In chapel today, we had our chancellor, Dr. Les Ollila, preach on the life of Esau. On his third point he talked about the price that Esau paid in order to eat when he came home from the field that one day. The price he paid was his birthright, and the Bible says that he “despised his birthright” (Gen. 25:34 ESV).
So here I am sitting in chapel this morning, and listening to Doc O talk about what the word despise means in the story of Esau’s birthright. He explains that the word “despised” comes from the Hebrew word “buwz” which means: to hold in contempt or hold as insignificant.
Hold as insignificant, hm…..that’s interesting. I started to wonder if that’s the meaning of the same word in Proverbs 23:22 (ESV) where it says, ” Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 15:20 also has a similar verse, but that’s not the point I want to make. With the exception of a couple years in high school, I never thought this verse applied to me. I love my mom. Sure, sometimes I’ll get frustrated with her, but to say I despise her would be far from accurate.
So I looked it up, and sure enough, they are the same words. Wow, that changes some things as far as the application of that verse to our lives. Think about how often we take our moms for granted or consider their advice to be old school or irrelevant; and for us guys, how many of us have ever thought our moms don’t know what they’re talking about because they’re a girl.
Our moms don’t know everything, and there’s things we may know more about than them, but they will always have one up on us when it comes to being older and seeing and experiencing more of life than we have; and with experience comes understanding and wisdom.
The point I’m getting at is that we should be brushing off everything our mom says, and that goes for our dads too. No matter what our age, our parents are always going to be our parents, and the Bible says to listen to them. We need to be using discernment and wisdom to decide whether what our parents say is profitable; but we shouldn’t negate everything they say without giving it sincere consideration.