The Rivalry

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The Rivalry

  1. 1. The Rivalry Birthright
  2. 2. Genesis 25:29-34 <ul><li>Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, &quot;Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!&quot; (That is why he was also called Edom.) </li></ul><ul><li>  Jacob replied, &quot;First sell me your birthright .&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Look, I am about to die,&quot; Esau said. &quot;What good is the birthright to me?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>But Jacob said, &quot;Swear to me first.&quot; So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. </li></ul><ul><li>Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.       So Esau despised his birthright. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Birthright? <ul><li>The advantages given to the eldest son. </li></ul><ul><li>Great respect in the household. </li></ul><ul><li>Double portion of father’s property. (Deuteronomy 21:15-17) </li></ul><ul><li>Succeed the father in official authority (2 Chronicles 21:3) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Esau Exchanged it for Red Stew <ul><li>He was hungry </li></ul><ul><li>He doesn’t think at that time that the birthright was of any use. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Does the Lord View This? <ul><li>Hebrews 12:16 </li></ul><ul><li>“See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau , who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.” </li></ul><ul><li>In India, such kind of food is very ordinary and is a picture of low quality. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does this mean to me? <ul><li>Unbeliever </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It means that when one rejects the Gospel, I am also rejecting God’s offer of a birthright and inheritance of eternal life. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Believer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If I do not follow God’s commands, I will miss out on his blessing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is possible that God wants us to take to next level but we’re stuck at one point. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Did God Make a Mistake in Esau <ul><li>No in fact God knew this will happen. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The LORD said to her,        &quot;Two nations are in your womb,        and two peoples from within you will be separated;        one people will be stronger than the other,        and the older will serve the younger.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob.” (Genesis 25:23-26) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Jacob <ul><li>Jacob was a deceiver. He was not totally innocent here. </li></ul><ul><li>It shows that God loves us and accepts us by Grace. </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob’s sons became the chosen nation. </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob was also called Israel (Genesis 32:28) </li></ul><ul><li>Writing off of line was done </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ishmael’s line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Esau’s line </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Beginning of Israel Abraham Ishmael Isaac Esau Jacob
  10. 10. Interesting <ul><li>When Jacob and his descendents were in Egypt, it took 400 years for God to save them and send to the promise land. </li></ul><ul><li>From Malachi to the time of Jesus, it also took 400 years. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Esau’s, Edomites <ul><li>Descendents became bitter enemies of Israel (just as God said during Esau’s birth) </li></ul><ul><li>Plundered and attacked Israel 4 times. </li></ul><ul><li>They usually help Israel’s enemies. </li></ul><ul><li>There were prophecies regarding its fall. </li></ul><ul><li>Some say Job (Jobab) was an Edomite. The names of Esau’s descendents can also be found in the book of Job. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The region has much reddish sandstone , which may have given rise to the name &quot;Edom&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>The nation of Edom is known to have existed back to the 8th or 9th century BC E, and the Bible dates it back several centuries further. </li></ul><ul><li>It had kings even before the time of Israel. (Genesis 36:31) </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Last Hurrah of the Edomites <ul><li>Herod was an Idumean (Greek for Edomite) </li></ul><ul><li>During his time Edom was a conquered nation. </li></ul><ul><li>By 70 AD their line slowly disappeared </li></ul>
  14. 14. What does this mean to me? <ul><li>Interest in God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jacob was interested but Esau was not. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Struggling With God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jacob did and became Israel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Esau doesn’t care. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jacob showed humility (Genesis 32:10) </li></ul>
  15. 15. What does this mean to me? <ul><li>Our choices or decisions will have consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Accepting God or rejecting Him will have eternal consequences </li></ul>

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