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37. The Cursed Path of Esau and the Blessed Path of Jacob

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And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.  (Genesis 27:1~4)

The Stories of the Bible that Reveal the Spiritual World

I become very thankful before God when I read Genesis. The stories of Genesis seem like just ordinary stories. However, only a few stories have been selected to be recorded out of the many events that happened on earth at the time Genesis was being recorded. Abraham’s life, Jacob’s life, Joseph’s life . . . . No matter how thick the book, it would not be enough to record all of their lives. God did not simply record stories in the Bible, but did so to have us realize the spiritual meaning inside the stories. When I first began reading the Bible, I simply read through it. But as I read it more and more, the Holy Spirit showed me the worlds of the human heart and the heart of God. I came to know, “Ah, that’s what these words mean!” As the words began to enter my heart, I was able to precisely see my image through the Bible. “That’s how this person was, and his heart is like mine. Ah, this story is about me.” Then I could understand why Christians of the past called the Bible the mirror of the heart. At first I read the Bible as a story; as an incident. But as I discovered the heart of God and my image, which were hidden there, I discovered, “That’s why I was in darkness; that’s why I was distant from God; and that’s why there was a problem between me and God!” and I became freed from those things. It was so amazing how my image was shown in the Bible. The story of Genesis chapter 27, if simply read, appears to be just an ordinary story. Isaac had two sons: Esau and Jacob. To give away the blessings, Isaac called Esau and said, “Take me some venison; and make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.” Upon hearing this, Esau took his quiver and his bow, hunted, made a dish, and brought it before his father. “Father, as you have commanded I have hunted and made a dish for you. Eat, and bless me freely.” The father was stunned. “What! There was one who had just brought something from hunting to me. Who was he?” It was found that Jacob had taken the blessing. How did Jacob receive the blessing? Because Jacob was unqualified to be blessed, his mother made him savoury meat from a kid of the goats, camouflaged Jacob with fur to feel like Esau, and had him blessed through sending him forth using Esau’s name.” From Esau’s point of view, it seems that he had been wronged. All he did was what his father told him: he hunted, made savoury meat, and brought it to his father. But ultimately, the father did not bless Esau but cursed him. “Behold, thy dwelling place shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above, and by thy sword thou shalt live, and shalt serve thy brother . . . .” These words are not merely words. God put his heart into these words. What heart did He put in?

We Who Feel Different from the Word of God

God often speaks to us through the Bible, and Jeremiah 17 tells us, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. I read much of the Bible. After I read these words a few times, I passed them by, thinking, “That’s right. Man’s heart is evil. It is wicked.” But I have never felt the h