Scripture to Read: Genesis 28:6-7
Today we come back to examine Esau’s life a little more. Esau struggled within himself because he knew Isaac had blessed Jacob willingly. Esau also knew Isaac sent Jacob away to find a wife in Paddan-aram, the home of Rebekah’s family. We see all of this clearly in Genesis 28:6. Esau was a broken man due to his sinful choices. Esau was not a repentant man, but he was broken, feeling remorse. Remorse is a feeling that comes when someone is caught doing wrong. Repentance causes one to turn away from their sin and to turn to God to walk in obedience to Him and His Word. Esau was ruled by how he “FELT” and not by seeking the Lord and what the Lord had for him each day. Back in Genesis 25:27-34, we saw how Esau had sold his birthright for a bowl of stew instead of trusting the Lord for his hunger. Then we saw how Esau did not ask our Lord who He would have Esau marry, but instead, Esau chose for himself two Canaanite women (from the Hittites) to be his wives. Esau’s choices displeased Rebekah and also Issac. Esau also saw how Jacob, at this point, obeyed Isaac and Rebekah and had left for Paddan-aram to find a wife from Rebekah’s family, as recorded in Genesis 28:7. Even with all that Esau recognized through his parent's disappointment and Isaac's blessing on Jacob, Esau did not have a change of heart. Esau continued in his rebellion and selfish choices.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today through Esau’s life about the difference between remorse and repentance?
2. What areas of your life do you need to repent in and make sure you are in right fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!