HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. Genesis 27:34
On this incident, the writer to the Hebrews founds the impressive lesson, that the choices of the past may cast a bitter and irrevocable shadow on all our future. When he afterwards desired to inherit blessing he was rejected; for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears (Hebrews 12:16, Hebrews 12:17).
Beware of the cravings of appetite. In an evil moment, Esau yielded to these, and sold his birthright to secure their gratification; he found afterwards that the choice made in that hour was irrevocable. How needful that we watch and pray, lest we fall into temptation!
There are four facts which, when borne in mind, guard us against the sudden oversetting of passionate appetite.
- We were once dead in sins. Surely we do not want to go back again to the charnel-house with its corruption.
- We died for sins in the person of Christ our Representative. In Him, we have met the demands of God’s holy law, but surely that must be an awful thing which cost our Saviour so dearly.
- We died to sin with the Lord Jesus. We have passed with Him on to Resurrection ground; so that we belong to the new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
- We are called on to reckon ourselves dead in sin. The nearer we live to God, the more sensitive we shall be to the most distant suggestion of evil, closing doors and windows against its entrance, reckoning ourselves “not at home” to it, and yielding our members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Hallelujah, there is only one way out of the mess we have found ourselves. That way is through Jesus Christ. He declared that He is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is your open door brethren.