But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Genesis 25:31
Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac. They were twins, however they didn’t look anything alike. Esau was born first, therefor he would inherit a “double” portion from his Father. The first born son was always held in highest regards in the Jewish culture.
During this moment, Esau was very hungry and was willing to give up anything to feed his fleshly desires. Jacob used this moment to entice Esau to give away his eternal birthright for one temporary meal. Is a temporary moment worth your eternal inheritance?
Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” Genesis 25:32
However Esau didn’t really value his birthright. He valued the temporary of the moment more than he valued the eternity of his birthright. Esau was looking at the world from the temporary perspective and not an eternal perspective.
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. Genesis 25:34
After the moment of hunger passed, Esau regretted what he did. He was probably thinking to himself
“ How could I have sold my birthright for a bowl of stew”? A temporary pleasure that had eternal consequences. This is exactly what happens when we live in Sin. Giving in to temporary pleasures has eternal consequences.
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:4
Through Christ we have been given an eternal birthright into the Kingdom of God. Will you sell your birthright for your Sin? Don’t be a fool like Esau, keep an eternal perspective on life and not a temporary outlook Amen!