Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”
Ge 25:29-32 NKJV
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I am heavily burdened and distressed in my spirit as I share this with you. The number one hindrance to accessing the kingdom of God is the flesh. I am not just referring to the body; but the set of thoughts and intentions that run through our hearts without the inspiration of the Spirit; it is called carnality. What breaks God's heart more than anything else is our inability to discern spiritual things due to carnality (flesh).
We see Jacob, who had spiritual understanding and revelation about the promise of God. He understood God's promise to His grandfather Abraham that, "He would be a father of many nations". He knew this promise was to Abraham, his seed Isaac, and the firstborn of Isaac (Gen 17:4,7,8). Thus, he needed to secure the firstborn right to position himself for such a promise. Essau, however, could not understand the spiritual implication of his position as the firstborn, in fact, he valued food (the flesh) more than his birth right.
As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
Ro 9:13 NKJV
Is there an unrighteous with the Judge of the world? Does God hate anyone? Well, that is impossible for someOne whose name is Love. He loves everyone, even the hard core unrepentant sinner; and He is a just God.
Essau, as in (Roman 9:13) is referring to the nature of carnality and not the person. He was a carnal man because he was a man without spiritual understanding. And God does not work with such persons because to be carnally minded is death.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians and he said,:
"And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ."
[1Co 3:1 NKJV]
But why couldn't he speak to them as spiritual? Because of their carnality. Paul had received great deal of revelations from God; and he hoped to share these with the church but unfortunately, the target church was still full of spiritual babies. Babies only eat and sleep!
Unfortunately, we have more carnal believers in church today than there ever were in Corinth. People go to church for so many fantastic reasons other than the Word of God.
"This is not my church so I can not listen to this Word of God", "You are not my pastor so I cannot listen to you". This is a sign of spiritual bankruptcy. You must listen to the Word first and then judge whether or not it's from God.
"If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord."
1Co 14:37 NKJV
It is no coincidence that Paul called on only spiritual persons and prophets to judge whether or not his message was from the Lord. We cannot work with carnal people in the church. The only people who matter therefore are spiritual people; those who have spiritual understanding like Abraham, or Jacob or Mary to receive the Word with joy.
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