Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ” Continue reading
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Continue reading
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Continue reading
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Continue reading
“Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated,”
The story of Esau and Jacob began before their births.
The Lord told Rebekah, “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” Gen 25:23
Normally the eldest son gets a double portion of heritage and would take over the family at the death of the father.
Esau, the firstborn, was certainly the favorite of Isaac, while Jacob, the second born twin brother, was the favorite of Rebekah.
When you read the story in Genesis 25 and the following chapters, you get a glimpse of Jacob in a web of deception to take what belongs to his bother. He tricked his dad and attained his brother’s birthright.
However, it was Esau that despised the birthright and all that went with it. It’s not just about the flocks and herds. It’s not about the servants and land.
It was also about a covenant with God.
Esau despised his birthright and traded it away for a bowl of stew.
Meanwhile, Jacob desired the birthright. He wanted to be God’s next chosen individual.
Esau and his people became bitter enemies of Israel and God.
This sounds familiar, even today, as people despise the Covenant with God or accept it.
Like Esau, many want the blessings but not the Godly requirements that go with it.
Others desire the fullness of God through Jesus Christ in their lives.
I am one of those receiving the blessing God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I accepted the blessing of their Descendant through King David – Jesus Christ!
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. Continue reading
Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!” Continue reading