and Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day your 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 swore unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob (Gen. 25:30–33).
The birthright was to go to the firstborn. In this case, it was Esau. It pertained to the Father’s Blessing involving Supremacy. It also included a Double Portion of the family estate. Last of all, it concerned the Domestic Priesthood.
The Domestic Priesthood meant that the oldest son acted as Priest for the family and offered the Sacrifices which God had commanded Adam and his sons to offer. Officiating the Sacrifices meant that the firstborn knew and understood that this was a symbol of the Coming Redeemer. But the Scripture says that Esau had no regard for any Coming Redeemer. He was interested only in the now and present. So it would not be as was intended, “The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Esau.” Esau had no faith in that of which we speak.
Jacob, deplorable as was his character, valued Divine and Eternal Blessings. So he tried to purchase the Birthright; he found, to his dismay, that such cannot be done. God has nothing for sale. Everything He has is a “Gift” (Jn. 3:16). Had Jacob placed himself in God’s hands at the beginning, the Prophecy made to his mother before he was born (Gen. 25:23) would have been fulfilled to him without the degradation and suffering which his own scheming brought upon him.
Regrettably, the entirety of the world and most of the Church, as Esau, have no regard for the birthright, i.e., “the Cross of Christ.” And then the few in the Church who do regard the birthright, i.e., “the Cross,” all too often try to obtain it by means other than Faith.
It can be gained only by Faith (Rom. 5:1).
Read Genesis 29:1 through 33:20
Mass media leads us to believe love needs immediate gratification. Many showbiz relationships are short-term and disposable. In today’s world, Jacob might be considered a laughingstock.
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her (Genesis 29:20).
In Jacob’s time, it was customary for the male to give the family a dowry to compensate for the loss of the daughter. When Jacob fell in love with Rachel, he had no dowry. Instead, he agreed to work for Laban, who failed to mention another custom: his older daughter had to marry first. Jacob was tricked into accepting the older daughter in exchange for his first seven years of work. For Rachel, he would be required to work another seven years. Jacob considered his love for Rachel and did the work.
Instant gratification and disposable relationships are worldly values. God’s standards are different. Jesus offers people His unconditional love. Are His people willing to love as He loves, and love others as He commanded?
Prayer Suggestion: Jesus, help me to love like You and not to count the cost.
Quicklook: Genesis 29:20–28
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