by Eddie Snipes

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Our Birthright (Part 1 of 2)
Eddie Snipes
Hebrews 12:12-17

Take a look at the example given of Esau's despising of his birthright. Genesis 25:24-34.

Would Esau have died from a day of hunger? We also have a birthright that we have inherited through faith in Christ, but like Esau, it is far too tempting to despise the birthright God has given us by exchanging it for instant gratification. Esau couldn't wait for the future benefit, but opted instead to trade his inheritance for a pot of stew. That is exactly what many believers are doing in their own lives. We don't like to think we despise our inheritance of heaven, yet when we trade it away to get a moment of pleasure or forfeit God's promises to live for the 'here and now' with no regard for God's purposes. Esau was so short sighted that he could only see his hunger. When the only thing we see is what the flesh craves and satisfying that craving is the only thing we focus on, we will feel like we can't hold out. We feel like we are going to die if we don't satisfy our cravings. When we put our hope in the flesh, we will justify our actions as did Esau. We will fulfill our flesh and go our way with no regard for the consequences or the loss of the future benefits. When that day comes, there is no repentance. I am sure Esau's father Isaac was sorrowful because he loved Esau, but all the sorrow and all the tears could not turn back the clock and regain what was lost.

In the Jewish culture in which Esau lived, unless disqualified, the first-born was the first in line to inherit many benefits. The first-born was considered to be the priest of the family and he received a double portion of the father's possessions. The first-born also inherited the judicial authority of his father. Two good examples of disqualified sons are Esau, who despised his birthright, and Rueben, who defiled himself through adultery and covered it up thinking his father didn't know. Because he never repented, he was held in account whe ...

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