based off of my quiet time @ Genesis 28.
So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.
Genesis 28:7-9 (ESV)
I just thought. Really. If Esau does want to please his father and all, and with how Isaac wanted give Esau his blessing in the first place, it’s clear as the sun that this father and son tandem were very close to each other.
If you’re going to think about it, Esau grew up in a loving family. His parents were close and God-fearing. He is his father’s favourite. They are rich. He most probably can have anything he wanted, and do whatever he wanted to do.
But not just he lost his firstborn title, he also lost being an heir to the WHOLE inheritance, got passed on from the great destiny that has been given to their family by God personally and worst of all, got himself cursed instead!
So what went wrong? What happened to you Esau? Can someone who was being loved by his father still exhibit characteristics as if he was unguided and has no father at all?
Could it be that Isaac, who adored Esau too much failed to teach him the ways of the God of their father Abraham?
Truth is, it is so easy for us to blame our “misfortune” on anyone. Like Esau to Jacob. Oh how bitter he was of being robbed of his blessing/anointing.
So easy to blame others when it is he who had missed the point.
In my eyes, Esau is becoming more and more like a primitive version of a stereotypical jock. Sports loving, hunter, physically active and… kinda slow on the uptake. I was thinking; “Well, if he had actually listened… no, DO what his father is teaching him, or raising him as (the a-father-of-all-nations thing) he probably ended differently. Other than that, Why did he not think or at least spend time to ponder about it? Too busy with his game?”
Isaac, in the end, as the bible shows did not waver on his faith to God, even in his old days. Esau loves his father but he is not being like his father. But is it real love?
21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
John 14:20-22 (ESV)
The physical inheritance is just an outer result. What really happened is Esau failed to inherit his father’s way. His belief. He failed to love in a real way. He remained contented having the mind of someone only seeing what they see in this world, not someone who looks at how temporary our lives here in this earth and there is a higher purpose as to why we are stuck here in earth of a little while… kingdom mindset. He failed having the mind of his father. Thus he failed hitting the mark. The very reason he easily gave away his firstborn title while Jacob was desperately fighting for it. He lacked the vision.
It is not just the “act” of looking for a non-foreign wife itself is it that his parents really wants. Or what his beloved father wants. As if he’s making himself appear redeemable in Isaac’s eyes. To at least receive a few blessing or lessen the heartache of his father.
It is all about your heart response to circumstances itself that really matters to God. With that, your mind turns the other way and you act differently. Like how Jacob listened to his parents, not to just please them but “knew” the reason why he had to do the grueling task of traveling to a far-far-away land just to get a wife. It’s easier to obey that way.
In the end, it’s funny how Esau actually resented Jacob from taking away his title all this time yet not even doing a thing about it.
We might be looking for answers or solutions here and there, it is easy to look left and right but have we thought of looking, really looking toward God? I remember a well-known phrase that I am hearing since I am a kid. WWJD. “What would Jesus do?”. There is no such thing as “church mode” and “outside mode”. How you think at church should also be done at home, school or work, etc. With that, you will not miss the point. Just like Esau did. Or suffer on what you think is “misfortune”, when all of it is just a result of you being far from having the mind of the Father. And then you cry and moan about it. Just like Esau did.
Let us do real lovin’. (¯▾ˆ◦)♥