You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
17 For [gar] ye know [isemi] how [hoti] that afterward [kai] [metepeita], when he would [thelo] have inherited [kleronomeo]
the blessing [eulogia], he was rejected [apodokimazo]: for [gar] he found [heurisko] no [ou] place [topos] of repentance [metanoia],
though [kaiper] he sought [ekzeteo] it [autos] carefully [ekzeteo] with [meta] tears [dakru]. KJV-Interlinear
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
Yesterday we studied the
birthright that each of us as believers will receive in eternity, and we should
all know that, that birthright, which is our inheritance, has a value which far
exceeds our imagination.
Knowing that you have such
a valuable inheritance waiting for you should serve as encouragement and
motivation to pursue your spiritual life toward spiritual maturity.
Now in this passage we see
the repercussions of Esau s lifetime of decisions. He didn t have only one
chance to pursue his spiritual life, but he had many daily opportunity s to get
his act together. He was apathetic, indifferent, and he took for granted
something that he had no automatic right to.
Esau lost it all. And he
lost it all because of his own negative attitude and negative decisions toward
God and toward doctrine.
There s only one way to
secure for certain, your package of phenomenal blessings which will accompany
your eternal birthright. Realize of course, that everyone who believes in
Christ will for certain go to heaven. That is only one aspect of one s eternal
blessings. The really big packing to
blessings, which exceeds anything that you can possibly imagine, will be given
only to spiritually mature believers.
We have studied lots of
passages including lots of parables which teach this principle of doctrine.
Esau lost not only his
earthly birthright from his dad, Isaac, but he continued in his negative
attitude and he lost his eternal birthright as well.
One important principle
that we should all learn is that, even though most of us will not receive much
of a birthright or inheritance from our earthly parents, all of us have the
opportunity to receive a phenomenal eternal birthright from God.
God does not hold anything
back but gives each and every one of us every opportunity to advance to
spiritual maturity. God gives each and
every one of us the resources and the means to advance to spiritual maturity.
And, amazingly enough, it is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. God
does all of the work, we merely have to believe, and wait patiently.
Esau demonstrates the
behavior of a two year old, with his tantrum of tears, pleading for something
that he wants while refusing to comply with Gods terms.
All people who are negative
toward God and who refuse to pursue their spiritual life in accordance with Gods
terms will come to the same place of tears and tantrum as Esau did.
God does not honor crying,
God does not honor tantrums, God does not honor emotional pleading, when a
person has had a lifetime of opportunity for complying with His will, but have
refused to do so because of their arrogant stubbornness. All of the tears and
all of the emotional pleading will not regain you what you have thrown away and
disregarded as useless, over a lifetime of a negative attitude pattern toward
The book of Hebrews gives
fair warning and a reminder that this life in this world is not all that there
is. That, the bulk of your life will be lived in eternity, and if you do not
prepare for your spiritual future, then the fault remains solely with you.
You have a better
representative in heaven, you have a better opportunity in heaven, you have a
better destiny in heaven, and you have a better means from heaven for attaining
an extremely successful life.
Esau could have woke up and
changed his attitude, but he did not. He had every opportunity just as every
person has every opportunity to change their ways in life. He could ve realized
that he discounted his birthright, not thinking much of it, and that he tried
to cheat his way through life, and he could have changed.
But, Esau was not
interested in changing his own lifestyle or attitude. He selfishly wanted
everyone including God, to change their ways and comply with his own standards.
That kind of attitude is common among people who reject truth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.