Do You De­spise Your Birthright?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - Randy Moll rmoll@nwadg.com

“And Ja­cob sod pot­tage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: and Esau said to Ja­cob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pot­tage; for I am faint: there­fore was his name called Edom. And Ja­cob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Be­hold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Ja­cob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Ja­cob. Then Ja­cob gave Esau bread and pot­tage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau de­spised his birthright.”

— Gen­e­sis 25:29-34

We may con­sider this ac­count of in­signif­i­cance; but, in fact, it has a mes­sage of great sig­nif­i­cance to ev­ery Chris­tian to­day.

As Isaac’s first­born son, Esau had the birthright, a dou­ble por­tion of the in­her­i­tance and, in Esau’s case, the bless­ings given to Abra­ham and Isaac which in­cluded not only the prom­ise of the land but of the Mes­siah and Sav­ior of the world. Yet, for a sin­gle meal when he was hun­gry, Esau sold his birthright to Ja­cob his brother. For one serv­ing of food which sat­is­fied him for only a few hours, Esau gave up bless­ings which ex­tend into eter­nity!

The sa­cred text con­cludes the ac­count with the words: “Thus Esau de­spised his birthright.” The word “de­spised” doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean he hated it or loathed it, but that he re­garded it of lit­tle value or worth.

As Chris­tians — be­liev­ers in the Lord Je­sus Christ — we have an eter­nal in­her­i­tance await­ing us in heaven. It is “an in­her­i­tance in­cor­rupt­ible, and un­de­filed, and that fadeth not away” made sure to us by the res­ur­rec­tion of our Sav­ior, Je­sus Christ, from the dead (1 Peter 1:3,4). Je­sus Him­self told us that He is pre­par­ing a place for us to be with Him in the man­sions of His Fa­ther’s house (cf. John 14:1-6). By His in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death, Je­sus won for us and all peo­ple com­plete for­give­ness of sins and a place with Him in heaven. His res­ur­rec­tion is proof that our eter­nal sal­va­tion is won.

Yet the Scrip­tures also warn us of the dan­gers of sin and its de­ceit­ful­ness: “Lest any man fail of the grace of God … lest there be any for­ni­ca­tor, or pro­fane per­son, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that af­ter­ward, when he would have in­her­ited the bless­ing, he was re­jected: for he found no place of re­pen­tance, though he sought it care­fully with tears” (He­brews 12:16,17; cf. Gen­e­sis 27:30-40).

And how of­ten it hap­pens! Those for whom Christ died — those who have heard of His bless­ings of for­give­ness and life ev­er­last­ing and who have, for a time, even trusted in His name – for the pass­ing plea­sures of sin give it all up and de­spise their heav­enly birthright in Christ Je­sus!

Then, when Je­sus re­turns on the Last Day to bless all who have placed their trust in Him with life eter­nal in the man­sions of His Fa­ther’s house, they will cry, “Bless me, even me also.” But there will be no bless­ing left for them be­cause they did not trust in Je­sus and count the bless­ings He won for them by the shed­ding of His holy and pre­cious blood of any value — they traded them all for the plea­sures of this world which pass away with their use. The bless­ing which was once theirs will be taken from them for­ever!

The warn­ing for us as be­liev­ers is not to es­teem the grace of God lightly —not to risk it all or sell our birthright in Je­sus Christ to en­joy the tem­po­rary plea­sures of this world.

How do we know that God, who has so gra­ciously called us to faith will again rekin­dle faith in our hearts when we deny our Sav­ior and re­ject the Spirit’s work­ing? Christ shed His blood on the cross to re­deem us. Let’s not tram­ple His pre­cious blood un­der our feet and count it as an un­holy thing, lest we bring the wrath of God upon our­selves (cf. He­brews 10:29)!

And, for those many times we have not trea­sured the bless­ings of God which are ours in Christ Je­sus, let’s turn to the prom­ises of God’s Word:

“If we con­fess our sins, He is faith­ful and just to for­give us our sins, and to cleanse us from all un­righ­teous­ness … If any man sin, we have an Ad­vo­cate with the Fa­ther, Je­sus Christ the right­eous: and He is the pro­pi­ti­a­tion for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 1:9: 2:1,2).

“Come now, and let us rea­son to­gether, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scar­let, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crim­son, they shall be as wool” (Isa­iah 1:18).

Have you de­spised your birthright in the Lord Je­sus Christ? Have you counted it of so lit­tle value that you have risked it all for the sake of the plea­sures of this world? If so, look to God for mercy now, be­fore it is too late! Re­pent and place your faith in Christ Je­sus that you may have par­don and peace and ob­tain the bless­ings he won for you when He sac­ri­ficed Him­self for all upon the cross!

Dear Lord Je­sus, for­give me for de­spis­ing my birthright in You — for fail­ing to take hold of and trea­sure the for­give­ness and life You won for me by Your in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death in my stead. Gra­ciously bless me with Your Holy Spirit and re­store to me the joy of Your sal­va­tion. Amen. SCRIP­TURE QUO­TA­TIONS TAKEN FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BI­BLE

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