by Ivor Powell

Three Men Who Became Foolish
Ivor Powell
Genesis 25:29-34; Judges 16:7; 17:10

It is always depressing to see the fall of a giant. This applies to stately trees in the redwood forests, renowned sports figures incapacitated either by accident or sickness, or a person famous for religious achievement. The higher a climber ascends on a mountain, the greater the distance he might fall. The death of a soldier in combat is always a tragedy, but when a commanding general dies, his replacement is hard to find. The Bible records the disasters that befell three men whose success could have been sensational. Unfortunately they sacrificed their usefulness on altars of personal desire.

Esau-Who Fell for a Tasty Meal . . . How Foolish

And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint . . . And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. (Gen. 25:29-34)

Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 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. (Heb. 12:16-17)

Esau was an impulsive man who blamed others for his own mistakes; he possessed little if any respect for his parents. A birthright was a privilege bestowed upon the first born son in a family; he received twice as much inheritance as did any other child. Wealth was assessed in terms of land and cattle, and since Isaac was rich, Esau was entitled to a considerable fortune. No one can deny that Jacob, the scheming brother, was deceitfu ...

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