Averting Calamity Through Social Intelligence: Abigail and David

Abigail was described as wise and very beautiful, while her husband was rich and foolish.

When she heard from one of her servants what her husband had said to David’s servants, she acted quickly. She collected food and sent her servants ahead of her.

The servants of David and the servants of Nabal knew each other. The servants would definitely be faster and meet David some distance away from Nabal because Nabal might spew out more provocative words.

By sending the servants and the food without informing Nabal, delay and a domestic upheaval were prevented. It also shows there was more than enough food to share.

There are times when quick apologies and actions prevent disaster.

When she saw David, she quickly alighted from her donkey or horse, and bowed down to greet David. She used the formula of Jacob in preparation to met Esau. Jacob arranged his family in batches to meet with Esau. Each unit weakened the anger of Esau. The emissaries and the gifts weakened the anger of Jacob’s adversary, Esau.

In circumstances like this, don’t be the first to appear and appeal to the offended person. Send people that your adversary will value first.

She took the blame for not being around. She spoke nicely to David. She acknowledged the fact David was God’s anointed. She described herself as David’s servant.

Can you imagine such a beautiful and intelligent lady, with a very rich husband, apologising and prophesying goodness upon you as a man?

Abigail averted a catastrophe with social Intelligence.

Bridle your tongue; add a touch of seasoning.

Remember, we are all sensitive people.

God Bless You.


Read: A Good Name Is Better Than Riches—Nabal and Emotional Intelligence

Read: Select Your Fights: Nabal and Social Intelligence

The Spirit of Esau

1. Esau was typology of an attitudinal disposition that God hates.

He was a real-life illustration. Don’t ask me why God chooses to use a whole human being as an analogy. Please, I don’t know.

2. The spirit of Esau typifies an individual who has no value for and organized and urbane lifestyle.

3. He negated and despised what his family inheritance was, that was readily available, to chase after a fleeting probabilistic delicacy—bush meat.

His father had lots of animals at home, but he chose to be a hunter. Many men have beautiful and loyal wives at home, but they prefer street girls. What future did Esau have with bush meat? Could he have made wealth from bush meat?

4. Esau is that race, persons, or individual who ignore what God has blessed them with, and refuse to develop it, and then admire and spend their energy on reckless adventurism.

Please, women, don’t kill me. I always wonder why African women recently abandoned our very beautiful natural hair, that can be styled in different designs, to chase after artificial Caucasian styled hair and human hair of Brazilian, Indian, and other countries. Do you know how much women of African descent spend on hair every year? Do you know how much dark-skinned Africans spend on skin-whitening creams every year? Do you know the cost of healthcare from kidney diseases from the consequences of bleaching creams and soaps? Do you know how much Caucasians spend annually to stay outside in beaches just to get a tan?

5. Esau finished his game every time he returned from hunting.

He had no reserve and did not plan for the future. It was also possible that he would only go for hunting when his game is finished.

Do you know such people? They always have financial emergencies, from transport fares, money to discharge their wives that gave birth, to school fees. People beg money to bury very aged parents. Did you not know that a parent that is 95 years old is waiting for boarding and departure?

6. The spirit of Esau is reckless.

Esau sold his birthright for a meal and walked away without giving a hoot. Esau is a desperate and reckless negotiator.

Have you ever imagined how much of our national wealth as Africans are sold as peanuts to foreigners? Have come across people who sell their parents assets for immediate pleasures?

Most of the stolen wealth from our national treasuries are used to buy immediate pleasures and non-revenue-yielding liabilities overseas and locally. On which roads will a Nigerian drive a Rolls Royce phantom? Most of the monies that our young people make from internet fraud are spent on conspicuous consumption and primitive display of stupidity.

7. It’s the spirit of Esau that prevents many Africans from building enduring family businesses. Thank God Esau stopped hunting and settled down to build his own wealth.

8. Esau was a dirty fellow with body odour.

His dirty clothes were in his mother’s house. The father even testified to his bushman’s odour.

When you see dirty fellows and dirty environments, that’s the outward sign of the spirit of Esau; look around and everything about Esau will be present.

9. It was what Esau despised that was eventually processed to steal his blessings.

We export cocoa and buy processed chocolate with foreign exchange. We have refineries and crude oil, but we import refined products that gulp a large proportion of our national wealth.

10. Children who prefer to work for others instead of helping their parents build their family businesses are manifesting the spirit of Esau.

Check Lebanese, Indians, Jews, and several Asian families the build and expand their family businesses. There is no scarcity of opinions and excuses. Views are as abundant as air, but wisdom is scarce.

Esau learnt from pain and recovered, but his attitude is not God’s choice.

God Bless You.

Esau Stopped Being A Hunter

We continue on the transformation of Esau after considering the study on The Spirit of Esau in The Spirit of EsauWhy did God hate Esau?The Spirit of Esau and Legacy, and The Spirit Of Esau And Recklessness, and lastly, The Seed Of Esau—Would you have forgiven Jacob?

This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom). Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite— also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth. Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel, and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan. Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob. Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.

Genesis 36:1-8.

In the passage above, the Bible records the following facts.

1. Esau had a great family.

2. Esau’s children became kings before the children of Israel.

3. He acquired animals and livestock.

4. He acquired goods in Canaan.

5. Their possessions were too great for them to remain together such that the land could not contain two of them.

6. Esau had to move away from Jacob.

I respect the transformation that took place in Esau.  He learnt from his mistakes.

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Any day you are ready to make amends to your life, God is ready to bless you materially and otherwise, too.

However, the choice between Esau and Jacob is beyond material wealth; it was about through whom the nation of Israel will emerge—a people He would call His own, icons of a reference point, and eventually, the salvation of humanity. The salvation was Jesus, which is the greatest choice any human can make even above material wealth and the desires of the flesh, the greatest reconciliation and forgiveness that can take place, and the best relationship between God and humanity.

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In the final study on the Spirit of Esau, we’ll look at Don’t Tell The Children—The Spirit Of Esau.

God Bless You.

Don’t Tell The Children—The Spirit Of Esau

With this post, we’ll be concluding this series on the The Spirit of Esau. Previously, we’ve looked at The Spirit of EsauWhy did God hate Esau?The Spirit of Esau and Legacy, and The Spirit Of Esau And Recklessness, The Seed Of Esau—Would you have forgiven Jacob?, and Esau Stopped Being A Hunter.

Esau reconciled with Jacob, but before then, about twenty years must have passed. A lot of bridges must have passed under the waters. Edom or Esau must have told his children about the wrong that Jacob, his brother, did to him. His wives must have narrated the stories of their deceptive uncle to the children with a lot of exaggerations and amplification.

It is very dangerous to do evil within a family, even though evil is bad. Never ever take undue advantage of a family member.

In Numbers 20:14-21Moses sent messengers to the King of Edom with the same language their ancestor, Jacob, used, “This is what your brother, Israel, says: . . .” However, the brotherhood had been destroyed by years of anger, even though Jacob and Esau had reconciled. The King of Edom denied Israel the right of passage and came out with a large and strong army, ready to fight them, unlike the 400 men their ancestor, Esau, came to meet Jacob with.

In 2 Samuel 8:13-14David killed 18,000 Edomites and he made all Edomites subject to him.

The rivalry culminated with reign of  the Herod dynasty. King Herod the Great was scared of the emergence of a new king when the wise men told him of a new born king. He subsequently ordered the killing of several Jewish children. In Acts 12:1-6, there is a continuation of the same anger and enmity between Jacob and Esau.

It is true that the children of Esau became kings before the children of Israel, but the King of kings is a descendant of Jacob. That was the blessing and the choice. 

However, it is instructive to note that we must avoid family enmity that goes beyond us to our children. The rule is: Don’t tell the children; let the hurt end with us.

Esau can forgive Jacob, but who knows what the descendants will do to themselves.

God Bless You.

The Seed Of Esau—Would you have forgiven Jacob?

In previous studies on the Spirit of Esau, we’ve looked at The Spirit of EsauWhy did God hate Esau?The Spirit of Esau and Legacy, and The Spirit Of Esau And Recklessness. We continue now with the Seed of Esau.

Text: Genesis 33:1-18

This is one of the most dramatic chapters in the Bible. It is also one of the most challenging to me.

Jacob had gotten Esau’s birthright and blessings by Esau’s recklessness and the connivance of Rebekah with Jacob. Jacob was so scared of meeting Esau after about 20 years. They should be in their sixties by now because Esau was more than forty years old when his blessing was stolen. Jacob laboured for fourteen years for his two wives. He also later laboured for his flocks.

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From the passage above, Jacob had used all strategies in his arsenal to ensure that Esau was pacified and that he would not lose all his wealth and household at once. He sent a lot of gifts ahead to pacify Esau. Most importantly, he prayed to God for divine intervention. The sight of Esau coming with four hundred men was very intimidating and unsettling.

Note the following:

1. Jacob bowed down seven times as he approached his brother.

There are some things that cannot be taken from you. An elder brother is an elder brother no matter his foolishness and mistakes.

2. Life must have also taught Jacob a tough lesson.

Despite the birthright he took and the deception to steal Esau’s blessing, he still had to suffer a great deal. Human efforts and deceptive practices to help God actualize His promises in our lives only create more complications and problems for us. Jacob should have allowed God to fulfill His promise His own way. After all, Jacob was in the womb when God chose him over Esau.

That was the same approach Abraham and Sarah used, and Ishmael was born with all the problems then, and even now.

3. It was Esau that ran to meet Jacob

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. Genesis 33:4

He ran to meet Jacob, embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept. I can imagine the built-up emotions of about 20 years bursting the emotional dam in tears. I imagine how close to a thousand people would stand, watching the greatest reconciliation and forgiveness they had ever seen. This is the seed of Esau. All I had written previously in this series of studies were the thorns. There was this great seed in Esau despite the thorns around him. God respected this very act because, later, Jehovah instructed Israel that He would not give them a foot of Edomite territory in their exodus from Egypt.

 


Can you forgive Jacob if you were Esau?

God is a great healer, but time is also a great healer.

 

 

I already have plenty, my brother, keep what you have to yourself. Genesis 33:9


Even though Jacob stole Esau’s birthright and blessing, there was no significant difference between them. The choice of God was spiritual, not necessarily material. It should also be noticed that as important as the blessings of your father and general overseer are, there are key principles about life that determine the outcome of life.

Esau pleaded for only one blessing left from the father. I don’t know if what Jacob said in Genesis 27:36-40 was a blessing, a curse, or a prophetic utterance. Esau made the best of the little bit (the deposit of God) left in his life. He nurtured the seed in his thorn seed.

Imagine him coming with four hundred men; this does not include their wives and children. Esau must have had close to 1,000 persons in his household. How was he feeding them?

He told Jacob that he was rich and had plenty.

If a man, “hated” by God and who sold his birthright, can say, “I have plenty” there is no tangible reason why you should be blaming anyone, enemies, ancestral curses, altars, and old women for the reasons why you have not done well.

In the next post, we’ll look at Esau Stopped Being a Hunter.

God Bless You.

The Spirit Of Esau And Recklessness

In this series of posts on the Spirit of Esau, we’ve looked at The Spirit of Esau, Why did God hate Esau?, and The Spirit of Esau and Legacy. We continue with a look at Esau’s Recklessness.

Text: Genesis 26:34

When Esau was 40 years old he married two Hittite women contrary to the instructions of his grandfather. They became a source of distress to Isaac and Rebekah.

Recklessness is the spirit of Esau. God hates a reckless lifestyle.

Today, in Isoko land in southern Nigeria, men are marrying two women at once. And they are very local men, with no substance. Recently, four brothers married at once. Two of them married two women each. I was wondering if they know the consequences of their actions?

I bought land from several families in my community. One family built a house with their money. One of them bought a car that is very problematic to repair. Today, he is a shadow of himself. The car is parked; he now does transport with a motorbike. One young man that inherited so many plots of land in the same community sold nearly everything and spent the money drinking and getting into trouble. He is like a fair-skinned mobile skeleton.

A reckless marriage is filled with thorns. You must definitely get pricked.

Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; so he went to Ishmaeland married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had. Genesis 28:6-9.

The recklessness of Esau was further exemplified by his decision to marry an additional wife from the family of Ishmael. It took him time to realize how displeased his marriages were to his parents only after Jacob was told not to marry like him. It must be very clear by now that Jacob did not rush into marriage like Esau; he took his time. Jacob, though, had his own challenges; he had to definitely pay for his deception by being deceived by the brother of Rebekah, his coach. Ironically, Rebekah died before Jacob returned; she did not eat the fruit of her deception.

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Esau failed to do a SWOT analysis.

Israel was going to be a nation surrounded by enemies. In fact, history is replete with stories of battles the nation had to fight till date. Israel never forgets history and never removes her eyes from any existential threat. Please note that I’m doing an unbiased analysis of events and relating therm to contemporary events. A SWOT analysis is a deliberate and regular analysis of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. It is a very realistic, deliberate, and factual analysis; not an imaginary one like church folks do.

Esau should have been conscious of the story of their birth. The fight in the womb was, most probably, instigated by Jacob. Having known of the story of Jacob grabbing his heel to prevent him from coming out before him, he should have known how to live his life.

Rahab, the harlot, was very conscious of her environment. She sensed danger immediately one of her customers downed his drink quickly and left in a hurry. She acted proactively by hiding the spies on the roof of her house. She prepared her story, negotiations, and escape plans for the spies, and mobilized her family. She fully maximized her moments as I wrote in Maximizing Moments; no wonder Jehovah chose her. She became the great grandmother of Boaz, from where Jesus came from.

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Esau should have sensed that his mother did not like him. If you are not cautious about your existential threats, you are a fool like Esau.

Even when his blessing was stolen, his parents became aware of his plans to kill Jacob after the mourning period for his father. Imagine Esau now planning!

It is written here that Esau said to himself. How then did the mother hear about his plot? He must have said it aloud and someone heard, without realizing that walls have ears, according to Ngugi Nwationgo in his book “Weep Not Child”.


Esau had a dysfunctional family and lifestyle.

Why was Esau cooking for himself when he had two wives? Why were his best clothes in his mother’s house at the age of close to 50 years? Genesis 27:15.

Esau Had Body Odour

He smelt like the bush (Genesis 27:27). Is it possible his mother was still washing his clothes because of the very predictable quarrels he was having with his wives? I know several men like Esau, who are dysfunctional and dirty; most times, they are grossly irresponsible, reckless, and dependent upon parents to do things for them, even in marriage.

An individual, who always depends on people to help him/her handle his/her responsibilities, and clean up the mess they leave behind, is like Esau. When you recklessly give birth to children and you expect people to take care of them for you, you are like Esau. When you fail to read your books and attend classes, and you expect people to aid you in exam malpractice, you are like Esau. If you get people to collaborate with you and rig elections, you are like Esau, Those who collaborate with you are like Rebekah; they have a price to pay too.

I know reckless women who don’t cook at home and are very dirty.


Esau Was Not Prepared For Opportunity

When the day for him to receive his blessing came, he had no capacity to harness the opportunity; he had no bush meat at home. His life of probability and chance happenings prevented him from preparing for the future. His reckless lifestyle, lack of value for reserves, and his abandonment of his covenant inheritance as a shepherd prevented him from getting his blessings. Ironically, the meat his father ate were from within the inheritance. He sold his acre of diamonds in pursuit of bush meat.

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We shall subsequently look at the good part of Esau. Remember he was a thorn seed. There was the remnant of God in him, though; only that the seed was surrounded by thorns.

Africa has been behaving like Esau for a long time. Nearly everything is done by outsiders for us. The AU building in Addis Ababa was built and donated by China, we go for treatment in India, we train our senior military officers overseas. Our roads and bridges are constructed by foreigners. We like foreign guest preachers more than our more anointed African preachers. Almost everything, even to maintaining our refineries, is done by others. We import fuel from outside Nigeria after exporting the crude oil. We export cocoa and import chocolate. We export rubber and import common erasers. Our presidential candidates must travel to USA, UK, and France to address conferences and meet presidents before they can lead our people.

God deliver us from the spirit of Esau.

In the next post, we’ll look at The Seed of Esau—Would you have forgiven Jacob?

God Bless You.

The Spirit of Esau and Legacy

In the series on the study of Esau, we’ve looked at The Spirit Of Esau and Why Did God Hate Esau. We continue the study looking at how Esau treated family legacies.

As said earlier on, the covenant inheritance that Esau had as occupational blessing was animal husbandry. It is noteworthy that even Pharaoh’s attempt to separate them from their animals was resisted by Moses.

Each family has an inherent occupational seed with which God blessed them. The Rothschild family have been trading in gold for the past 200 years plus. The Bush dynasty have been in public service for more than four generations. 

There are principles and processes that each family is blessed with. The Jews have been involved in the banking industry for years. There are families where you have up to four generations of clergymen. To ignore that family seed and go on a wild-goose chase is the spirit of Esau. There was a great American preacher and missionary who owned a University. His son decided to join a secular band to play music round the United States of America. He was a great source of distress to the family.

When you visit the Niger Delta, you see old parents whose businesses are dying before the death of the founding fathers. A lot of their children are overseas in pursuit of fantasies. An oldest child, who is not interested in the legacy of the family, is like Esau. Today, many parents in the Niger Delta are scared to send their children overseas.

The African elite and politicians are like Esau. They prefer to invest our wealth overseas, buy buildings in Dubai, while their communities are underdeveloped. Thank God for Aliko Dangote, Micheal Otedola, Mo Ibrahim, and a few others.

It is ironic to note that Isaac, who spent so much efforts reopening the wells of Abraham, encouraged Esau because of his appetite for wild animals. Rebekah, who watered camels as her interview for marriage to Isaac, loved Jacob. Remember, she had to fetch 1200 liters of water to qualify for marriage to Isaac. Remember also that the marriages Jacob contracted were from taking care of animals, and take notice of the fact that his wealth increased from the flocks of Laban. A lot of the animals Isaac had were trans-generational blessings from Abraham as covenant rewards.

As a preacher, school proprietor, medical doctor, and businessman, it grieves my spirit if any of my children seems to despise what God has blessed my family with. The level of poverty and underdevelopment and even unemployment are interwoven with this phenomenon of neglect of legacy and pursuit of wild game.


Esau, A Man Without Reserves

Esau went to hunt and came back hungry. Does it mean he never had reserve bush-meat at home?

Esau is the kind of person that finishes his resources and never plans for the future. They are the kind of people who will squander their resources when they are young and become dependent on people when they are older; such people never plan for the future. They live for the moment. They want to eat their cake and eat your own. They have no savings, and they always create emergencies for others. Why will you wait for your wife to give birth before you start begging for money to discharge her from the hospital? 

I always wonder why people expect people to bury their parents for them. You should anticipate that an 80-year-old parent can pass away any time. A man signed the cheque for his burial expense before he died. He gave explicit instructions about his burial including time allocation and hymns to be sung.

I got married at 26 during my national service without financial assistance from anyone. I paid my bills.

Esau lived a reckless lifestyle, although he later adjusted. The core issue with Esau was value system.


Esau Lacked Foresight

Abraham refused free land from Ephron to bury his wife, Sarah. So he bought the present Hebron and buried her in the cave of Macpelah, and ensured he collect a receipt for the the transaction in the presence of witnesses. He foresaw today and the struggle for land in the present-day Israel and the Middle East. Did Esay not realize, far in advance, that wild animals will become progressively more difficult to kill with depletion? That is the reason, I suspect, he came late from hunting and Isaac, who was at home, quickly presented the meal Rebekah prepared to Isaac.

Africans don’t plan ahead; that’s why we go late to ceremonies. We are used to living the lifestyle of probability and accepting interruptions of our schedule by Esaus. Why must African nations always borrow from developed nations to fund their development projects and even their wasteful spending? A people that depend on foreign aid will not have self respect. Esau had no self respect.

The developed economies think far ahead of their development needs. We are very disorganized in Nigeria because we live and plan like Esau. Nearly everything, including ATMs, are in limited supply. Why must people stand in line to cash money from an ATM even in suburban areas in Nigeria? Why wouldn’t we plan ahead for the retirement benefits of a civil servant who has served his nation for more than 30 years?


Esau Was A Desperado.

Why must you despise your birthright for a meal?

I know a young lady from a great aristocratic family who got pregnant for a young man outside wedlock. She forfeited all the glamour, gifts, respect, and positions she would have occupied for illicit sex. Today, she is passing through stress. She should have been patient.

One day of hunger would not have killed Esau. Why did he not go to the mother’s house to eat? After all, even after marriage, his mother was still keeping his clothes.

A young lady was adopted by a couple and sent to university. She despised the opportunity and ran after a wild and adventurous life. She missed the golden opportunity. She will regret it in old age.

Never ever sell your future for present temporary needs.

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He Ate And Drank And Went Away.

Esau was given more than he asked for. He asked for lentil stew, but Jacob gave him bread and wine in addition. Jacob insisted that he signed off his birthright to him. He did not care. That’s how our ancestors sold our people into slavery because of mirrors, tobacco, alcoholic drinks, and clothes. That’s how we sell our people in auctions in Lybia. That’s why we are ready to die in the dessert and in the Mediterranean sea in other to become slaves in Europe. That’s why a rich man’s wife can have sex with her husband’s driver who takes drugs to bang her. That’s why we accept bribes from foreigners and sell our common wealth to them. Africans are known to sign the most stupid deals between foreign investors.

That’s why individuals will steal money meant to buy ammunition to fight Boko Haram. Our soldiers are killed because they use obsolete equipment. If a ragtag rebel group can have modern equipment, what is wrong with us as a people? sometimes, provision for basic things like water are not even made.

In the next post, we’ll look at The Spirit of Esau and Reckless Marriages.

God Bless You.

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Why Did God Hate Esau?

In the first post in this series, we looked at the historical context behind the birth of Esau and Jacob to Isaac, and that despite the fact that he had the blessings of his father, Abraham, there were still some recurring challenges he had to overcome.

WHY DID GOD HATE ESAU?

  1. Esau was a typology and a spirit that God hates.
  2. It is within His sovereignty to decide to illustrate a point with any person.
  3. God can see into the future even before our conception. He told Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in thy mother’s womb, I knew you and set you apart as a prophet”.
  4. Your prayer should be that, by God’s divine mercy, you should not be the object for an inglorious illustration.

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image source: https://nowthinkaboutit.com/2011/10/sovereign-choice-jacob-and-esau/

What does “hate” mean here?

According to Doug Hershey, writing for Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries, hate, here, is not a strong distasteful anger towards Esau, but an issue of choice and preferences—delight and displeasure. According to Doug Hershey, the Hebrew language is pictographic, that is words are represented by pictorial symbols. Looking at the word, hate, etymologically, the Hebrew word, “sane” (or saw-nay as pronounced) is depicted as a seed and thorns. So Esau was seen as a thorn seed. He was a godly deposit surrounded by tiny prickly thorns that can injure you in your attempt to get close to the seed. It means the preference to avoid pain and injury.

When I was in Kenya, fences in some areas were with thorny shrubs with sharp pricks. Even lions were afraid of those thorns, because if their paws or eyes are injured by those thorns, they might die from the inability to hunt or run fast.

In Urhobo language it might mean akenomakeh (which means to avoid something or someone), or egbobonyen (to be negated or dumped), or ayanjovwoh (to be ignored, neglected, abandoned, or left alone or left behind).

Isaac was preferred to Ishmael, but God still blessed Ishmael and his descendants. Even Esau was not poor after all he passed through; he told Jacob to keep his gifts because God had blessed him.

So what was the issue? It was about today. God wanted to raise a nation like Israel and a resilient, powerful, productive, and intelligent people like the Jews.

Jacob is a typology of the Nation of Israel.

Just as Jacob was struggling with Esau in the womb, so the nation of Israel has been fighting with the Edomites, the descendants of Esau and the descendants of Ishmael and other nations that threaten her existence. It is seen in the anger against the church.


What is the Spirit of Esau?

1. I-don’t-care mentality

Jacob, right from the womb, had a spirit that refused to accept things the way they were. He was always in the pursuit of a better deal and managing opportunities. He bargained for Esau’s birthright and, by implication, his inheritance.

Jacob did not like to settle for less. He laboured for extra 7 years to get Rachael, his best deal. He demanded for his compensations for all the years he had laboured. “Is it not time I should have flocks of my own?“, he asked.

2. Esau didn’t have a consciousness of his territory

This does not sound religiously correct, but in Kingdom principles, you don’t give up territories and positions just like that. Christians in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, are very naive about this territorial contention and need for dominance and control of resources and power.

The Fulani-herdsmen crisis and the control of juicy government positions in the Buhari Government just opened their eyes to sociological reality.

Esau would not have been able to contend with the enemies Jacob—by implication, Israel, as a race—had contended with.

3. He had a probabilistic and fast-lifestyle mentality.

Esau lived a deviant and probabilistic life. Jacob was described as being quiet and dwelt amongst the tents.

Why did Esau decide to become a hunter? They have been shepherds all their lives. It is more stable and predictable to rear animals at home than to shoot and kill animals. Esau was wild and loved the lifestyle of the immediate gratification. It is even a life of immediate gratification without due process. To shoot a deer is far easier than to wait for a sheep or goat to mature.

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That is the fast lifestyle responsible for today’s criminality in Nigeria. Fraudsters in Nigeria want to steal money from your account without knowing how hard you worked to save that money. That’s why our students don’t want to read, but they prefer to cheat in examinations. Learning and studies are too tedious and will take too much effort and time.

It is a life of probability and chance happenings. The Nigerian church is an ‘Esauic’ church. Our churches condition our people to hope, expectations, the sudden happening, and the big windfall, without due process. That’s why we like prophecy, the miraculous, the outsourcing of responsibility, and blame game.

We blamed (and still blame) the colonial masters. Now we blame demons, ancestors, old men and women in our villages, etc.

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When you see an agricultural consultant, without a farm of his own, always waiting for a chance consultancy service, he/she is like Esau.

In the next post, we’ll look at The Spirit of Esau and Legacy.

God Bless You.

The Spirit Of Esau

This post will be a first in a series on a comprehensive study on Esau.

Scriptural References:

And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Malachi 1:3  

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Romans 9:13

Genesis 26:19-34, Genesis 26:34, Hebrew 12:14-17, Genesis 27:15

Please endeavour to read all the other scriptural references above.


Historical context

Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, was having difficulty in becoming pregnant just like Sarah, her mother-in-law, and Isaac prayed for her and she became pregnant. Rebekah’s marriage to Isaac was divinely approved because Isaac’s servant prayed and she met all the conditions set by the servant in his prayer. It should also be noted that Isaac was a seed of promise and that Abraham, his father, feared the Lord. Thirdly, Isaac received the blessings of Abraham. You must notice that Isaac still had his fair share of problems and challenges even though he was favoured and had all the blessings.

Isaac had problems similar to those of his father, Abraham. They included migration, hostility, famine, and marital and family challenges. It is self-delusion to imagine that because you are a Christian that you will not have challenges. It is also religious delusion to think that because your church had a theme or slogan for the year that you will not have problems; it is a fantasy that might make you get discouraged if reality dawns on you.

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A lot of the new year declarations during crossover nights do not prevent the challenges of life if God does not help you based on your personal faith, planning, and approach to life.

A lot of people enter each year with religious sloganeering and, sometimes, borrowed presumptuous faith on their general overseers. Having been a preacher for some years in different denominations, I find people who, over time, have become hopelessly confused.

There might be generationally repetitive problems or challenges; it does not mean there are family altars or curses. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had problems with wives that were barren; it was not due to demons or wicked people.

Lucky Dube rightly said that people have always had problems since the Pope was an altar boy and that people have always had problems since the Red Sea was only a creek.

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Jehovah deliberately left some people in the Promised Land to teach the Children of Israel the art of war. Do not think that challenges are necessarily a punishment for sin. Even though they can be the consequences of wrong choices and decisions, thank God we have a father who hears our faintest cries and He cares.

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God answered Isaac’s prayer and she conceived and bore twins. But while the children were in the womb and had not sinned, God loved Jacob and hated Esau.

Why did God hate Esau?

In the next post we’ll look at some reasons why.

God Bless You.