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Our Birthright (2 of 2)
Last week we began by breaking down this passage and studying ways we disqualify our birthright that is inherited through Christ and how to guard our hearts so that we walk as a child of God. We examined the root of bitterness that defiles us and the need to pursue peace with all people. We also examined the need to strengthen our lives in God. You can't walk in God's will and remain weak, feeble and easily led away by the desires of the world. We strengthen ourselves by walking according to God's purposes and living by His strength. This week, I want to look a little further at some of the other ways this passage warns us not to exchange our birthright for the world.
In this culture, sexual impurity is a dominant force. You can't escape the non-stop bombardment of sexual temptations and challenges to the values God has established. The only way to withstand is to heed the warning to Timothy, "guard what was committed to your trust". Each of us who received God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ has been entrusted with the command to work out that salvation with fear and trembling. Sexual impurity is the quickest way to drain the life out of our spiritual life. I frequently hear people say that they can't hold out. The temptation is just too great. This was Esau's attitude as well. Esau felt like he was about to die of starvation, he saw the stew ready and he willingly sold his birthright to quench the weakness of his flesh. The reality is that Esau would not have died of starvation as he claimed and in the end, he was crushed with disappointment when he not only lost his birthright, but his rightful blessing was also taken from him as well.
To fill in the gaps I should explain the difference. Esau was the firstborn and this gave him rights over all his siblings. He was to gain a double portion of the inheritance of his father. The blessing that was given by the father is how he ...
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