Main Passage: Genesis 25:29-34 [ESV]
Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am 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 rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
What is a Birthright? What did it mean for Esau?
The birthright was for firstborn son.
PRIESTHOOD – This was before the Levites were the priests. Holy. Set apart. Priest for family.
PROMISE – Promised double portion of father’s estate. Reason was because the oldest son was to take place of father, to care for mother and sisters. This particular promise to Esau meant a double portion of the Promised Land (or 2/3 of the Promised Land)
POWER – He had authority in family – would have been seen as head of family
Esau’s Momentary Pleasure – Unholy Choice
Esau valued temporary pleasure / thrill over responsibility and blessing of being set apart
Hebrews 12:15-17 [NIV] speaks of a Call to Holiness
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
Embrace Your Birthright
PRIESTHOOD – PROMISE – POWER
We are children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26)
We are co-heirs with Christ – Romans 8:15-17 [ESV]
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Holy Spirit – Down payment / Guarantee of Inheritance to Come
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. (Ephesians 1:14 ESV)
Every Spiritual Blessing – Ephesians 1:3 [NASB] – You have ALL YOU NEED
Redemption. Forgiveness. Grace.
- Remember you are set apart.
- Boldly claim the promises of God.
- Walk with a confidence that comes from power of God.
Ephesians 1:11-14 [ESV]
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
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