The rank of first-born had definite advantages in biblical times. It was simply understood that the first-born would inherit the "birthright" -- that is, would have take over all of the father's earthly treasures. It might have been a bitter pill for the second-borns to have to swallow, but this pill became, no doubt, even bigger for the younger of a first-born set of twins! And this is exactly the situation Jacob found himself in. Couple this with the fact that God had already promised the greater blessing to Jacob, and Jacob also had a mother who would stop at NOTHING to get her son the desire of his heart!
But what about Esau? He was, rightfully, the first-born, and he was the favorite of his father (vs. 28)! The birthright was rightfully his. Did he cherish it as Jacob would have? That's not what the Bible tells us! In fact, Gen. 25:34 tells us that he "despised" his birthright! After all, he is willing to trade it all for a bowl of soup, stating that a birthright is worthless to a man who has starved to death! The very thing that Jacob was willing to lie and cheat for was something that Esau "despised"!
My friends, we, too, have a birthright. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we become sons of God (Gal 3:26: "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus . . ."). And as sons and daughters of God, we are also heirs to His kingdom (Titus 3:7-8: "so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."). That means that the birthright -- eternal life -- is available to each and every one who has accepted Jesus' gift of Salvation. This is exciting news! We aren't the "second-born" son! We don't have to cheat and lie to have our birthright! It is ours simply on the merits of Jesus' blood!
With this in mind, we can make one of two choices: We can rejoice in our birthright, praise God for this blessing, continually standing in awe and wonder that such a wonderful gift could be ours; or we, like Esau, can "despise" our birthright! But how can we despise our birthright of eternal life? Like Esau, we can treat it as unimportant. We can take it for granted. We can squander it for earthly pleasures and material gain.
Father God, help me to continually be in awe and wonder that such a valuable gift is mine! May I never again take it for granted. May I recognize its true value, especially in the light of what the world has to offer. Lord, may I, like Jacob, value it for what it is, guarding and protecting it with every thought, word and action!
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