We probably all know that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. That does not sound so horrible but the penalty God pronounces for that all throughout scripture is the most severe possible. Esau could not re gain his favor with God, he was not allowed to repent even though he sought it with tears.
Heb 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
Mal 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Wow! very extreme! So what really happened here? What did Esau actually do for that bowl of soup? Well… God chose Abraham from everyone else on the face of the earth and made a covenant (agreement) with him and his seed (children from Abraham). To be chosen by God was HUGE and the covenant brought with it many blessings as well as responsibilities. Abraham’s one and only son Isaac was to bring forth the seed that would eventually be the Chosen Nation of God.
“for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” Isaac’s firstborn would inherit the blessing. Twins were born and Esau was the first out of the womb. He was to carry the promise by birth he had the right to the blessing. That is what he gave away in exchange for a bowl of soup. He sold his birthright to his twin brother Jacob. Jacob inherited the blessing.
Esau hated Jacob and determined to kill him. Jacob fled from his home and spent many years with his mothers brother where he married and had children and was blessed. Years late he decided to return home and on the journey God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. That is how the chosen people of God became called Israel. Esau became a nation himself (the Edomites) and although no harm came to Jacob from Esau firsthand, the scriptures continue to speak of him, especially in the prophets and ALWAYS in the negative. The entire book of Obadiah (although short) is about Esau or more precisely about those who still commit the same error he did.
Jer 49:10 But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.
Oba 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble,(fuel) and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
When everything is all said and done there will be no remnant of Edom. It is made very clear that they will be completely gone. God hates them and brings them to a complete end. Now keep in mind we are not talking about a physical nation here. Now, under the new covenant (Jesus)God does not hate a people because of their nationality (and neither does he give them favor because of their nationality) but rather, because of their “spiritual” standing.
God keeps his promises and his seed came down through Abraham to Jesus who brought in a new covenant, one in the spirit. Now the promise is still by birth, you must be born again, born of the spirit of God. Jesus carries the seed and those who are born of him carry the birthright and are now called Israel.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Ultimately the promise was to Jesus and his seed. Jesus made the promise available to all nationalities through his sacrifice on the cross and his holy spirit. The condition for inheriting this promise is to be born by that spirit into the nation of God which is now “spiritual” in nature. (see Eph 2;17-22)
Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, (spiritual) which are of Israel: (The physical people/nation)
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
That is, They which are the children of the flesh,(physical) these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise (spiritual / under the new covanant) are counted for the seed.
The Nation of Esau, (Edom) is alive and well today. It has been rebuilt. God told us through the prophet Malachi that it would be rebuilt and once again thrown down.
Mal 1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
Today,there is an entire nation of people who have given their birthright to another. This is the time of mercy and of calling to repentance so unlike with Esau we can repent (turn from our wrong ways of belief and line up with what God says) and we can re gain our inheritance, but in the end those who insist on rejecting their birthright will be cut off as Esau was. Scripture foretells it clearly.
This time around we are told that Esau will commit violence against his brother Jacob (the true nation of God). Esau will co conspire against Jacob and watch as he his carried away captive he will stand by as Jacob is in his trouble and help the enemy by cutting off Jacob as he tries to escape. He will take Jacobs possessions as reward for his betrayal.
Obadiah speaks of the time when God will judge his house, the tribulation, and how Esau will betray by siding with those who will persecute the house of God. Then when God is finished purging his house and has saved some by this refining fire, he will cause the enemy to turn on Esau and betray him, just as he betrayed Jacob, but none of the Edomites will be saved. That nation will be “laid waste” and “their shall not be any remaining”. Just as Malachi 1:4 prophesies. Read Obadiah
Satan is cunning and has brought us doctrines of Demons and commandments of men. We have been lied to and believed the lies, and thus the Nation of Edom has been rebuilt, even I was once an Edomite. Today is the day to turn to God and him alone for truth. Satan has caused us to reject our birthright and without it we are impoverished and ineffective against him. We are also in Idolatry as we believe we are to honor and serve a nation that does not belong to God. While we do this we are deceived into rejecting the very nation we have been commanded to bless. The spiritual nation made up of born again believers of every nation tribe and tong on earth.
Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
One of the most devastating consequences of losing our true identity (its been stolen by our enemy) is that we don’t know when God is speaking to US in his written word. When he calls us by our name “Israel” “Jacob” “Jerusalem” etc… we are deaf to it! Oh I hope you see how all encompassing this deceit is!
Isa 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
I pray that our eyes will see and our ears will hear and that the vision will not become unto us as one who says I cannot see for it is sealed.
Isa 29:11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: I hope you can begin to understand why God HATES Esau!
Lord Jesus please open our eyes!
I love you all, Cindy