Sunday Pulpit Series
The Power of Truth 15
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
The Abrahamic covenant operated by special favour upon chosen sons.
One of the sons of the founding fathers, would be chosen to be the next leader of the family.
He would also become Jehovah’s covenant partner for his generation. This favour was invested in the birthright.
A birthright is simply a right or privilege that one is entitled to have, by virtue of being born first in the family.
Genesis 25:31 NKJV
“But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”
The birthright was a highly coveted possession.
It was of immense value and benefit.
Esau, however despised his birthright and became a reproach.
Genesis 25:32 NKJV
“And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”
Esau claimed to be at death’s door.
Genesis 25:29-30a NKJV
“Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.”
Jacob wanted Esau’s birthright.
He was ready to buy it.
Esau was ready to sell it cheaply.
Hebrews 12:16 NKJV
“Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.”
We are warned not to be like Esau.
Esau failed because of four things.
Esau did not know the value of what he had.
Children, in some countries, have been known to exchange rough diamonds for bottles of coke.
The kids didn’t know the value of their diamonds, because uncut diamonds look like stones.
Esau exaggerated his problems.
He claimed to be dying when he was actually simply hungry and tired.
Esau made a permanent decision based on temporary circumstances.
He permanently relinquished his birthright because of temporary hunger.
Esau valued carnal, physical things above spiritual things.
A perverted value system leads to perverted decisions.
You will not be like Esau, in Jesus’ name.
May you enjoy your rights and privileges as you go to church.