Breaking the Esau code
Genesis 27:40 “By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”(NKJV)
Amos 6:1 “Woe to them [that are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, [which are] named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!”
In the above scripture, those folks were resting and thinking they’ve arrived. They conquered the mountain of Samaria and didn’t just stay there, they named it “chief of the nations” in order words, the best place on earth. Hear it in the Message translation:
Amos 6:1 “Woe to you who think you live on easy street in Zion, who think Mount Samaria is the good life. You assume you’re at the top of the heap, voted the number-one best place to live.”
Can you imagine that? They got to the top of Mount Samaria and declared it was the best or number one place on earth.
There is a traditional African idiom which says, “If a child has not visited another man’s farm, he will claim his father’s farm is the best and biggest”. That was the mindset of these folks and of many of us today.
But God decided to give them a rude reawakening and said something remarkable in the next verse:
Amos 6:2 “Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: [be they] better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?”
Amos 6:2 “Well, wake up and look around. Get off your pedestal. Take a look at Calneh. Go and visit Great Hamath. Look in on Gath of the Philistines. Doesn’t that take you off your high horse? Compared to them, you’re not much, are you?” (MSG)
God told them in a plain language that they have simply put themselves on a false height, a fake high pedestal.
To be continued…
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