In part one we saw that Esau’s priorities were wrong and he had no thought for consequences. Esau is the elder twin brother of Jacob, sons of Isaac and Rebekah.. At the age of 40, he married his first two wives, Judith and Bashemath, who both came from the Canaanite tribe of the Hittites.This event is listed on the Biblical Timeline Poster around 1829 BC.Judith is the daughter of Beeri the Hittite while Bashemath is the daughter of Elon the Hittite. ( Log Out / Paul has previously demonstrated that God did not intend to fulfill the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant on all of Abraham’s descendants, but only on Abraham’s descendants through his son Isaac (not through his son Ishmael). The word translated “oracle” frequently heads prophetic passages (e.g., Isa. Most likely, God loved the person we know as Esau, brother of Jacob and son of Isaac. The election was not about personal salvation and standing before God (thus, it wasn’t the unconditional election Calvinism proposes), it was only about who would be the recipient to the Abrahamic Covenant. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:12-13, KJV). As Abraham’s grandchildren, thousands of sheep, goats, camels and donkeys. Moreover, it shows that Malachi 1:2-3 may also be referring to peoples, not individuals (and that’s actually what Malachi is talking about). Jacob does not respect Isaac, the Lord, or even his mother. This birthright that was the bargaining chip of the brothers consisted of the following: Why choose a shifty deceiver over an honest but rash man? Isaac and Ishmael were examples in the previous verses, and now Jacob and Esau are presented as better examples. - These are the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau (vide ver. Furthermore, Esau always seems so much more honest than the shifty, cunning Jacob. The Book of Genesis speaks of the relationship between fraternal twins Jacob and Esau, sons of Isaac and Rebekah, focusing on Esau's loss of his birthright to Jacob and the conflict that ensued between their descendant nations because of Jacob's deception of their aged and blind father, Isaac, in order to receive Esau's birthright/blessing from Isaac. But Esau said, I already have plenty, my brother. Why not throw another figure of speech? Before quoting Malachi 1:2-3, Paul quotes Genesis 25:23, in which God states that Esau (the elder son) would serve Jacob (the younger son). Why did He only say to Rebekah that one will serve the other if He meant I love one of them and I hate the other? The book of Hebrews draws a spiritual lesson from Esau’s action. There are several factors that indicate this statement should not be taken literally: (a) God’s rejection of Ishmael as recipient of the Abrahamic Covenant did not mean God hated Ishmael, so His rejection of Esau as the recipient of the Abrahamic Covenant should not mean that He hated Esau; (b) God did not reveal hatred for Esau to Rebekah in Genesis 25:23; (c) God protected Esau and His descendants from Israel’s attacks and hatred during the times of Moses; (d) the statement in Malachi 1:2-3 was made several hundred years after Esau was dead; (e) Malachi uses with complexity several figures of speech in its first few verses; (f) and the same passage in Malachi explains that God’s actions are actually against the nation of Edom, not Esau himself. After all, in the first three verses of Malachi there is an instance of personification (Israel speaks as one person) and there are two … And they wept” (Genesis 33:4). ( Log Out / It is not that Esau could not repent of selling his birthright, but that Esau could not persuade his father to repent about the stolen blessing given to Jacob. Why did you not include what is written in Obadiah chapter 1 or in 2 Esdras in the Apocrypha? If God hated Esau, why would God protect His possession? What did poor old Esau do to deserve that? The narrative portions of the Old Testament are frequently fairly opaque when it comes to levelling moral judgment against a person. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. How can it say He hated Esau? For this reason, it is said that Esau despised his birthright. Inherently, he was no better than Esau, but his outlook on life—his perspective or worldview—was decidedly different. 2 Pet. 1:21) spoken by a human messenger. Hebrews 12 uses it as a summary statement of his major fault: that he sold his inheritance rights for a bowl of stew. Why did God allow Jacob to steal Esau’s blessing and get away with it? Whatever. Nevertheless, if Esau is a synecdoche, a part representing the whole, then hated is not a hyperbole: by the time of Malachi, God really did hate the Edomites! ( Log Out / Beginning on verse 10 of Romans 9, Paul now demonstrates that the Abrahamic Covenant is not even for all of Abraham’s descendants through Isaac, but only for those through Isaac’s son Jacob, not Esau. All well and good, but the question still remains. What Did Esau Look Like? What Did Esau Look Like? (Genesis 27:1-40) The family blessing was more personal than the birthright. The first verse of the book does more than give information about its human author. So, considering the context, God loving Jacob and hating Esau has nothing to do with the human emotions of love and hate. The incident where Esau rashly “sells” the birthright to Jacob for some stew reveals that Esau did not appreciate the gravity of this blessing and that Jacob had had his eye on it. Isaac responds to his eldest son's plea by saying that he only had one blessing to give and that he could not reverse the sacred blessing. The biggest error that Esau could have made was the fact that he did not think much of the fullness of the birthright. Before Esau and Jacob were born, God had decided that Esau would serve his brother Jacob. Otherwise, Ishmael would have also been sentenced to Hell when God chose Isaac and not Ishmael as the recipient of the Abrahamic Covenant, but God was merciful to Ishmael. You’re going to get some more pocket money next week; the inheritance rights are your future. Jacob CARED about the things of God, amidst all of his sins. This burden is further defined as a word from the Lord (cf. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? Even a shifty deceiver is better than that. At this point, Jacob could have told Rebekah “this is the wrong thing to do,” but self-interest won the day. This, then, is what’s wrong with Esau. I expected that at some point, because we are dealing with an omnipotent being, God was going to reverse the blessings, but that doesn’t happen. God heard the prayer of the child Ishmael and saved his life (Genesis 21:17-19), and God even promised to bless Ishmael (Genesis 17:20-21). Thank you so much, I was confused about this too. But God did not decide that hatred would occur. And having through deception blessed Jacob, He is now saying to Esau let me tell you he will indeed be blessed, because I did my dead level best not to bless him. Did Esau go to Hell? What makes this word hated very rich is that it is ambiguous. When Esau learns of his brother's thievery, he is livid and begs his father to undo the blessing. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? Keep what you have for yourself. And God in His wisdom and almighty power and sovereignty and providence arranged it so that I was made a fool of, and I blessed him, and let me tell you one thing, Esau, he will be blessed. That phrase, as it is written, shows that Paul sees Genesis 25:23 and Malachi 1:2-3 as being in agreement with each other. If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. Yet, Romans predicts that God would love Jacob. The second trick is far more damaging to our view of Jacob, in this case he clearly deceives his blind father by pretending to be Esav (putting on goat hair on his arms to make him feel hairy) and getting a blessing from his father. Esau disobeyed God in marrying these women. The prophetic writings of Malachi record that God “loved” Jacob and “hated” Esau. They may not have been full adults yet, but they were certainly close enough in age to the rite of passage that they knew what they were doing. I hope you will take a look at my next article, ROMANS 9:14-16 AND UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION. On the one hand, Jacob is obviously the hero. By Black History In The Bible. The men couldn’t live in the same area because God had … This latter point is actually more pertinent to Paul’s argument in Romans 9, since in that passage Paul is actually arguing that God has not broken His promises to Israel by requiring Jews (and gentiles) to believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. This, then, is what’s wrong with Esau. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. God didn’t matter. Marcelo Carcach (author) from Westminster, MD on August 27, 2018: Thank-you very much. To find favor in your eyes, my lord, he said. Esau REJECTED God and had his OWN values. Question: Why did you limit your reference in regards to Esau / Idumea / the Edomites? But he was wrong about Esau: “Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. Verses 10-12. But is that really a reason to be hated? Esav shows up and is distraught that his brother got the good blessing already. He just didn’t care right then. Perhaps more aware than we that moral judgment of that sort is reserved for God alone, the narrative books are frequently quiet on the morality of an event, simply recording it as having happened. Now, when Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel had to serve his father he did it, no question about it. 2017. God’s hatred for Esau could be taken as a hyperbole, an exaggeration. When Esau was younger, he was taught and inspired by his grandfather to be righteous and G‑d fearing. And yet the Bible unequivocally singles out Jacob for God’s blessing and Esau for Scriptural censure. One should take in consideration the context in which Paul makes this reference. Where Esau seems gloriously wild, Jacob is… domesticated. Once again Rebecca intervenes to save her younger son from being murdered by his elder twin brother, Esau. This word is the powerful proclamation of the King, effective in history to shape all e… That is why God rejected Esau and chose Jacob. Yes, he’s rash, but even that seems like more promising character material for God to work with than Jacob’s deceptiveness. He did not say CERTAIN ones who do not accept Jesus, READ Matthew 13:36-40.. ALL of them, as for accepting Christ, all false, John 6:44, John 15:16, Romans 8:29 GOD chooses his people, he said he would take just ONE from each city~” “Ashkenaz and Sephards, harbor the DNA of Esau/Edom. God’s point is that when God declared Jacob and his descendants to be the recipients of the Abrahamic Covenant, God chose to love the nation Israel. Home. Conclusion: God is in control of our world and our lives. The Bible seems fairly convinced that, as stupid as it sounds, he actually knew what he was doing. He’s the manly man, out in the open country, a hunter, and later a leader of men, where Jacob seems like a mama’s boy, at home in the woman’s world of the tented encampment. As they grew up, Esau became an excellent hunter while Jacob stayed near home. He’s not merely rash or ill-counseled. God didn’t have anything personal against Ishmael, so why He have something personal against Esau? God rejected Esau (who was also called “Edom”) and did not choose him to be the father of His chosen people. This apparently wasn’t some boyhood transaction between two kids, in which the ten-year-old persuades the naïve six-year-old to give him his pocket money in exchange for use of the blue crayon. Jacob shows no attachment to Esau or vice versa. The Bible plainly shows that Jacob's election gave him a decided advantage over Esau in fulfilling God's purpose. People who are quiet and gentle and listen to their mother are good. Hebrews 12 may be as close as we’re going to get to an answer. In Romans 9, Paul wants to show us why we should believe in God’s unconditional election. Godless liberals. (This message shows that God chooses people according to His own purposes; He calls people, but not according to their good or bad works) She was told, Your older son will serve your younger son. We are warned not to be a “profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright” (verse 16). So he sent a lavish gift ahead of him and asked God to save him (Genesis 32:9–15). But what did Esau do? No, for a start Jacob and Esau were twins, and Esau was the elder. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. Averell A. Lv 7. 4). Esau was the victim of his brother's deception at least twice in his life. In Malachi 1:2-3, God is not really talking about the persons Jacob and Esau: He is talking about the nations Israel and Edom. The situation becomes even more troubling. Several hundred years later, long after Jacob and Esau are dead, God said something that still baffles people today: He said, “yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau” (Malachi 1:2-3, KJV), which Paul quotes as “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:12-13, KJV). Each word supports the divine origin and authority of the entire message. Isaac loved Esau and Rebekah loved Jacob (Genesis 25:27–28). Esau’s whining looks just like a petulant two-year-old wanting candy before supper. Does God’s stated hatred for Esau indicate that Romans 9 speaks about personal salvation and condemnation? so much more like hero material. But he couldn’t do it like Esau. In verses 3 to 5 of Malachi 1, God describes His hatred not for Esau, but for the nation of Edom. Think, for example, about Melchizedek and Job: both lived in the times of the Patriarchs, but neither of them partook of the Abrahamic covenant. Doesn’t the Bible teach that God loves everyone? God’s hatred for Esau could be taken as a hyperbole, an exaggeration. But do not make that an excuse for robbing and cheating Esau, because he is not as thoughtful as you are. The Lord made him as well as you; and died for him as well as for you; and wills his salvation as well as yours; and if you cheat him the Lord will avenge him speedily. Marcelo is the pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, and the author of Biblical Prayer for Today's Believers: Transform Your Prayer Life. All he cared about was that he was hungry right then. Please answer. He’s not merely rash or ill-counseled. No, please! On the other hand, God did not choose Esau and his descendants as the recipients of the Abrahamic Covenant, so therefore God did not choose to love Edom in the same way He loves Israel. 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Source(s): The Bible. Ok, we’re told that he was “godless”. It had no value for him. Esau sold his position of inheritance for self-indulgence...twice!! God can’t work with that, because that sort of mindset will trade away anything that God invests in return for a handful of Satan’s fake “magic beans”. This is like Bill Gates ceding controlling interest in Microsoft, in exchange for a cheeseburger. That’s a word which isn’t exactly in the current lexicon enough that we have a firm grasp on its meaning. Something to fill his stomach for a few hours. Godless communists. 1) When Esau says he is about to die, is this figuratively (from hunger) or literally he thinks he is close to dying from old age? 1 decade ago. The story of Jacob and Esau is one I’ve often found troubling. The Talmud learns that the day of Abraham’s death was the same day Esau violated a young bride and committed his first murder, in addition to other sins. Powerful teaching I have been trying to see what God was actually talking about with Jacob and Esau, Is Jacob’s Election a Sample of Unconditional Election. Still, both were righteous before God (Genesis 14:18, Job 1:1). Given the situation, that these are Abraham’s heirs in a nomadic encampment the size of a small nation, there’s no way that anyone was going to let the eldest son and presumed heir get to the point of actually starving. Go make your own stew!”, “No! In Malachi 1:2-3, God states that He hated Esau. Why would God make such a statement after so long? On the other hand, God did not choose Esau and his descendants as the recipients of the Abrahamic Covenant, so therefore God did not choose to love Edom in the same way He loves Israel.
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