Birthright

January 28, 2018

Genesis 25:29-34… Once when Jacob was cooking stew Esau came in from the field and was exhausted. And he said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that stew for I m exhausted.” (Therefore, his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and went his way. Thus, Esau despised his birthright.

            Jacob and Esau were twins. Esau was born first so he had the right to his father’s main blessing. The blessing of the father to the firstborn was an irrevocable blessing. If the Father blessed him with prosperity, he would be prosperous. The birthright was a big deal. In the story above we learn that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for a bowl of stew. We might laugh about the story but the principle holds true today.

            We have to decide between things from God, things eternal, and things from the earth, things that meet our physical needs, If we are consumed with the physical part of life, we will lightly regard the spiritual. I was told once by a man, “I don’t care about eternity; I am interested in now.”

            We have a birthright as children of God. Don’t take that lightly.

            “The kingdom of God is not meat or drink; but, righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) How important is that? When I was a young man, I was learning about joy. The world offered me some answers. If I could just get out from under my parents rules and perhaps go to a party or a dance, or even a football game, then I thought I could experience joy.  For a season, that was my lentil soup. Eventually, I was old enough to go to things on my own and I still searched for joy. (or pleasure) That search could have led me away from my life in Christ. Fortunately it didn’t, and I soon found the experiences to be short-lived. Satan had tricked me. He made me think that fun was the equivalent of joy. Fun is a state of thinking that categorizes certain experiences in the flesh. Joy is much deeper and more consistent than fun. Don’t let the world or the devil steal your birthright.