Genesis 28:8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
How can I hurt my parents? That seems to be the question that Esau is asking. He feels gipped. His mom has cheated him out of his birthright. His dad wouldn’t give him another blessing. His brother has cheated him. He is mad. He is hurt. Hurt people want to hurt people.
Esau sees that his parents do not want Jacob to take his wife from those in the land of Canaan so he decides that he will. He wants to hurt his parents.
Two major things come to my mind. I wonder how many times I failed my children and could have caused them to react in such a negative manner. I was wrong. I didn’t apologize. I didn’t get it right and they felt that they needed to punish me.
Two wrongs might not make a right but Esau still wants to do whatever to hurt his parents. My actions have consequences. They hurt me and they hurt those that I love the most.
The second thing that I think of is how Esau will really hurt himself by hurting his parents. His vengeance is going to hurt him worse than his parents. Isn’t that what happens when we let bitterness and unforgiveness live in our hearts. It hurts us more than others.
Lord, help me learn to think before I act. Forgive me for the things that I have done in the past out of ignorance, pride, or just plain rebellion. Please stop the hurt that I caused others by helping them realize that this hurt, bitterness and unforgiveness can hurt them worse than the one that they will be striking out against.
What a lesson. I do not know if you see it the way I do but there seems to be a lot to think about in this verse!