Esau, a skillful hunter returns home famished and tells Jacob his brother, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew…’ to which Jacob replied ‘first sell me your birthright’ Genesis 25:29-33. The transaction took place. Esau is remembered as ‘godless for he sold his inheritance for a single meal as the oldest son’ Hebrew 12:24.
You and I have a birthright…a spiritual inheritance which makes a Christian to stand out as a Child of God. The aim of the enemy is for each one of us to be remembered as godless. However, since he cannot steal one’s spiritual inheritance; his strategy is to tempt one to give it away in exchange for a ‘bowl of soup’.
Just like Esau, so often we find ourselves in a situation between upholding one’s spiritual birthright or giving it away for a ‘Bowl of soup’. But, we need to purpose that we will overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of our testimony Rev.12:11. Our testimony should not be placed under the bowl; but right on top where men can see …and glorify God in every situation of our life.
In the parable of the lost son, the prodigal son was impatient for his inheritance Luke 15:11-20. So desirous of having it all now…well, he received his inheritance and treated himself to all the ‘exotic beans’ at his disposal which finally came to an end …as they always do. Amazing, the love of a Father! When the prodigal son ‘came back to himself’ and decided to go back home…his father rushed to him and embraced him back with love for a long lost son.
Another Son, left his Father in Heaven for earth and while in a state of hunger, the tempter approached him with a ‘bowl’ to which “Jesus replied, It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God Mathew 4:4.” The son held onto his birthright and did not sell out. And because of his faithfulness, each one of us can receive the birthright to be known as a Child of God through Jesus Christ.
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” Acts 20:32.