Today, I just wanted to share a simple lesson that I learnt from a message that wasn't about the lesson that I learnt.
I recently downloaded the Elevation church app on my phone, and I love the convenience of it, how I can sit and listen to a message any time and anywhere.
This week, I've been listening to a series of messages by Pastor Steven Furtick called death to selfie. Interesting title, but that's not what I want to share with you today. In this series, we're learning a lot about Jacob, his heart, and his walk with God.
Let's be honest - Jacob was shady. He was the trick of all tricksters, but what's amazing for me is, how God used this man even though his heart was so materialistic and self consumed. It made me think a bit, about his brother Esau. I mean, Esau wasn't a bad guy. He did what he had to do, hunted, provided for his family, he seems like a pretty stand up (and hairy) guy. But when I read this scripture, I realised why God used Jacob, and not him.
Genesis 25: 17
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country,famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[d])
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
Esau was foolish enough to give up his birthright for a a bowl of lentil soup. For those of us who don't know what lentils are, it's those brown round things that you find in your breyani - hardly worth giving up an inheritance for.
Esau gave into his flesh - he made a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling. Foolish, yet so many of us do this, daily! We give into that chocolate because the craving has spoken, in spite of the fast that we committed to when we woke up that very same morning. We swear and shout at loved ones in the heat of the moment because of our temporary feelings.
|Thank you to Darren August for these pics.|
In Matthew 22: 32, Jesus says reminds the people of what God has said. "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob". He didn't mention Esau though, interesting.
|Top: Woolworths. Pants: picked up at clothing swop. Shoes: Mr Price. Specs: Michael Kors.|
I'd also like to encourage you to download the Elevation church app if you do have a smart phone, there are some rich teachings there, just waiting to impact your life.
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