Luke 12:47–48 (MEV): “That servant who knew his master’s will, but did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who unknowingly committed acts worthy of punishment shall be beaten with few stripes. For to whom much is given, of him much shall be required. And from him to whom much was entrusted, much will be asked.
Jesus often spoke in parables. These stories provided vivid insight into reality and righteous behavior. The insights are for our introspection. They provide opportunities to examine ourselves more closely.
This p art of this one brings to mind something I think is important and may not have be considered. I will address that, but first things.
There are lots of folks that know what the Master expects of them. The utmost of importance is to believe and be saved. That’s what God expects. That’s His will for everyone. If you don’t do that and have been given the Gospel, things aren’t going to go well for you. That same news would go to the Christian that knows and isn’t doing what he’s been called to do by God.
The solution to both of those predicaments is to confess it. Call out to God. He is the Potter that can remake a marred vessel. Such can be fit for another purpose. If you’re in that position, fix it!
Now for that other thought… One that might surprise you.
Romans 9:11–12 (MEV): For before the children had been born, having done neither evil nor good, so that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but through Him who calls, it was said to her, “The elder shall serve the younger.”
This was told to Rebekah while pregnant. It is certain others knew this, too. Others would include her family. It’s not a stretch to say that both Jacob and Esau knew. But God says this about Esau.
Romans 9:13 (MEV): As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
I’m certain you’ve probably understood this verse in light of election to salvation. To connect being elect to being saved doesn’t work well in the Scriptures. At least, not in the way it’s taught.
Look closely at what is being discussed by Paul. The older shall serve the younger. There’s nothing about the younger one being chosen to be saved… And the older not. It’s about knowing the Master’s will and not doing it.
In the case of Esau, his whole life was a shirking off and running away from that specific call of service God wanted for him to do.