"...that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau,
who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
For you know that even afterwards,
when he desired to inherit the blessing,
he was rejected,
for he found no place for repentance,
though he sought for it with tears."
Andrew Murray says, "Abraham, Isaac and Jacob sacrificed all to become heirs of the heavenly city. Esau lived in the present: for a momentary satisfaction he parted with his blessing, the promise of God, and his inheritance in the future. And even so there are numbers who are called Christians, and yet are profane. There is nothing sacred or holy in their spirit or life. They are absorbed in the present of the possessions and pleasures of the world. To speak of their pursuit of holiness would be mockery...Looking carefully lest there be any one of you a profane person, like Esau."
He continues, "'For ye know when he *afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected (for he found no place for repentance), though he sought it diligently with tears. What a contrast here, the *afterward of the worldly. For the present with its pleasures, the divine birthright, the promise of God, and the future inheritance is neglected. And when it is too late, when the heart is shriveled up, and the power of the will and the power of faith lost, the thought of something better
is awakened--but, alas it is found to be too late! Many shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able, when once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut the door! He *afterward desired to inherit, but was rejected!"
He says, "With what dangers we are surrounded! Our daily needs and our daily food may be our destruction. It was eating that lost Esau his birthright. It was eating that lost Adam and his seed the kingdom of God. It was refusing to eat, when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness, that Jesus won back heaven for us. "
Even some of the Hebrew children missed
their leeks so much that were willing to
miss the Promised Land, go back to slavery,
to satiate their palette.
Adam Clarke writes, "'When he would have inherited the blessing.' When he wished to have the lordship over the whole family conveyed to him, and sought it earnestly with tears, he found no place for a change in his father's mind and counsel, who now perceived that it was the will of God that Jacob should be made lord of all. 'Repentance' Here (it) is not to be take in a theological sense, as implying contrition for sin, but merely change of mind or purpose; nor does the word refer here to Esau at all, but to his father, whom Esau could not, with all his tears and entreaties, persuade to reverse what he had done. 'I have blessed him, said he, yea, and he must be blessed;' I cannot reverse it now."
"Today, if you would hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts...
(as) When your fathers tested me."
(Psalm 95:7-8; Hebrews 3:15)
Today. The door stands open only for a time. Noah finally had to shut the door of the ark, the door of salvation. Jesus gave the illustration of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom, and those who were late found the door shut.
"And while they were going away to make the purchase,
the bridegroom came,
and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast;
and the door was shut.
Later the other virgins also came, saying,
'Lord, lord, open up for us.'
But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'
Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour."
When I was a child, I noticed that those who went to the altar to be saved, cried. I saw their tears. So when I finally got up the nerve to go to the altar, and I really was scared of being left behind, I tried hard to cry. Tears meant repentance and salvation. I even remember how I went to the bathroom and hefted myself up on the porcelain sink in order to look into the mirror to see if there was any evidence of tears. Nope. I was disappointed and doubted my salvation.
So, Esau worked up some tears, but he wasn't sorry so much for what he did, but tears for what he missed, what was now being denied him. Kids who don't get what they want, often have fits with tears. They want what they want and cry crocodile tears. But the offer of salvation, an offer to receive an inheritance, has a time limit for godless people. Even lottery winners who come too late, miss their riches. Tears will not change anything. "TODAY " is a very important word of warning.