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Esau’s Bad Bargain. Genesis 25:29-34. Esau. One of the saddest figures in the Bible is that of Esau . Firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah , twin brother of Jacob. Genesis 25:21-26 Loved by his father because he was a skillful hunter. Genesis 25:27-28
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Esau’s Bad Bargain Genesis 25:29-34
Esau • One of the saddest figures in the Bible is that of Esau. • Firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah, twin brother of Jacob. Genesis 25:21-26 • Loved by his father because he was a skillful hunter. Genesis 25:27-28 • Esau was a man who had his good side. • He showed kindness to his brother who had deceived him. Genesis 33:1-16 • He helped bury his father Isaac. Genesis 35:29
Esau • On two occasions he was manipulated by his brother Jacob. • The first when Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage. Genesis 25:29-34 • The second when Jacob stole the blessing designed for Esau. Genesis 27:1-41
Esau’s Birthright • The physical advantages of the birthright • Contained a double portion of the father's inheritance. • Deuteronomy 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. • The amount would have been very great, for what he eventually received was also great. Genesis 36:6-7 • Offered rule and authority over other members of the family. Genesis 27:29
Esau’s Birthright • The spiritual advantages of this particular birthright • Patriarch and priest of the house on the death of his father. • Chief of the chosen family, and heir of the promised blessing. • Able to invoke the blessing of Abraham, regarding the threefold promise. Genesis 28:4; 12:1-3 Albert Barnes Commentary “In after times the right of primogeniture consisted in a double portion of the father's goods De 21:17, and a certain rank as the patriarch and priest of the house on the death of the father. But in the case of Isaac there was the far higher dignity of chief of the chosen family and heir of the promised blessing, with all the immediate and ultimate temporal and eternal benefits therein included.”
Esau’s Bad Bargain • Esau chose the sensual over the spiritual • He gave in to the cravings of his hunger. Genesis 25:29-34 • He valued the red pottage more highly than his birthright. • For this reason he was called "a profane person" Hebrews 12:14-16
Esau’s Bad Bargain • Esau chose the present over the future • He tossed away future rewards for present gratification. • The pottage may have satisfied his hunger for the day, but what the next day?
Are We Selling Our Birthright? OUR BIRTHRIGHT AS CHRISTIANS • We are heirs according to the promise made to Abraham. • Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. • We are joint-heirs with Christ. • Romans 8:16-17 • We are heirs according to the hope of eternal life. • Titus 3:7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Are We Selling Our Birthright? • We are heirs of the kingdom which He has promised • James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? • 2 Peter 1:11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. • In Him, all things are ours • Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
Are We Selling Our Birthright? • Our inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, that does not fade away, reserved in heaven. • 1 Peter 1:4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, What a wonderful birthright, and not just limited to things in the hereafter! Mark 10:28-30
Are We Making A Bad Bargain? Selling Our Birthright • Succumbing to the passing pleasures of sin. • Hebrews 11:24-26 • Lusting for things of the world. • 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. • James 4:4 Adulterers andadulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Are We Making A Bad Bargain? • Walking after the flesh rather than after the Spirit. • Romans 8:1-17
How might we hold on to our birthright? • Pursue peace and holiness • Hebrews 12:14 • Be careful not to fall short of God's grace. • Hebrews 12:15 • Exercise discipline and godliness. • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 • 1 Timothy 4:7-8
Don’t Be Like Esau. Hebrews 12:16-17 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Obey The Gospel Today! • Believe – John 8:24 • Repent – Luke 13:3 • Confess – Matthew 10:32-33 • Be Baptized – Mark 16:16 • Be Faithful – Revelation 2:10