What Esau Believed (Esau Bible Story Warning)

 

Wash-eating-stew-1024x1024The Esau Bible story in Genesis 25:29-3 is another great warning about how not to respond to eating temptations.

After I wrote ‘What Eve Believed’, I was intrigued by others who made wrong choices about food in the Bible. Why did they make the wrong choice?

You can learn from their situations so that you can make the right choices and achieve better weight loss results.

Who was Esau? He was Abraham’s grandson, Issac’s son, and Jacob’s fraternal twin brother. Esau’s food problem happened when he was caught in a vulnerable moment.

But he wouldn’t have made the wrong choice if he valued what he had from the beginning.

Here’s the story:

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?”

Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”

So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright (NKJV).”

Let’s examine Esau’s descent:

  • He was tired and hungry.
  • He minimized his future blessing.
  • He magnified his current condition.
  • He decided that satisfying his flesh now was more important than receiving a natural and Spiritual blessing later.

A common saying is that you shouldn’t make important decisions when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. In Esau’s case, he was both tired and hungry!

Jacob, his brother, took advantage of Esau’s weakness. He asked for Esau’s birthright. What was the birthright? In the Israelite law (written later in the scriptures), the firstborn son’s birthright was to receive a double portion of what His father had. Even though they were twins, Esau was the firstborn. Issac had received Abraham’s blessing and Esau was next in line.

The Lord’s blessings upon Abraham were to:

  • Make him a great nation
  • Make his name great
  • Make him a blessing
  • Bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him
  • Bless all the families of the Earth through him

So Jacob was asking Esau to trade all of those permanent blessings in exchange for a temporary bowl of stew. I say temporary because food:

  • Gives your tongue a taste
  • Fills your stomach, taking away hunger feelings
  • Goes through your digestive system so nutrients are extracted for the body’s use
  • Exits your body when the non-useful matter is eliminated as feces

When you weigh the end results of food against the end results of the birthright, what was most important and lasting? The birthright of course!

What was Esau left with? The food would be eliminated eventually (leaving him hungry again) and his birthright would be gone.

Esau probably never took the time to think about his birthright and the benefits of it. He probably never saw himself taking possession of it. He likely never considered what possessing the birthright would ultimately mean for his family’s future.

Instead, Esau played a mental trick on himself because he was only thinking about satisfying his own flesh at the moment. He minimized the importance of the birthright by saying that the birthright did not matter because he was going to die.

Now, was Esau really going to die if he didn’t eat that bowl of stew right then? No. Esau was strong and healthy enough to have been working in the field moments before. So he couldn’t have been about to die, could he?

Instead of taking Jacob’s bad trade, Esau probably could have:

  • Eaten a piece of fruit or a vegetable to get some quick nourishment
  • Made his own stew
  • Ask someone else to make him something to eat

He had alternatives. Since other people lived with them, including their mother and father, none of them would have let him starve to death.

So Esau told himself a lie because he valued pleasures he could get now (the stew) above pleasure he could get later (the blessing). If he had valued his blessing, Esau would not have given it away so easily and cheaply. What Esau did is called ‘’delay discounting’ in modern terms.

Researchers once did a study of people who overeat regularly versus people exercised self-control with food. They found only one difference to separate the two groups:

The overeating people diminished the benefits of waiting on future benefits, like Esau. In contrast, the people who exercised self-control valued future benefits above temporary gain.

When it comes to health and weight loss, here are some future benefits that may await you. God’s will for you is stated in 3 John 1:2:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

These benefits are included in your health birthright:

  • Boosted energy
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Greater mental focus
  • Enhanced shape and muscle tone
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Better mood control
  • Added glow to your skin
  • Enhanced balance and coordination
  • Improved endurance
  • Reduced depression
  • Increased ability to handle stress
  • Improved circulation
  • Clearer skin
  • Freer breathing
  • Increased optimism about life
  • Amplified desire to tackle other life goals

Take a moment to consider if you are making an ‘Esau’ mistake:

  • Are you trading your health birthright in exchange for poor food choices?

How often do you think about your health birthright and the benefits of it? Do you often imagine the feelings you would have when you take possession of it? Do you consider what possessing the health birthright would ultimately mean for your family’s future?

If not, take a few moments do that everyday. This will help you make wiser choices when the enemy offers you a bad trade.

Imagine possessing your health birthright fully. What will you be able to do, have, and share having it? See it and feel it in your body! If you can’t see it, then ask the Lord to open your Spiritual eyes so that you may see.

Ask the Lord for wisdom as to what you can do to make wiser choices in your health. Then listen for the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit. When He tells you to do something that will change your health for the better, do it immediately!

The more you ignore the Holy Spirit’s effort to help, the more it will be harder for you to hear Him later.

But when you cooperate with Him, your whole life will start to change for the better. You will be blessed and take full possession of your health birthright.

Remember, this Earth is ultimately not our home. All who name the name of Christ has an assignment from Jesus: “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).”

Whether you are a formal minister or not, you have a responsibility to share the good news with those God has brought into your life. People pay far more attention to what you do than what you say.

May our choices be wise ones to accurately reflect the wisdom of our God!

Kimberly Taylor

www.takebackyourtemple.com

P.S. Are you ready to take full possession of your health birthright? Check out the Take Back Your Temple program to learn how you can release excess weight and feel better than ever before.

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  • Jennifer says:

    love it. this article made me more aware of my pleasure vrs. my health!

    • Hi Jennifer – I appreciate your comment. The good news is that the food that God gave us to eat can taste good to us and be good for us! While Esau failed to realize that he had alternatives, we must remember that our goal with weight loss is to find our sweet spot – foods that taste good and are good for us. We don’t have to choke down foods we don’t like. You can create a win/win situation for yourself. It may take time, but the end result is worth it. May God bless you on this journey!

  • Dawn says:

    Dear Kim,

    Wanted to say thank you for your obedience to the calling of God on your life. I’ve been following you for a few years now and I’m finally at a place that I am ready to Take back my Temple! Thank you for your emails and encouraging devotions and prayers! I enjoy them and they are food for my spirit!

    Dawn

  • beverly says:

    Blessed again!! Thank you Kim ..

  • Dawn says:

    Kimberly,

    This article on What Esau Believed is an eye-opener. I never thought about immediate gratification with food from this perspective. I will be more thoughtful and, as you advised, ask the Lord for wisdom as to what I can do to make wiser health choices.

    Blessings,

    Dawn

    • Praise God, Dawn! It definitely helps to take inventory of the blessing you have in good health. As I mentioned in the article, no amount of conniving Jacob did in that situation would have worked on Esau if he valued what he had accurately. I know God will give you wisdom as He has promised: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).” I am looking forward to your praise report!

  • Sherry says:

    Thank you for your timely email. I’ve done a well for the last 3months on TBYT program…but my choices still need some help. I’m trying to stay in the word daily but have not focused as much on the ” health scriptures and affirmations. I am continually thankful for deliverance from gluttony and most other unhealthy choices. Still some work in receiving ALL that the Lord has provided for me through JESUS and His word. Thank you for your ministry you are such a blessing to me.

  • Sue says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for this! I was crying out to God this morning, asking Him to help me and He sent me your words! Most days I procrastinate on reading many of the devotionals in my “inbox” thinking I’ll get back to them later….yet this morning, I went right to yours and read it through. I have been making “Esau” choices a lot lately! This morning as I was crying out to God, I asked Him to help me change, and open my eyes to see what He wants me to see. I’m saving your list of my “health birthrights” and I am going to meditate on them!

    Again, thank you for blessing me today!

    • You are welcome, Sue. To God be the glory for giving us every Spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. Now all we have to do is follow the Holy Spirit’s leading so that we can possess it 🙂

  • Bonnie says:

    This was eye opening for me …

    ..thank you for your insight. God bless you.

  • Debbie Jantzen says:

    Kimberly, this was a great article! “I’m dying of hunger.” I never thought of it that way, but we (I) do similar things.

    I am doing better since I joined Weight Watchers, and I am writing down what I eat. This makes it clear what I am doing.

    Also, I am trying to pray every day for God to help me with food choices. I can’t do this without Him!

    thanks
    Debbie

  • jenn says:

    Great Insight and message. Thanks for sharing. Praise YAH(God)
    I did want to share I learned not too long ago that the Holy Spirit is female- SHE.

    http://www.amightywind.com to learn more
    Hope this blessed you.

    • Hi Jenn, I appreciate your comment. The bottom line message is to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading through obedience. To avoid confusion, I believe what Jesus says about the Holy Spirit directly from the Bible:

      John 15:26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

      John 16:13 – However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

      Praise the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit!

  • Sue says:

    If I have it right he received his name cause of his ruddy/red comclexion. I believe the most important thing to remember is that Eve and Esau didn’t believe God’s word or promise. Others in the Bible were of the same thinking. What i do like is how Daniel and others did believe and were blessed. That is how I want to be. Not look so much at the negatiive but the possitive. I get discouraged mor easily than encouraged. So as much as I appreciate the comments, I just wanted to get in something possitive. Because of health issues, I am having to start pretty much over again, but believe I will succeed as I did when I started. Exercise if what I need to get back to the most.
    Hugs,
    Sue

  • Karura says:

    Kimberly:

    I began following you several years ago and studying the Word to deal with my lifelong weight struggle; I lost almost 50 pounds! Then “life” happened–caring for a sick parent, major work issues, and grad school. I’ve “found” almost 30 pounds, and have been struggling to renew my strength. Your daily devotionals keep me inspired. I’m working to stop condemning myself. You’re such a blessing!! Thank you for what you do; thank God for His calling on your life!!

    • I appreciate this word, Karura! Celebrate that you’ve kept 20 pounds off! It’s really easy to allow ‘life’ to happen. I discovered that myself when I got married almost 5 years ago and stopped doing the things that caused me to lose weight. Then, my clothes started getting tight. I had to realize I was in a new season, with new adaptations required to maintain healthy habits. Once I recognized what was happening, I had to make shifts in how I did things. I wrote about it here: https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/4-ways-to-lose-weight-in-a-week-free-app/

      I challenge you to recognize the season that you are in. Some of the things that worked in your old season may need to be “tweaked” to fit your new season. Ask the Lord in prayer for wisdom to adapt to your new season so that you can prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.

  • Susanne says:

    I feel I have been an Esau for the last 20 years, and even as of recent have felt so powerless and hopeless there is forgiveness and grace that I haven’t ruined God’s plan and what he has wanted and wanting to do in my life. I can’t do anything about the past but repent and use this tool of your article and pray for empowerment to truly commit myself to him fully and believe what he has in future body, mind and spirit benefits outweigh selling out to food and temporary pleasure any more. I am going to print this out and really meditate on it and ask God to really sink this word down deep! This article totally hit the spot! Thank you!

    • Hi Susanne – We serve a good God, don’t we? Isn’t it wonderful that He doesn’t give up on us when we mess up? So we shouldn’t give up on ourselves either because we serve a God who is ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, never leaves us nor forsakes us. Hallelujah! His mercies are new every morning. My prayer is that your heart become and remain good ground on which His word is falling. There is blessing in obedience to His word!

  • Joanne Harte says:

    Hi Kimberly,
    This is a great article. I recognize myself in Esau’s choices, as I am not very good at delaying gratification, and it shows up in many different areas of my life, wreaking havoc all the way. Thanks for decoding this story for us all. It inspires me to make better decisions in my day-to-day life. God Bless.
    Joanne Harte

  • Mary says:

    Kim, I love the way you bring the messages, the treasures that they hold and the wisdom they express. God has truly given you an exceptional talent. Thank you so much for the emails.

  • Vickie says:

    Dear Kimberly this was the best word I’ve read.Its no words that I can say but thank you this is from the sprit of God for all man kind, to take this to heart and feast on this word you gave.It was an outstanding article.ThankYou

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