The Unforgivable Sin

R. Gustason, 09 Sep 2011

Gen 25:29-34 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Jacob was 15 years old when his grandfather, Abraham died. Jacob was preparing a soup of rounded lentils for the סעודת הבראה (seudat havra’ah) or meal of comforting. Esau, belligerent and not regarding tradition, left for the fields going to and fro in them. Eventually tiring of his travels, Esau came back, saw his brother preparing the food for their grieving father and mother, expected Jacob to serve him for he was too tired to prepare anything for himself, and had no respect for the meal of mourning.

Esau proceeds to show his utter disregard for God and his denial of God’s power and authority by scorning his birthright. Genesis 25:34 record’s Esau’s contempt for his position and inheritance given by God. The Levital priesthood could be contrasted with Jacob as their role as priests started in this fashion as the people were given over to idolatry and worshipped the golden calf. Exodus 32:25-29 records the deeds of the sons of Levi and Numbers 8:18 records the inheritance they received when the firstborn of all of Israel failed to obey God’s vessel.

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Jesus tells us the following statements:
Mar 3:28-29 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: The phrase ‘never forgiveness’ is translated from four Greek words which are ‘ou aphesis eis aion‘ which literally means ‘absolute negative, freedom, into, this age or world’. In other words, those who blaspheme (speak evil of or rebel against) the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) have their freedom (or figuratively birthright) taken away from them for the rest of this age.

Just as Esau rebelled against God and sold his birthright (or favor with God), disrespecting his family in the process, so to those who rebel against God in this age, attributing the works of God to the devil (glossolalia comes to mind) stands in judgment of losing their place as a royal priesthood called out by Christ Jesus (1Pe 2:9). What is the unforgivable sin? Simply denying God’s existence. To do that, we become hated by God as was Esau (Malachi 1:1-3; Romans 9:13). This of course means more than having a doubt as to God’s existence, but rather it means seeing the power of God, knowing God exists, but yet making the willful choice to turn our backs to God and curse Him. For that choice, one marks his or her own fate.

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