Meditate on Genesis 25:33 “‘ Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.”
Genesis 25 begins with Abraham’s taking of another wife, the lineage of their children, and then his death. We get a glimpse into his son Ishmael’s descendants. Finally, we get Isaac. After Abraham’s death, Isaac would be the son that stood to inherit both the material and spiritual promises from God.
Isaac and Rebekah are married for twenty years before their prayers for a child are answered. When they’re finally answered it is revealed by God to Rebekah that she will have twin boys. They will be separate and the older will serve the younger.
God’s words to Rebekah could not have been more correct as we read about Jacob and Esau’s looks, personalities, even their preferred hobbies. However, in true sibling fashion, the chapter wraps up with a bit of a spat between the two brothers. Jacob tries to sneakily buy something that was not for sale and Esau sells something that truly did not belong to him in the first place. The Lord’s words ring true again when Jacob “receives” Esau’s birthright for a bowl of stew.
The reality of this story is the same for believers and nonbelievers the same. We all belong to God however we can choose to forsake that birthright for the temporary pleasures of today. Esau did not know the value of his birthright. Let us not make that same mistake. We have another choice. We can choose instead to deny our flesh, take up our cross, and inherit the good things promised from our father in due time.
Prayer: God thank you that you have extended me the opportunity to inherit your kingdom and be a part of your family. God help me to delay my fleshly desire for instant gratification. Make the fruit of longsuffering evident in my life as I wait upon your promises. In Jesus’ name amen.
Application: What does this story tell you about the character of both Jacob and Esau? Was one better than the other? (Hint: NO)
What does this tell you about the character of God?
are there any areas of your life where you may have compromised an eternal priority for a temporary pleasure?
Memorize & apply 1 John 2:15 ” Do not love this world nor the things that it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the father in you.”