Day 37 – Genesis 36

We see how nicely Esau acted, and we might think that such a character must be all right. Compared with the unpleasantness of Jacob, Esau really shines to our natural eyes. But what about his heart? We see Esau making a name for himself and for his family. He was earthbound, he had no heart for a Bethel ("house of God") and its altar. Read what God calls Esau in Heb. 12:1616Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. (Hebrews 12:16). The word "profane" is used to describe an area outside the tabernacle which was not set apart for any sacred purpose. For Esau, there was no sacred place. Everything was connected to the flesh and nothing to God. A person might have a fine education, live a very respectable life, be considered a good Christian in his community, be a great success in business, and yet not have a thought about Christ.