When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 26:34-35).
Parents often look forward to their children continuing in their legacy. Unfortunately for Isaac and Rebekah, their hope was dashed when Esau, their eldest son chose to marry from the idolaters among whom they dwelt. According the above text of the scriptures, that decision impacted his parents severely as it made them grieve endlessly.
Esau at 40 was old enough to decide whom he would marry, but his choice repeatedly fell short of his parents’ expectation. He probably didn’t share the same value with his father (Isaac) who had endured a rigorous path to choose a wife appropriately. Intuitively, it requires more than hypothetical knowledge or length of relationship to prove our allegiance to God. As believers that abhor the spirit of Esau, let us embrace spiritual maturity and accountability as our knowledge of Christ increases. It will help us meet God’s expectations and that of our parents (biological or spiritual) that laboured relentlessly to make us stand.
Esau’s deviation from his father’s legacy didn’t nullify his identity as an offspring of Isaac but forfeited the wholeness of his descendants and perhaps generated controversy on his true identity among the heathens. As disciples that understand the times, let us consciously raise undefiled seeds, nurture them to maturity and prevent unbelievers from doubting the efficacy of the blood of Jesus.
In these last days, The Lord is calling His disciples to revere the sacrifice at the cross. Let us self-assess our allegiance to Him, and beyond knowledge seek understanding in whatsoever we engage in before it matures into inseparable habits. Let spiritual leaders focus on God’s mandate for His church instead of overhauled doctrines that are off the mark. The statute of God is a precious heritage; let us embrace and apply it correctly.