Esau, did you know?

The struggle started from the very beginning — your brother came out grabbing your heels.

Esau, did you know that you were part of a plan that would span generations?

Did you know that God was working out a plan to save mankind and you were at the very center of it? —

Until you looked to heaven and swore by the Almighty God that you had given away your birthright… for a bowl of pottage.

What was heaven supposed to do at this point?

No sir, it wasn’t a predestinated event —

It wasn’t God who orchestrated this; it wasn’t God who moved you to sell your birthright….

The All-knowing God looked to the future and saw that this day would come. He saw that you would despise your birthright and willingly give up your place in this grand plan of salvation that He was working out.

As a result, the blessing was passed on to your brother — the one to whom you had given your place in this grand plan.

Again, it wasn’t God who moved your mother to help your brother deceive your father….

There’s just this thing called “sowing and reaping”, “actions and consequences”…. And sometimes, it’s just not that easy to tell how far-reaching this whole thing can get.

For you, when that very crucial time came, you sought for a blessing with tears — any blessing would do — even if it was just the leftover….

“…Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father….” (Genesis 27:38)

Your mistake despite, Esau, did you know that you were still a child of Abraham?

God never left you. He did not forsake you.
So you did lose your place as God worked out His plan, creating a line of descendants, in preparation for the coming His Son —

But He still blessed you, so much so that by the time you got to meet your brother again you were reluctant to receive his gifts because you had more than enough, yourself.

And, there was the other blessing of rising above the bitterness against your brother….

Esau, did you know that God was still with you the whole time, redeeming a life that might have been wasted by bitterness and resentment?

Did you know that no one can be too far gone that they are beyond the reach of the All-knowing, All-powerful, Ever-merciful God?

All that’s required is that we come to Him and allow Him do His work in us.

The promise is still true today —

…that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

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18 thoughts on “Esau, did you know?”

  1. Beautiful, Boma!

    There is always room for anyone who wants it! You might mess up the perfect plan, but you are still wanted. It’s up to you!

  2. When I read about Bible characters—real people like us—that were a part of God’s plan in a big way, like Esau, it makes me realize that we, today, are no different. We are part of His plan as well. And the decisions we make, the actions we take, that paths we walk could (like Esau) have a significant impact on generations to come.

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  3. April,
    Thank you for the reminder that no one is ever too far gone that God can’t remove from them anger and bitterness (a heart of stone) and replace it with a heart of flesh (forgiveness). All our actions have consequences, but nothing is beyond God’s ability to redeem.

  4. I forget that people in the Bible were people with feelings just like me. They didn’t usually have a greater understanding of how all this God stuff worked together. They just were part of it, taking one revelation at a time. And all of them (on the “good” or “bad” side of things) had the potential to love God, to follow Him, and live for Him.

  5. Human plans are often not the same as God’s plans. I love reading about real people in the Bible with emotions I can identify with. Imperfections are what make us human.

  6. The grace and mercy of our God is such that I cannot grasp the amazement of Him…the way He loves us and draws us to Him. When I mess us, He still loves me and His plan is still for me to walk. Oh, thank you for asking, “Do you know?” for that question is asked about and for us each and all. I am so grateful you are a neighbor at a linkup tonight.


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