Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Tale of Two Brothers Part 4 - the Final Installent

     No sooner had Jacob left his father's tent than Esau entered.  "Let my father arise and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me," he said.  Trembling with astonishment and distress, the blind old father realized that he had been deceived.  "Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me earlier to eat?" Isaac asked terrified.  Hearing his father's words, Esau cried aloud and pleaded with his father to bless him also, but alas it was too late.  What was done could not be undone.
     Esau was upset and rightly so.  He had lightly valued the blessing while it seemed within his reach, but now, desired to possess it, now that it was gone from him forever.  Esau was not shut out from the privilege of seeking God's favor by repentance, but he could find no means of recovering the birthright.  His grief did not spring from conviction of sin; he did not desire to be reconciled to God.  He sorrowed because of the results of his sin, but not for the sin itself.
     Because of his indifference to the divine blessings and requirements, Esau is called in Scripture a profane person.  He represents those who lightly value the redemption purchased for them by Christ and are ready to sacrifice their heir-ship to heaven for the perishable things of earth.  Multitudes live for the present, with no thought or care for the future.  They are selling their birthright for sensual indulgence.  Health is sacrificed, the mental faculties are enfeebled, and heaven is forfeited; and all for a mere temporary pleasure - an indulgence at once both weakening and debasing in its character.  As Esau awoke to see the folly of his rash exchange when it was too late to recover his loss, so will it be in the day of God with those who have bartered their heir-ship to heaven for selfish gratifications.