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.”
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.