HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. Genesis 36:31
Apparently Esau had the best and happiest lot.
What he escaped. – For him there were no few and evil days of pilgrimage; nor the pressure of famine; nor the going down into Egypt; nor the forty years of wanderings in the desert; nor the vicissitudes of the Judges. All these he escaped and must have congratulated himself merrily. But he had no vision of God; no communion with Jehovah; no contact with the messengers of heaven.
What he enjoyed. – A line of dukes; a royal dynasty, which was old when Israel’s first king ascended the throne; a rich and fertile territory; peace and comfort. He reminds us of the Psalmist’s picture of the man of this world, whose portion is in this life, and who is filled with hid treasure. But Esau never awoke satisfied with God’s likeness; nor ever enjoyed the blessedness of the man who is “a prince with God.”
In our church world where hatred and jealousy have overtaken the preaching of the word is a grim reminder to the Princes of God sitting in the seat within the church. You can read the story and reign of Esau and make the application to self or present-day situation.
How he bore himself. – His heart was generous, full of good nature, jovial, and free-handed. When the land could not bear both Jacob and himself, he went off into another and settled down in Mount Seir. It was no hardship with him to leave the land of promise. Most would, doubtless, have preferred his society to Jacob’s; but God did not (Malachi 1:2-3).
What made a lot of these brothers so different. – The one lived for the world; the other was a citizen of the heavenly Jerusalem, a pilgrim to the City of God. The one was an ordinary man of the world; the other had been selected of God as the channel of blessing to mankind. The flower and fruit which are to be propagated require the special attention of the gardener’s knife. What solemn words! (Amos 3:2).
Today I urge my brothers and sisters to stay on the side of truth and continue living for God. The Esau church family will continue to be a friend of the world which is filled with hatred and jealousy. Be reminded that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.