Four thousand years ago one man made a series of little choices. He was rugged, handsome, hard working, honest, athletic, strong—and proud. From the perspective of those who lived around him he was a great guy—but from the One who sees the heart, he was pitiful.
A spiritual scan would have revealed that he fed his flesh, gave in to his passions, nursed his wounds until they festered into gangrenous abscesses that oozed bitterness. That bitterness infected his entire life and he ended up becoming an enemy of God.
Who was he? Esau, firstborn son of Isaac, grandson of God's friend Abraham, natural heir to all the promised blessings of the God of the Universe—and one who had everything that really matters in life, except the most important element.
Esau had everything but God, and what does it profit, Jesus once asked, if someone gain the whole world and lose their own soul (Matthew 16:26).
How did the life of this man who seemed to have it all turn out? Hebrews 12 gives us this tragic flight recording in God's black box of another crashed life, another burned and wasted life.
Look back with me closely at the heart of Esau opened for view in v, 15-17. God does a biopsy and shows us the cancer growing, unseen and unchecked.
Hebrews 12:15-17 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.” (NASB)
Without the insight we get from Hebrews we would not know all that was going on inside of Esau’s heart. Esau not only was immoral, but he was godless. He had no ethics or faith, no scruples or reverence. He had no regard for the good, the truthful, the divine. He was totally worldly, totally secular, totally profane. Christians are to be vigilant that no persons such as Esau contaminate Christ’s Body. That is why the writer of Hebrews warns us to see to it ... that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau.
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