by John Barnett

Why God was so Hard on Saul?
John Barnett
Hebrews 12

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, and 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.

Please turn there with me, and join me as we prepare our hearts to know God better through His Word.

Let's read the entire chapter.

Hebrews 12, pray.

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 misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears. NIV

? Hebrews 12:15-17 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the ...

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