And Esau said, Look, I am about to die; so, what is this birthright to me? Genesis 25:32 NKJV
What is a birthright? How can a person sell or trade a birthright? In our culture the word birthright really does not have much significance. It has become unusual for a man to leave an estate to his first-born child and exclude other children.
I am my father’s first born. I carry his name. I cherish his memory and the things he taught me. I distributed his estate according to his wishes.
I am responsible to represent my father in a way that will honor him and make him proud. I am proud to be my father’s son. I will always be my father’s son even though he went to be with the Lord years ago.
Esau’s birthright meant nothing to him. He valued his birthright less than a bowl of stew.
Was a birthright passed from father to son by means of a “birthright deed” that could be traded or sold? Was a “birthright certificate” issued? Did the seller of a birthright give up his sandal to signify that the birthright had been transferred from seller to buyer?
How would we go about determining the value of a person’s birthright? Can I sell or trade my birthright? It does not matter. I would not sell my birthright for any amount of money. I would not trade my birthright for anything.
If I wanted to trade or sell my birthright how could I? It is a part of me. It is who I am. I cannot be separated from it.
Esau gave up something that could never be bought, sold or traded.
Esau separated himself from the respect and honor of a godly father. He separated himself from the blessing of his Heavenly Father and lineage of the Messiah. Esau thought so little of his birthright he thought he was cheating his brother!
If you have been born again into the Kingdom of God you have received a birthright.
You we will receive an inheritance from the Lord. Our Heavenly Father is our portion. We will receive everything God promised to people who love Him and are called according to His purposes!
What is God’s purpose for us? Jesus saved us so we can represent Him. Jesus saved us so we can honor Him. Jesus saved us so He can reach the lost, the lonely and the brokenhearted with His saving grace.
Jesus saved us so we can leave a godly heritage to our children. Jesus saved us so other people can receive an inheritance from the Lord!
Represent your Heavenly Father in a way that will make Him proud of you!
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