February 14, 2018.    Pastor Charles
BIRTHRIGHT VERSUS FOOD

16 Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Hebrews 12:16-17


17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
Deuteronomy 21:17


By selling his birthright, Esau gave out his double portion (Deuteronomy 21: 15-17). The double portion was a right. Genesis 26:12-14 paints a picture of his father Isaac’s wealth and thus gives an idea of the double portion of what he would have received. Isaac was great in material things. It was a double portion of this that Esau lost for the immediate. That was the consequence. Maybe because of a monthly tithe of a hundred thousand Naira, that you were too stingy to give, you eventually lost a ten million US Dollar contract and yet everything seemed to have shown you that you were going to get that contract. It was because you ate your reward before the time.

The Bible said in Hebrews 12:17 that Esau sought for The Blessing with tears. He had despised holy things. The double portion was part of his inheritance. Apart from the material inheritance, Esau also lost honour, position and relevance. Before the Law and the Priesthood were introduced, the first son of every family, stood as the priest of that family and the blesser of generations unborn. Esau lost that too. If there is anything I want to be, it is to be a blessing to my generation, and generations yet unborn.

These are all elements of the first born inheritance which he lost, as a result of sacrificing the permanent at the altar of the immediate. He ate the food and forfeited The Blessing.

Confession: Lord, I will gladly sacrifice the immediate on the altar of the permanent. I will look afar off like the eagle and I will be led by purpose and principles in the decisions I make, in Jesus’ Name.