A. Sometimes people start things that turn into generations of hatred. Take Jacob and Esau who struggled from the beginning (Genesis 25:21-26).
- Favoritism and opportunism create problems (Genesis 25:27-34).
- Opportunism gives a door of opportunity for one person to become profane (Hebrews 12:16-17).
- Jacob and Esau reconciled (Genesis 33:1-16)
- They came together to bury their father (Genesis 35:29).
- However, what happened between them would not so easily be dismissed by the descendants of Esau. Before we get to that…
- Jacob is also known as Israel (Genesis 32:28).
- Israel’s children are the tribes of Israel (Genesis 46:8-27 and Exodus 1:1-7).
- Esau’s decedents are the Edomites (Genesis 36:1-8).
II. Body: The Edomites Had An Anger That Did Tear Perpetually [Continuing Forever; Ancient] (Amos 1:11-12).
A. This old anger (Ezekiel 25:12).
- Because of that perpetual hatred, bloodshed continued many generations and caused God to punish those guilty (Ezekiel 35:1-9).
- When given the opportunity, Esau’s decedents attacked the decedents of Jacob (II Chronicles 28:17).
- In thinking about rejoicing in the fall of a brother in the flesh, what are we with all humanity in a physical sense (Genesis 9:19 and Acts 17:24-26)?
- Though the contextual point is different than the point I am making with this reference, don’t we all have the same Creator (Malachi 2:10)?
- What is our Creator’s mindset towards ALL (I Timothy 2:3-4)?
- Even if enemies (Proverbs 24:16-20).
- Such wrath doesn’t work righteousness (James 1:19-20).
- Being furious will cause us to abound in transgression (Proverbs 29:22) and act foolishly (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
- While we cannot practice “unconditional forgiveness” (Luke 17:3-4)…
- We cannot take on the role of eternal judge either (James 4:11-12).
III. Conclusion: Long lasting anger won’t help anyone (Proverbs 19:19 and Proverbs 22:24-25).
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