Jacob I loved

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

The Big Question

Why had God judged Esau so harshly in comparison to his brother Jacob even from the womb where God declared that the older would serve the younger?

The Name Adam

An important key to answer this question is found in the beginning of the bible in the book of Genesis. The word of God tells us that the Lord made Adam out of the dust of the earth. The word Adam in the Hebrew language means dust and the root word is for the color red. This may reflect the red soil from which Adam was made.

Now some time later, the patriarch Isaac prayed to the Lord because his wife was barren, and Rebekah became pregnant. Genesis 25:24-25 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was a hairy garment; (or cloak made of hair in Hebrew) so they named him Esau. Esau comes from the root word in Hebrew meaning to press or to squeeze.

In Genesis 25:33 Esau sells his birthright for a bowl of red stew from his younger brother Jacob. So, from that time on he was called Edom, meaning red (Adam). His name Esau and Edom are used interchangeably throughout the bible.

The Two Nations

The bible tells us he despised his birthright and he became the father of the Edomite’s and the nation of Edom. Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He hated him. Genesis 27:41 He said to himself, “the days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Not only did he want to kill his brother, but he made sure that he dishonored his father Isaac by marrying a Canaanite women, the daughter of Ishmael . He knew this would be very displeasing to his father. Following the traditions of his father and worshiping his father’s God was not what he had in mind. As a matter of fact he did everything he could to dishonor the God of his father. Esau prostituted his name by taking wives from the women of Canaan. Esau managed to rebel directly against the command of God to not marry a foreigner .

While still in the womb, the brothers representing two nations jostled within Rebekah. The conflict remaining in Israel today originates from that same struggle. The spirit of Esau still hates his brother and wants to destroy him because of the fathers’ blessing. Esau was one who claimed to love God and yet hate his brother. This has been what the enemies of Israel have done and continue to do to try to squeeze Israel from its inheritance.

This spirit which claims to love God yet hate his brother has been around from the beginning of time. Even Cain despised his brother because God accepted his brothers’ offering. He killed him and spilled his blood on the ground. That spilled blood cried out for vengeance which is why the blood of Jesus speaks of a better word which is forgiveness and reconciliation to the father (Heb. 12:24 ).

Hatred for a brother masks the true issue which is rebellion towards the father. Esau hated his brother but the truth is that he hated the father more. His rebellion was towards the father’s household. He causes division and dissension among the brothers to bring revenge on the father for the blessing of one son over the other. The same spirit in Esau remains today in those who rebel against the command of God to love your bother and instead choose “in the name of God” to kill him, just as the Pharisees did to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, their brother.

The Two Spirits

This spirit of division and hatred still continues today. The nation of Israel finds itself with enemies who want to destroy it but they will find that just as God protected Jacob and changed his name to Israel; He will defend him and his nation from his enemies. God has a word for those who come against Israel. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, those of understanding in the mountains of Esau? Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau’s mountains will be cut down in the slaughter. Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever” Obadiah 8-10.

It is hatred for the brothers that causes these wars but Jesus is the answer to the conflict in the Middle East, and Jesus is the answer for every gentile nation. The spirit of Esau was very evident in the death of Jesus. His brothers being jealous, hated him for the favor of God in his life, and they nailed him to the cross in the most violent and hateful way. After his death they believed it was over, but the spilled blood of Jesus on the ground made way for those who believe in Him to be reconciled back to the Father. Jesus’ blood speaks a word of forgiveness toward the Father for all those who receive Him.

Rebellion and defiance to the father is the underlying root of all Esau’s bitterness and hatred for his brother. The ultimate objective is to divide the father’s house by killing his brother. Many still would like to say that its only hatred toward a brother, but it is the fruit of being a hater of God.

Present Day Divisions

Still today, many rise up in the name of God to destroy churches, reputations and bring divisions to the church or the house of God. They have exalted themselves above the law of God. They try to take on a role of God and they execute judgement and bring in their vengeance calling themselves godly yet bypass God’s authority, His word, and His power. Phil. 3:19 their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things .Titus 1:16 they claim to know god, but by their actions they deny him. This is the first Adam, the red man, the man of earth and not the man of spirit. This is the spirit of Esau who hated his brother; this is also the same spirit on Cain who killed his brother. Today, this is the spirit of the antichrist who killed the man Jesus but could not kill the spirit of the Father in him.

The blood of Jesus has been shed and every man will be judged for every word and deed done in the name of God. 1John 2:9-10 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in darkness. 1 John 3:12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother And why did he murder him: because his own actions were evil and his brother‘s were righteous. 1 John 3:15 anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

Revelations – The Future

The fate of Edom is revealed in the final book of Revelations who is depicted as a red horse. This horse appears bringing with him much shedding of blood and will be used to bring judgment on all those who are have not been covered by the blood of Jesus. It is similar to when the angel of death passed through Egypt and did not touch the houses whose doors were covered in blood. However, in end it will be Almighty God who will stop him and shed his blood and put an end to his rebellion.

Jesus will save all those who by the blood of Jesus have reconciled to the father. Rev. 6:12-17 “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth the princes, the generals the rich and mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called the mountains and the rocks, “fall on us and hide us from the face him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come and who can stand?”
This passage tell us of a terrible day when those who are covered with sackcloth made of goat hair will invade much of the earth. The darkness that they bring will seem as if the sun has turned black and the moon turned blood red. The red color represents the man Edom (the earthly man, the man of rebellion) whose skin is red and his coat hairy black.

Rev. 19:11-16 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, who’s rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a cloak dipped in blood and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “ he will rule them with an iron scepter:. He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his cloak and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Jesus is the rider of the white horse. He will tread the wine press. This is a reflection of the word Esau (red) which its root word is to press. Jesus is coming back and will separate those who will inherit eternal life and those who will experience his fury and his wrath. On this day he will separate the sheep from the goats.

Esau was red when he was born and had a dark coat of hair covering his red skin. His coat was similar to the dark hairy goats that are raised in Israel. Jesus comes with a sackcloth white as snow like the coat of a sheep. This was the lamb that was slain in the beginning. It was symbolically the animal skins that were used to clothe Adam and Eve. This act spoke of the Lamb of God who would come to clothe all those who received him with white coats. (The Transfiguration) Though your sins be as red as crimson they shall be as white as snow. Esau or Edom is the earthly man the man of sin. The man who refuses God’s grace the one who rebels against the Father.

Today, there still exists a people who come against the Father and his commands. The spirit of Edom continues to divide and destroy. Its objective is to taint the true worship of the Father by slander, hatred of the brethren, and destruction of the church and bring division of the brothers. They infiltrate the sheep’s pen and they defy god’s laws, speak a form of godliness and yet deny its power. However, it is clear that the Father says “my sheep here my voice.” The goats hear only their voices, their desires and their god is their stomach. They do as they please and have sold their birthright for lack of discipline to the word of God.

The Father will come back and will deal harshly with Edom.  He will in the end gather all the sheep and bring them back into the pen where they will dwell in safety.

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20 Comments on “Jacob I loved”

  1. Mollie Steffen

    In reading this article there is such a distinction the Lord has made from the beginning of time and will make once again when he returns for his beloved bride the church of Jesus Christ.

    “Behold I’m coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city”. Revelation 12-14

    The Lord is coming back for a people who look like him, who’s sins have been washed as white as snow, who have chosen to be set apart holy like Jacob for the living God. The reward will be giving to those who have said “Follow my example, as I follow Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1.

    I like in the article towards the end where it speaks about the separation of the goats and the sheep. The sheep that have gone astray will be gathered from afar, and he shall bring us home safely to dwell with the Father. I’m so thankful to be in the house of God and everyday get to know him more. We are his sheep that hear his sweet voice.

    God’s judgment is upon the earth now. Esau was about division and trying to infiltrate the true worship of the almighty God. He had hatred, jealousy, and anger in his heart towards his brother Jacob. In God’s house we are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, just as the greatest example was given unto us on the cross. God took the penalty; shed his blood, so that we may worship and testify of almighty king who is alive, powerful, transforming, and eternal.

    “Just as the Father has loved me, I have loved you; abide in my love.” John 15:9 Thank you Father for your love for us that is so powerful and unfathomable.

  2. Stephanie Sheehan

    The Lord Jesus Christ has given himself for us to redeem us from all the wickedness and to purify for himself a PEOPLE that are his very own, eager to do what is GOOD. We have been taught many times that when the lord says ‘good’ He is referring to that which is serving its purpose in accordance to the will of God. So then, the people He purifies to do good- God has given a command, “And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”.
    The people of God are commanded to love one another, and the Word even says that the people of God can be distinguished from those who stand opposed to The Lord; We are distinguished by the love we have for one another, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”. This makes it very clear that anyone who does not love his brother or sister does not love God.
    As this article has so powerfully and transparently put it, the objective of the Esau spirit is to, ” taint the true worship of the Father by slander, hatred of the brethren, and destruction of the church and bring division of the brothers. They infiltrate the sheep’s pen and they defy god’s laws, speak a form of godliness and yet deny its power.”.
    The power of God is love and it is unity. We become one people with one God, brought to complete unity- that the world would see the power of God.
    John 17: 20-23
    20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

  3. Katie Orlando

    Reading this reminds me of our reading in Malachi 1:2-3 a few weeks ago: “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” Jacob was chosen and loved by God, but Esau despised God and made sure he would rebel against God in everything he did. He hated that Jacob was chosen and received the blessing he could have inherited as the firstborn son, but gave up because he sold that birthright. We can see today, as it was written above, that there are those who claim to know the Lord but prove by their actions the opposite. Thankfully, our God is a God of justice, who exposes the difference and keeps His people-His sheep-safe.

    I love the last lines of this post, that the Lord will come back and judge all of Edom and all who have that spirit within them, but will bring His sheep to His side in safety. I am so thankful that God has called us to the same blessings and love that He bestowed upon Jacob and that He has chosen us to be His people, set apart for Him! I am so thankful that this past Sunday we learned about being a rebel against sin, pride, and selfishness-all characteristics of Esau, and being a rebel for God, to follow God’s discipline and love, that He has so graciously shown through our Pastors, Jerry and Janeth Santiago. I am so thankful that through the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we are transformed from being goats to being sheep who follow the Lord! His love is so amazing! Thank You, Lord, for loving us!

  4. Jessica Lefler

    This article shows clearly the distinction the Lord has made from the beginning of time and will make at the end of days between those who love Him and those who hate Him. As I read this article I see the clear dividing line between the two spirits. The spirit of Esau may seem to love God, after all, he was part of Isaac’s family, but when we look at his actions, the truth of what was really in his heart: rebellion and hatred is revealed as we see that his father was Satan, the god of this world. This spirit is deserving only of wrath and has no inheritance in the kingdom of God.
    God searches the hearts of man to find those who are for him, his sheep washed by his blood, and those who are against him, the goats who hate God’s ways and serve their own evil desires.

    Those who love God obey His command to love God and love one another and will put to death the deeds of the flesh. The fruit of those who love God is evident: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).

    Those who hate God and rebel against his ways, obey their fleshly desires and their fruit is clear: “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” Galatians 5:19-21.

    God’s judgment is coming and is already here, the distinction is being made. Praise God for the blood of Jesus that washes away all of the redness of rebellion and hatred, the sins of Adam and Esau that were as red as crimson, and makes us white like snow. Through Jesus’ blood we become sheep and His sheep hear his voice and follow Him! Amen!

  5. janet munchel

    As it is written, Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated. Romans 9:13
    There is probably no better example of Gods sovereignty in the bible, than this.
    As I read this teaching, I was overwhelmed by Gods love and goodness towards ​each one of us.
    God is the potter, we are the clay. God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy.
    And YET God demonstrates His love for us, yet while we were sinners!
    The only difference, and it is HUGE, in Esau’s life and ours, is Gods sovereign purpose.
    It’s amazing that God would choose us to be ” a CHOSEN PEOPLE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD,
    A HOLY NATION, GODS SPECIAL POSSESSION that we may declare the praises of HIM who called us out of darkness into His wonderful ligh​t​.”​ 1 Peter 2:9​
    Thank you God, for your great love for us.​ May we live to glorify your Name!!​

    ” Give thanks to the lord for He is good;
    His love endures forever!”

  6. Lauren Brandt

    This reminds me of Matthew 25:31-46. It speaks of the end times when Jesus will come back and gather his beloved to himself and judge the spirit of Esau. Verse 32 says: All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

    He goes on to say that those on his right, the sheep, will be blessed by his Father, to take their inheritance, the kingdom that has been prepared from the beginning of time for them. He says that they fed him, gave him drink, clothed him, took care of him when he was sick, invited him in when he was alone. 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
    He responds: 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    To those on his left, the goats, it is the opposite. He will call them cursed and send them into the fire prepared for them. They did not feed him, care for him, or cloth him.
    44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
    45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    Interesting fact about goats is that meatpackers will train an old goat to lead sheep into the pens to be slaughtered. This goat is called the “Judas” goat. The spirit of Esau comes into the church to cause dissension, division and hatred. It says it hates the brother but really it is hatred for God. Jesus says in these verses plain and simple… the way you love and care for a brother is a reflection of your love for me. You cannot have one without the other.

    It is true that God will come and judge the spirit of Esau, the goats, harshly. But for the sheep who followed His sweet voice, loved Him and the brethren, there is an inheritance waiting for them that has been prepared from the beginning of time. Praise God!

  7. John Durar

    While reading this article, I can see the how the spirit of Esau was at work in the past and now in the present. In the beginning, Adam was given the command to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and he broke that command when he the fruit with wife Eve. By breaking that command, he showed that he didn’t love God because if you love God you will obey him. He also showed he didn’t love his wife Eve either because if he did he wouldn’t have broken the command and gotten them banished from paradise where God was. He didn’t really want to walk with God or be with God but wanted to be separated from God and be his own god since he knew God said he would die if he ate the fruit. Death is separation from God since being in death is being in sin. This same hatred and separation transferred to Cain as he hated how God rejected his sinful offering and killed his brother Abel and God drove him from his presence just like he did Adam and Eve. And the same for Esau since he too hated God and sinned against him by taking Canaanite wives and trying to kill Jacob and then separated himself from his family and God by going off forming the nation of Edom. All these men hated God and had no desire to be with him but to be separated from him. The same is seen today because of the Spirit of Esau that has descended to all mankind and has caused men to be lovers of themselves and haters of God, separating themselves from him.
    But praise God that he has sent Jesus to us that we may return to him and be united with him once more! Praise him, that we can walk with him every single day and have the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Love and come against and overcome the spirit of Esau, the spirit of hate! Praise him, that we can truly be in unity and be his body by the power of his Holy Spirit and love!

  8. Rob Case

    Reading this article reminded me of 1 John 4:20 when Jesus said, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
    It’s easy to say, “I love God”, but loving your Christian brother or sister actually proves it. In fact, the Bible says that the world will know that we belong to the Lord by the love we have for one another. And this love is not what the world calls “love.” It is the love that Jesus himself has loved us with… a holy, righteous, and godly love.
    I’m grateful to the Lord for our Pastors Jerry and Janeth Santiago and our church who have not only said that they love God, but have actually proved it by their love for me and my family.

  9. Charles Ellis

    After reading this, I see Adam forsaking his inheritance much like Esau did when he ate the apple in the garden of Eden. Adam walked with God and had a relationship with him. When he ate from the forbidden tree, he risked and then lost that relationship with God as well as all of Gods’ plans for him. I also see the lack of love and unity with Eve as he knew exactly what The Lord commanded and still allowed her to eat from the tree as well. His rebellion against God changed the course of their lives forever. Praise God that we have Jesus, who restores us and unites us back to the Father.

  10. Evan Johnson

    This really explains why we must be clothed with the righteousness of Christ. Colossians 3:8-14 says:
    “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
    We see how Cain and Esau both hated their brothers. They were filled with jealousy, malice, slander, and all sorts of evil to their brother, because they were clothed in red, the clothes of the world. They chose not to come into humility, but to remain prideful, jealous, and arrogant. They were so prideful that one of them killed their brother, and the other tried to. They chose to remain in those old clothes.
    The Word says since we are God’s chosen, we MUST get rid of our old clothes, the worldly garments of pride, selfishness, arrogance, anger, whatever it may be that goes against the Kingdom of God and brings about division. Then we MUST put on the clothes of Christ – which is humility, love, patience, forgiveness, selflessness, righteousness, holiness, unity, etc. – when we are clothed with Christ, we then love our brothers and are united with them, and we are glorifying and loving God at the same time. The distinction is made there; for the world will know us by the love that we have for each other, because we are clothed with Christ. All who are not clothed in Christ will always hate and try to bring persecution. But what hope for us who have been chosen! We can be clothed with Christ and find our strength and shelter in Him!

  11. KDaskalakis

    In Revelation 7 it says

    13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
    14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.

    The word tribulation there means pressing or oppression. The ones who have come out of the pressing/oppression and whose robes were washed white in His blood. We can be of those now who are washed and made clean of the redness of the world and sin.

    When Jesus washed His disciples feet he said to them after in John
    “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
    15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
    16 “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

    His washing ALWAYS brings unity not division in the church. All those who are clean like the Lamb will honor Him as King and join like it says at His throne to serve day and night.

    But it is clear that those who are His will be in likeness of Him and not in ANY likeness of Esau. As His sheep will not seek anything but Him for they know His ways and walk in them!

    Praise God that he has brought His discipline as a shepherd has a rod to ensure the sheep make it to the pen. So His discipline through His word and leaders coral us to be safe in the pen where we can be washed and kept safe and not left outside of the temple in the judgement as one who still has a red robe who was unwilling to bend and be cleansed by His blood.

    Thank you Lord for Your Blood that has spoken a better word!

  12. Stacey Orlando

    This teaching is so clear and pulls all the full counsel of the Word together!

    The book of Obadiah mentioned in this post is the message of Edom’s destruction…(15) “The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”
    In other words; a man reaps what he sows! This is what Paul is saying to the New Testament church in Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

    The name Obadiah means “Servant of the Lord.” He declares that Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged! (1:8) He also says that “Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; but Esau will be stubble” burned by their fire and “deliverers will go up on mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau and the kingdom will be the Lord’s.”(1:21)
    Yes…the fiery gospel of truth, preached by the true servants of the Lord, empowered by the fire of the Holy Spirit, will ransack Esau (the kingdom of Satan) and deliver people (treasures) into the Kingdom of the Lord!
    The gospel of truth will always be persecuted by those who profess to love God but by their lives prove they hate His ways, His Truth, His children and His commands. The spirit of Edom continues to try to divide the church of Jesus Christ, but as this teaching really brings to light, what it has sought to do will “return on its own head” when Jesus divides the goats from the sheep and casts them away into eternal fire (Matt 25:41). Praise God for the Obadiah’s of this generation! For the Pastors of United Faith Church Jerry and Janeth Santiago and all who hold faithfully to the message of God… who for the joy set before them, continue to preach and live this gospel that saves the world from Esau’s destruction. It’s the message of triumph over hatred, victory over the flesh…sowing to please the Spirit through the power of the Cross of Jesus Christ, who’s love conquers all. God is love…true love never coddles the flesh…true love says “by the Spirit put to death the misdeeds of the flesh” and delivers us into eternal life and resurrection power…the Kingdom of God!

  13. Luke Washack

    I love how this article brings a clear description of the distinction between light and darkness- Cain and Abel-sheep and goats-Jacob and Esau. I was also reminded of how the same Spirit of truth was persecuted throughout history. Through the times of the prophets, the crucifixion of Jesus, and now today people are still being used by Satan to persecute the church. The time period has changed but the tactics of the enemy have not.
    It reminded me of 1Peter 2:7,8

    “This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,”
    1 Peter 2:8 and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.”

    Once again, a distinction is made.
    The goats who “dis-believe” are cut by the Rock and hate it. They stumble in offense at the truth. If they take enough offense they will find themselves soon rallying against it. Gods word and methods are offensive to them, and they bring attention to themselves playing the victim rather than giving glory to God’s truth.

    The sheep (that the Word of God calls believers) are cut by the Rock, and are changed. A believer will take that truth to heart, and cry out to the only one who can save them. Through the power of Christ, the believer changes from his evil ways. The believer then loves the truth that once hurt, but now brings life. Its truly precious! The Rock becomes their testimony that breaks the power of hell- a believer being brought from death to life. The truth from the Rock has set them free!
    Those who fall on the Rock will be broken to pieces; but those whom the rock falls on will be crushed! Matthew 21:44.

    Oh how precious is the Rock! The chief and head cornerstone to which all power, dominion, and authority are due for ever and ever.

  14. Patty High

    What a clear and sobering message to the church! I read this article and see two things at work – the flesh (the unsanctified man made from the dust of the earth that satisfies his own desires and stands opposed to God) and the spirit (the undeserving man washed and regenerated by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus and filled with the spirit that longs to know and love and obey the Mighty God who rescued him). Those that remain in the flesh, that serve their own desires, just as the world does, they hate God. The Word says in James 4:4, “friendship with the world is hatred toward God.” This is the first Adam, the red man, the man of earth and not the man of spirit. This is the flesh – do not live for it!! It will steal everything of true value – your blessing, sure, but more than that, it will ensnare you in hatred toward God and hatred toward your brothers, the church. How great is the judgment of God that cuts away our flesh and leads us into truth through His Word to give us new life through His Holy Spirit.

    I am so grateful for the Spirit of God who came to rescue me!!! He has opened my heart to His gospel and to His love, which I have seen day in and day out displayed for me by Pastors Jerry and Janeth Santiago and by the church. Many rise up in the name of God to bring division to the church, but we were called to love and to unity and I have experienced that – that is how the world knows that we are of God. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) And, “let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) I am so grateful for the love of God that brought me into the unity of a church that loves HIM!!!

  15. Jessica Burke

    When the spirit of Esau arises to persecute the church, one very important factor to consider is motivation. Whereas the true church of God will ALWAYS seek to please God, the Esau spirit pleases man, and self. We have come to a place where the Lord and His Church truly are THE most important thing in our lives. We are motivated to live in righteousness as members of the body of Christ. When that resolve is matched with the power of the HOLY Spirit, mere men who were borne of flesh can walk as Jesus did. Just as the article elaborates, Cain hated Abel because his brother was righteous and his own offering was not accepted (God sees the motivation of the heart).

    Just as those who come against the church today, their actions show the condition of their heart. Every impure and hateful thought, and every plan to bring dissension, even before it is acted upon comes before God for judgement. In the book of Romans, you can see that those who choose wickedness over righteousness store up the wrath of God for themselves. Gods Judgment is not only for some, just as the rain falls on all the land so it is with his judgment, it is upon the whole world. It is there, in the judgement of God that the elect, thrive. We have accepted the process of purification and it will continue until we reach heaven. So I declare today, let Judgement come! May the distinction be made of the true motives of the heart. Let the righteous be glad and rejoice!

  16. Anna Washack

    When I read this I was reminded of the “Parable of the Sheep and Goats” (Matthew 25:31-…)

    31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”

    Jesus spoke about those that belonged to Him and those who did not. A heart that is connected to the Father does the will of the Father and the fruit is evident. The fruits of the spirit are manifestations of Jesus’s character: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. On the other hand, a heart that is separated from the heart of the Father does not carry out His will. Instead they do the opposite and bring division, discord, strife, ….

    God’s Word and decrees stand the test of time. He is the Everlasting God and He changes not. His command is clear; if you are not for Him, then you are against Him. There is no middle ground. The day is coming when He will sift the people and He will make a distinction between the sheep (those that love the Father and obey His command) and the goats (those that hate the Father and their fruit is rebellion and disobedience). No man can escape for He shall bring the nations before Him to be judged. Praise God for the King is on His throne!

  17. Lauren Sheehan

    When reading this I was in awe of the power of the blood of Jesus. It was the same hateful spirit that had killed Abel and Jesus….but the cry of Abel’s blood was vengeance, and Jesus’ blood cried forgiveness.
    Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

    In response to the forgiveness Jesus’ blood pours out, I am reminded of 1Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.

  18. Kris Burke

    In reading this article, I am reminded about the spirit of division that I have also seen against the church of God. So many times I asked the question, “Why?” Why do people persecute the church, why do people spread slander and lies about the church in such a mean hearted manner? I have come to realize as described in this article that it was not his brother that Esau hated, but God.

    Esau’s hatred for his brother was only a manifestation of the hatred that was already stored up in his heart for God’s law. Similarly, today, people who persecute the church and its members, have a problem with God. These heart issues come out through things like rumors, gossip, speculation and slander. In their attempt to discredit the church through false accusation, there is an attempt to raise themselves. Ultimately these attempts to discredit the church are at their nature an attempt to hide sin. To continually cast a negative light upon the church means that the light will not be shined on you. To continuously slander means you will never have to come to terms with the sin in your own heart.

    In the end, it was not Esau that God loved but Jacob. Jacob, who had no right to the inheritance of God, yet lived a life under Gods goodness. He did not live this way because of His birthright but because of the love of God. The Esau mindset has been around for thousands of years but the church has overcome and will continue to overcome by living in righteousness and truth. In the end, it was Jacob’s descendants who were blessed for generations and the church of God will stand knowing that whatever comes our God will never leave us nor forsake us for we do not live in deception but we live under His authority and redemption.

  19. marlene

    How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
    It warms any parent’s heart to see their children getting along, committed to each other and the family… how much more our Holy Father in Heaven?

  20. Lissa Smith

    Wow… We can see how Jesus spoke very plainly of this same truth in John 8. The people tried to claim that Abraham was their father and that God was their father. Yet, Jesus proved that they belonged to a different father- the devil- by their hatred for Jesus and their rejection of His words. Jesus moved in perfect unity and obedience to His Father, and those who belong to Him display that same ‘oneness.’ Those who hate God, the Father, show that same hatred toward His Son and toward His church.

    John 8:38-47
    38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
    39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
    Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.”

    Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”

    42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”