Friday, July 14, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Esau's Despair

Friday July 14

Bible Reading:     Gen. 27: 30 - 40
Topic:                  Esau's Despair

In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews said, "See that no one is sexually immoral or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears." (Heb. 12: 16 - 17)

There is clearly a link between Esau's birthright that he sold and the blessing that he missed later in life.

Even when his father realized that he hath blessed Jacob "by mistake", one would have thought that he would regret what he did, but he said "I have blessed him . . . . .  yes, and he shall be blessed." (Gen. 27: 32)

Words of blessing cannot be withdrawn. Jacob remained blessed and Esau in despair cried bitter tears.

Esau's experience shows that previous life decisions and actions can come back to haunt us. Having spurned his birthright, he lost the blessings that went with that birthright also.

As Christians we must stay focused in our commitment to God and not blame God or satan for consequences of wrong decisions and actions

Heavenly Father, I dedicate myself afresh to You today. Help me to be serious with You so that I will not run out of grace, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 27: 36
"And he (Esau) said is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times; he took away my birthright; and behold now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou (Isaac) not reserved a blessing for me?."

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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