Good day and happy Sunday to you. Before I proceed on today’s nugget, I want to say ‘Happy International Women’s Day’ to all my female readers, you are loved.
To be profane means to treat (a holy place or object) with great disrespect and nonchalance. Growing up I felt bad whenever I read the Esau and Jacob story, I felt bad for Esau, and I felt Jacob was a terrible person for having cunningly taken Esau’s blessings. Well, Esau reaped the fruit of his careless words, he sold his birthright to his younger brother for a few bites of food and didn’t consider the spirituality of his action.
Genesis 25:31-34 KJV
“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 sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright”.
Little wonder he lost his father’s blessings to Jacob, he had already forgone his qualification to attain the blessings of the first son. It was not even signed on paper, it was just by words, this is another clear indicator that words are powerful.
This story is also cited in the New Testament; see how Esau is described here:
Heb 12:16-17 KJV
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as 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 through tears.”
The Message translation of this scripture is more detailed;
Heb 12: 16-17 MSG
”Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing- but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.”
I also used to wonder why Isaac didn’t just bless Esau when he came later on. Words are very powerful, he had already released the blessings to Jacob and it was irreversible, the Bible records that Isaac trembled violently when he found out what had happened. (Genesis 27: 33) “Isaac trembled violently and said,’ who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”
God’s word is what lasts forever; every other thing is short lived. Our lord Jesus said in John 6:63 KJV “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” He also said in Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Let’s learn from this; never to allow anything, desire, need or pleasures of life take our attention away from God’s word. We can’t afford to be careless with words in our lives, it shouldn’t be played with, words are seeds, words are spiritual too, the importance and weight of words cannot be overemphasized.
Jesus also said in Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
May the Holy Spirit guide us to speak only positive and faith filled words, I pray that we do away with empty and careless words and that we always pay attention to the spirit.
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