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A Lesson In Missing Grace
Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 4: Results - Day 3
“SEE TO IT THAT NO ONE MISSES THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THAT NO BITTER ROOT GROWS UP TO CAUSE TROUBLE AND DEFILE MANY.” —HEBREWS 12:15
The young man raced toward his family’s dwelling. His hands were slick with sweat and blood from the animal he had hunted all afternoon. He quickly skinned it, cleaned it, and refueled the cooking fire near the tent. “This will all be worth it,” he thought, “when I am a rich and free man.” He hurriedly sliced a piece of meat from the tender part near the flank. His father had long since lost his ability to eat straight from the bone.
He strode across camp. He saw a set of eyes peer out from his mother’s tent, but when he glanced over, the flap was quickly replaced. He ducked his head into his father’s sleeping area. The smell of age and illness assaulted his nostrils, so he breathed deeply over his freshly-caught game. “Father!” Esau greeted.
“Sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” His father looked up through eyes that had long grown dim. “Who....are you?” he said. Esau hunched down, eager to receive the verbal affirmation of his inheritance and rich life to come. “I am your son...your firstborn, Esau.”
Isaac, Esau’s father, began to tremble violently. “Then who did I just bless? He brought me tasty game and I blessed him, and indeed he will be blessed!” Esau burst out with a loud cry, “Me father! What about me? Bless me!” Esau’s bitter weeping filled the air.
Those in the camp were reminded of another time when Esau’s loud and angry voice proclaimed his hatred toward his brother Jacob. That time, Esau foolishly offered his inheritance to his younger brother Jacob, all for a bowl of stew. This time, Jacob had outright deceived his father for the best blessing, reserved for the firstborn son. Now no amount of bitter weeping or anger could change what had been decreed.
Many generations later, the writer of the book of Hebrews describes what happened with Esau. “See to it that no one misses the grace of God...and that no one 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.” (Heb. 12:15-17)
Why is Esau rejected, a man in God’s “chosen people”? Why does the wicked king of Assyria get a second chance? Let’s look today and see if we can discover how we can be people who seek God and receive his grace.
Turn to Genesis 25:29-34.
What did Esau trade his birthright for?
A birthright would be the right of the firstborn son to receive ...
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