3 Characteristics of a Bitter Root
1. A Bitter Roots Deceives (You can't see clearly) To deceive is to mislead by a false appearance or statement.
Paul writes in: 2 Corinthians 11:3 (GW) However, I'm afraid that as the snake deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Genesis 3: 1-4 (GW) 1The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman answered the snake, "We're allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden
3 except the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, 'You must never eat it or touch it. If you do, you will die! '" 4 "You certainly won't die!" the snake told the woman.
5 "God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You'll be like God, knowing good and evil."
They missed that they were already made in the likeness of God. Satan just lied to her! She became bitter towards God! Look at the effect of a root of bitterness working through generations.
Genesis 25:29-34 (NKJV) 29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.
30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary." Therefore, his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright as of this day." 32 And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?" 33 Then Jacob said, "Swear to me as of this day." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Jacob had a root of bitterness towards Esau, because he had all the rights as the firstborn. The firstborn son was the one who normally received a double inheritance, and was the one who would inherit his father's role as the head of the family.
God Bless, Israel - part 3 to follow