Your Birthright.

Text- Genesis. 25:27-34.

“The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright. ” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.”

Lesson Exposition.

Your birthright is the right or privilege you are entitled to at birth.

Any inheritance coming by right of birth.

Any right, privilege or possession to which a person is entitled by birth, such as an estate descendible by law to an heir, or civil liberty under a free constitution, especially the right or inheritance of the first born.

In the text above, Jacob and Esau were twin brother. But Esau was the first born. Therefore a supposed heir of the promise God gave Abraham which Jacob their father also inherited. Gen. 12:3,7. 22:18. Gal. 3:16-18.

Terms of the covenant.

1. Earthly inheritance of the land of Canaan.

2. The possession of the covenant blessings which include his seed being as stars of the sky and all the families of the earth being blessed in him.

3. The progenitor of the promised seed which is Jesus.

Now Esau in his ignorance of the importance of being a first born and the term of the covenant in his family and the blessings that follows sold the right of possession of these blessings to his brother Jacob. What a pity! As result he lost the blessing of his father.

In the passage, the bible describe Esau as wild and undisciplined man and Jacob as a quite, matured, sensible, diligent, dutiful and peaceful man. It is often said, environment can make you or mar you. But that is not a good reason for someone to loose focus.

Jacob and Esau grew up in the same home. Jacob chose what he became and Esau also chose what he became. Jacob was cautious of the things to come, what he would be and how to achieve it. On the other hand Esau was only cautious of the present. What he needed presently unknown to him that the future is greater and bigger than today. He said of what value is the birthright to him and for just a spoonful of porage he traded the birthright with his brother.

The implication of this is that the children of Esau (the Edomites) they never possess the land God promise Abraham. They only settled in mount Seir the gateway to canaaland. They also forfeited the covenant blessing which include the seed of Abraham being as the stars of the sky and all the families of the earth being blessed in him. And lastly Esau never became the progenitor of Jesus Christ. What a glorious future and eternal wealth he negotiated for a present and temporary need.

Many today have traded away their glorious and promising future on the altar of Youthful lust, worldly pleasure, fornication etc.

The bible says flee youthful lust 2Timothy. 2:22. Also in 1Cor. 6:13ff

the bible has these to say, “You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

If Joseph had went in with portiphas wife he wouldn’t have become the prime minister in Egypt. Because he refused and because he was cautious of the great future ahead of him remembering his dream and for the fear of God in his heart a nation even the whole world then was rescued from faming and his brothers came and bow down for him. This is the fulfilment of the dream he had many years ago. Gen. 37:5-11 “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans. 12:1.

Worldly pleasure is another weapon the devil uses to steal great destiny from people especially the youth. No matter what happened we are to not conform to the patterns of the world. We shouldn’t let the world shapes us we are to shape the world. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans. 12:2.

Many supposed leaders of today are walking around the street begging for food. Many are in the grave when they are suppose to be ruling and controlling the world.

Your destiny is your birthright, protect it. Do not trade it for today’s satisfaction.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.1John. 2:15-17.

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done. Hey. 12:16-17.

Lastly, our greatest birthright is heaven. Phil. 3:20-21 says “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Do not allow the devil to take heaven away from you because heaven is where we will have our eternal rest. Resist him the bible says.

Shalom!

The consequences of rejecting God.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF REJECTING GOD
by pastor Ajibola Akinsola .O
Text – 1 Sam 8:4-7
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.(NIV)
In the text above, the nation Israel was a nation God loved so much that He chose them and made a covenant with them through their father Abraham, “Gen 12:2-3
2 “I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
NIV ff Gen 18:18, 22:18.
The same promise was repeated to Isaac in Genesis 26:4 and to Jacob in Genesis 28:14.
God deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh of Egypt who determine to exterminate them, He brought them out from Egyptian slavery, He parted the Red Sea for them to have a safe way and drone their enemies in the Red Sea. He gave them manner from heaven and also gave them water from the rock when they were thirsty all these through the hand of His servant Moses. Under the leadership of Joshua, they entered and inherited the promise land God promise to give to the descendant of Abraham.
Gen 12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Gen 12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
Gen 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him” Gen 12:5.
They soon forgot God after the death of Joshua. They forgot all the instructions God had given them in the wilderness concerning their stay in the land. God used the neighbouring nations to bring them back to Him by allowing these nations to come against them and eventually overpower them and took all they have and killed many of them. Judges 6. Whenever they lift up their voice to God, He would raise a deliverer to deliver them from their enemy. Among the judges we have Othniel Judg 3:9-11, Ehud 3:15-30, Shamgar 3:31ff, Deborah 4:1-4, Abimelech 9:1ff, Tola Judg 10:1,2. The last of the judges was Samuel.
The Elders came to him instructing him to appoint for them a King. Samuel was displeased because he thought the people had rejecting him, but God told him you are not the one they rejected but Me.1Sa 8:4-7.
Many today have rejected God in their lives and they are seriously facing the consequences.
The Israelites wanted a king that;
1.Would go out before them,
2.Would fight their battle,
3.Would judge them,
4.They may be like other nations
Bellow are some of the factors that make people reject God in their lives;

1. Career.

2.The desire to be like others. 1Sa.8:5
3.Wealth. Luke 12:16-21
4. Social status
5. Marital struggle
6. Education/Philosophy


  • How do you reject God;
    1.By rejecting His servant. 1Sa. 8:4-5
    2.By rejecting the gospel.
    3.By rejecting Christ. John 15:23.
    What then are the consequences?
    Every negative action taken by someone has a negative effect in the life of such individual. The Lord said to Samuel, “1Sa 8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
    1Sa 8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
    1Sa 8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
    1Sa 8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
    1Sa 8:13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
    1Sa 8:14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
    1Sa 8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
    1Sa 8:16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
    1Sa 8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
    1Sa 8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
    1Sa 8:19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
    1Sa 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” Kjv.
    Here is a summary of some of the punishment the Israelites suffered when they turn their back on God;
    1.They became slave in their own country. 2Kgs 24-25
    2.They endure harsh economic condition.
  • 3. They live in poverty.
    4.God allow pestilence to torment them and destroy their crops.
    5.They resulted to cannibalism due to lack of food. 2kgs 6:26-29.
    A nation or an individual that reject God has all these mentioned above to suffer. No wonder there is abject poverty in some part of the word today, unemployment is increasing everyday, businesses goes down everyday, banks also fold up everyday why? because the whole world today has rejected God.
    Way out.
    Jer_4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.
    Jer_15:19 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.
    Mal_3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
  • CONCLUSION
    The state of the nation today and the condition we find ourselves today is because we all have rejected God. In the year 1977, our leaders led us into worshiping of idols in the name of FESTAC instead of worshiping God for His blessings upon our land. But this God is a God of second chance. He will always give another opportunity for someone to prove him/herself. He has promised He will return to us if we can return to Him. Then what are you still waiting for?
    Jer_30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
    Joe_2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
    I pray as you and I return to God today He shall also return to us and restore all our captivities in Jesus name. Amen
    SHALLOM

The blood of Jesus

Text – Hebrews. 10:1-10

In this teaching, you will be exposed to the meaning, properties and functions of blood. Another purpose of this teaching is to unveil the three types of blood as mention in the bible and lastly the mystery of blood and the efficacy of the blood of Jesus.

LESSON EXPOSITION.
Definitions:
1. Cambridge dictionary defines blood as the red liquid that sent around the body by the heart, and caries oxygen and important substance to organs and tissues, and removes waste products.

2. Wikipedia/Anatomical terminology.  Blood is a fluid in human and other animals that delivers necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to cells and transports metabolic waste products away from those cells.

The blood transport oxygen from the lungs to the tissue and carbon dioxide from the tissue to the lungs.

Biblical definition of blood.
Lev. 17:11, 14, Deut. 12:23. Blood is that which gives life to the body. The life is in the blood.

The importance of blood is the life in it. I’m not surprised when God said in Genesis. 3:15, that the seed of the serpent (Satan) would strike the heel of the seed of the woman (Jesus), the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the seed of the Serpent. What God was saying here is that Jesus the seed of the woman would overcome the devil by His blood (the work of the cross) and this victory would also be automatically available for all the children of God.

Spiritual properties and uses of blood.
1. It is capable of carrying curses or blessings.
2. Through blood curses or blessings are inherited.
3. It is used for sacrifice.
4. Used for atonement. Lev. 17:11.
5. It is capable of removing curses.
6. Blood speaks. Gen. 4:10, Heb. 12:24
7. Blood enhances character inheritance. John. 8:44.

Types of blood mentioned in the bible.
1. The blood of animal.
2. The blood of Abel.
3. The blood of Jesus.

THE BLOOD OF ANIMAL
1. Used for sacrifice.
2. Used as means of atonement in the old testament.

SHORTCOMINGS
1. It doesn’t take away sin. Heb. 10:4
2. It doesn’t give life.

THE BLOOD OF ABEL.
It only cried for vengeance.  Gen. 4:10

THE BLOOD OF JESUS. (CHARACTERISTICS)
1. It fulfills the prophecy of the bible (Gen. 3:15) by destroying the works of the devil.
2. Sinless and blemish free. Ex. 12:5, Heh. 9:14.
3. The blood that offers the perfect sacrifice. Psalm. 40:6-8, Heb. 10:5-10.
4. The blood that atone for the sins of mankind. Lev. 17:11, Mat. 26:28.
5. The blood of the passover Lamb. 1Cor. 5:7.
6. The blood of the new covenant. Mat. 26:28, Heb. 12:24.
7. The blood that conquer death. 1Cor. 15:54.

Functions of the blood of Jesus.
1. It pays our debt. Heb. 9:28.
2. The blood justifies. Romans. 5:9.
3. Through the blood we have forgiveness of sin. Eph. 1:7.
4. The blood cleanses us. 1John. 1:7, Revelation. 1:5.
5. The blood gives us power to overcome the devil. Revelation. 12:11.
6. It delivers us from curses. Galatians. 3:13.
7. It brought us close to God.. Eph. 2:13.
8. It gives us access to the holiest of holies. Heb. 10:11-22.
9. It sanctifies us. Heb. 13:12.

Mystery
The blood of Jesus is the only blood that gives life, though shed, but alive.

Conclusion.
No other blood like the blood of Jesus Christ, the blood of animal cannot give life, the blood of Abel cries for vengeance but the blood of Jesus Christ speaks a better thing. It speaks forgiveness, redemption and eternal life.

Prayer points
1. Lord forgive me all my sins and wash me clean with the blood of your only begotten son Jesus Christ.
2. Lord I receive my salvation today through the blood of Jesus Christ.
3. Blood of Jesus deliver me from every blood that speaks vengeance against my life.
4. I overcome the devil and his power today by the power in the blood of Jesus.




Obedience

OBEDIENCE THE KEY TO ENJOYING GOD.
             Deuteronomy 8:1-6

Introduction: Towards the end of Moses ministry (when the Israelites were about entering the promise land) he (Moses) charged them to observed and keep all the commandments of God which He has given them if they want to possess and dwell in the land which they were about to enter. He made them to understand that the easiest way to possess it is by obedient to God.

Lesson expoition.

Definition: Obedience is the act of obeying, dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to an authority.

God is not delighted in sacrifices. All He requires is full obedience.
Obedience is a demand from God. Lev. 25:18, 1Sam. 15:22, Deut. 26:16, Deut. 32:46.

In Deuteronomy 28:1-2, the bible says ” If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God”
In the passage above, God lays much emphasis on the word obedient. He did this for the Israelites to know that without obedience to His commandments, there was nothing they could achieve.

Examples of obedience in the bible:
1. Noah. Gen. 6:13-17.
God asked commanded him to build an ark when He wanted to destroy the world with water, he obeyed God and he was saved         alongside his family.

2.  Abraham. Gen. 12:1-3, Gen. 22:1-4, 15-18.
God called him out of his native land to a land He will show him.
God also asked him to sacrifice his only child Isaac after a long year of bareness. In all these Abraham obeyed God and did as God instructed him. No wonder he was exceedingly blessed.

3. Isaac. Genesis. 26:1-14,
He wanted to go down to Egypt when there was famine, but God instructed him to stay in the land where he told him. He settled in Gerar and there God blessed him just because he obeyed God.

4. Jesus Christ. Matthew. 26:39.
Jesus at the face of death, He chose to do will of God.

THE COMMANDMENTS O CHRIST
a. Repentance. Matt. 4:17, Matt. 6:33, Lk. 13:24.
b. Believe the gospel. Mk. 1:15, Jn. 14:1, Jn. 6:29.
c. New Birth. Jn. 3:7.
d. Follow Jesus. Jn. 12:26, Jn. 21:22, Lk. 5:27, Lk. 9:26.
e. Receiving the Holy Ghost. Lk. 24:49.
f. Love your God. Mk. 12:30, Matt. 4:10.
g. Love your neighbors. Mk. 12:31.
h. Forgive one another. Lk. 17:3-4.

Rewards of Obedience.
a. God will make you a peculiar treasure in His hand. Ex. 19:5.
b. You will abide in the love of God. Jn. 15:10.
c. God will give you long life. 1 Kgs. 3:14.
d. Prosperity. (Hezekiah) 2 Kgs. 18:5-7.
e. God will release his blessing upon you. Deut. 28:3-6,8.
f. You will enjoy open heaven. Deut. 28:12.
g. You will be victorious. Deut. 28:7.
h. You will be lifted above all. Deut. 28:13.
i.  God will cause you to increase. Deut. 28:11.
j. You will inherit eternal life. Jn. 3:16.

Conclusion.
Obedience is better than sacrifice the bible says. 1Sam. 15:22.
Go is not a man that He would lie. His promises never fail. He would do what He promise to do. All He wants from you is your obedience.