Jacob is a ‘type’ of our inner man. We have been charged to ‘walk as Christ walked… to be a light in a dark and perverse world.’ There is a vast difference between just going through life accepting and embracing everyone and everything… and being a shining light in a darkened world. Ephesians 5:8-11 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
We are to walk as children of light, letting our lives be constant proof of what is most acceptable to the LORD. We are not to have any fellowship (have no part in) fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead to let our lives be so in contrast as to expose and reprove and convict them. When we try to love from our flesh, trusting in our own judgment, we can be sucked into the cesspool of contamination. We can end up miserably wallowing in mixed doctrines… having cut ourselves off from the very source of all life and light by our own willful rebellion. (We are committing rebellion against God anytime we think our way is better).
Our humanistic, new age ideas and rationalizations are very tiresome to the Almighty. There is one way to reach God, that way being through His Son, Jesus Christ. Esau was a living example of that flesh nature which is in all of us. In their entrance into the world, first came Esau, then Jacob. Likewise, we are born into this world first in the physical realm, and then we can be birthed into the spiritual. First flesh, then spirit. Esau, exemplifying our flesh, is destined for destruction. No flesh shall glory in God’s presence. If we want to be a son of God, we can only approach our Heavenly Father having been washed in the cleansing blood of Christ. They that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Each and every one of us will be held accountable for the choices we make. No flesh shall glory in His presence…our flesh is but for the fire.
“Our God is a consuming fire!”
God knows if we despise His judgments.
God knows if we are walking in His statutes or not.
God knows if we have chosen to attach ourselves to that which is unclean.
He hears us when we say in our hearts, “I am not polluted,” or “I have not followed after idols.” All that is of the flesh is doomed for judgment… and fire. Know, that an idol is not just a carved image or statue of some sort. Anything that separates us from God… anything that we attach ourselves to that severs our free access to God. This can be wrong ideas that we cling to, unbelief, false doctrines, self-will. Idols are lifeless, futile, empty.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. As born again children of God, we are no longer what we thought we were. We are new creatures. We are no longer to walk as Esau’s… feeding on that which is pleasing to our flesh. We are called to walk as Jesus walked, by the Spirit. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”
Christ can be in us, but we are not automatically in Christ. Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We possess the hope of glory, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our salvation consists of conviction, repentance, and responding to the drawing of the Spirit… but this is just the beginning of our journey, we have by no means arrived. Now is when the Esau (our flesh) and the Jacob (Christ in us) begin struggling for LORDSHIP. Only one can reign. As we submit to all that burns up our flesh, Esau is ousted from the throne of our heart. Only then can Christ reign Supreme. This is when we become a new creature ‘in Christ.’ This is when the ‘word of reconciliation’ which Christ brought to us is fulfilled. We become reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Each one of us are responsible for putting down our own flesh… submitting our will to God’s will… believing God over our reasoning mind. There is a Jacob and Esau in all of us.
Who will win?Who will we choose to follow?
God has made the way.
Jesus paid the price.
The choice is ours.
Paul said in Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Having received Jesus and set out to follow Him… will we then be turned aside to follow another… or to walk after our own understanding?
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Remember what we read in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
That which we build upon the foundation, which is Jesus Christ, will be one of two things. We can build according to God’s Word and the quickening power of the Holy Spirit within, or we can build according the our limited understanding and natural reasoning mind. We can heap up all manner of ‘good works’ according to man’s standards, only to see them be consumed when God’s judgment comes. Or, we can cultivate a meek and lowly spirit, and walk in absolute obedience to all that God shows us, and having done all… to stand.
We must willingly reconcile ourselves to God…God is not going to change His plan for all creation just to accommodate us.
We must exercise our spiritual senses… that we may discern good from evil.
We must grow up in an intimate relationship with Jesus,
that we might recognize His voice above all the other voices.
Our will is the determining factor
Our choices and corresponding actions will determine
Whether or not we receive a reward…
Or whether we are barely saved… so as by fire.
This is certainly worthy of prayerful consideration. May our prayer be that God will pierce our hearts by His Holy Spirit, that we may have our eyes opened and receive understanding. That we may ask God to allow us to see ourselves as HE sees us. May we be clothed with HIS Righteousness, being made clean and acceptable before God by the cleansing power of Jesus saving grace… and not by the purging fires of His Judgment.
Amen Cathy Morris, 8/11/2001