So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. (Genesis 25:24-25)
Not only was Esau ruddy, but when he was born the Bible says that he was hairy — so hairy that he looked as if he were wearing some king of coat made from hair. Many things about Esau’s birth and appearance seem to indicate this was no ordinary birth. If, as we said in the previous devotion that Esau’s physical appearance speaks of his character and spiritual attributes, then we must conclude that a statement of some kind was being made.
Because he was so hairy he was called Esau — a word that is related to the term for “grass” or, more accurately, “weed.” In a sense he resembled a patch of ground that was overgrown with weeds which is to say, he looked like the kind of grass you don’t want growing in your garden. The Hebrew word used to describe him as “hairy” is שער se’ar which is also the word used for a “hairy goat.” Thus, Esau is to be associated with the goats. That’s important because Yeshua said:
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)
As we know, when Messiah returns, not only will He separate the goats from the sheep but He will also have all the weeds (tares) plucked up from His field to be cast into the fire and burned. The point today is, Esau paints a picture of everything we are not to be. He is carnally minded and inclined to have his fleshly appetite satisfied. He represents that which seeks to choke out the wheat and destroy righteous fruit. He epitomizes the mindset and nature that stands in opposition to the Almighty and His will. He has no appreciation for what is holy and sacred, therefore we must reject this mindset.
In this day and time, more and more are embracing the spirit of Esau. As followers of Messiah, we must be filled with the Spirit of God that we might combat this unclean force so that those sheep who are scattered might come into the fold.
Blessings and Shalom,