15 Nov 2018
What Is a Bitter Root?
Hebrews 12:15 (NLT) says:
“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”
We find other references to this bitter root throughout the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 29:18 (NLT) says:
“I am making this covenant with you so that no one among you – no man, woman, clan or tribe – will turn away from the Lord our God to worship these gods of other nations, and so that no root among you bears bitter and poisonous fruit.”
Esau married Hittite wives and followed their debased, immoral religion. He thought he could get away with living a rebellious, sinful life because he was safe as Abraham’s descendant. He despised God so much he had already sold his birthright for pot of stew.
The writer of Hebrews urges us not to fall into the same trap. Being a descendent of Abraham did not protect him from the consequences of his sin. Likewise, thinking we are saved because our parents are Christians or because we go to church is foolishness. As the old saying goes: “Just because I go to a McDonald’s it doesn’t mean I’m a hamburger.”
There is only one way to be saved: believing in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, repenting and inviting Him into your heart. In John 17:3 (NLT), Jesus says:
“And this is the way to have eternal life – to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.”
Pause and reflect: If you are a member of God’s family, your birthright and inheritance is far greater than anything the world has to offer. Read God’s Word and guard your mind so you are never tempted to give up all you have for a ‘pot of stew’.