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  • 1. The Rivalry Birthright
  • 2. Genesis 25:29-34
    • Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.)
    •   Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright ."
    • "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
    • But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
    • 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.
  • 3. What is a Birthright?
    • The advantages given to the eldest son.
    • Great respect in the household.
    • Double portion of father’s property. (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)
    • Succeed the father in official authority (2 Chronicles 21:3)
  • 4. Esau Exchanged it for Red Stew
    • He was hungry
    • He doesn’t think at that time that the birthright was of any use.
  • 5. How Does the Lord View This?
    • Hebrews 12:16
    • “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.”
    • In India, such kind of food is very ordinary and is a picture of low quality.
  • 6. What does this mean to me?
    • Unbeliever
      • It means that when one rejects the Gospel, I am also rejecting God’s offer of a birthright and inheritance of eternal life.
    • Believer
      • If I do not follow God’s commands, I will miss out on his blessing.
      • It is possible that God wants us to take to next level but we’re stuck at one point.
  • 7. Did God Make a Mistake in Esau
    • No in fact God knew this will happen.
      • “ The LORD said to her,        "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."
      • “ 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)
  • 8. Jacob
    • Jacob was a deceiver. He was not totally innocent here.
    • It shows that God loves us and accepts us by Grace.
    • Jacob’s sons became the chosen nation.
    • Jacob was also called Israel (Genesis 32:28)
    • Writing off of line was done
      • Ishmael’s line
      • Esau’s line
  • 9. The Beginning of Israel Abraham Ishmael Isaac Esau Jacob
  • 10. Interesting
    • When Jacob and his descendents were in Egypt, it took 400 years for God to save them and send to the promise land.
    • From Malachi to the time of Jesus, it also took 400 years.
  • 11. Esau’s, Edomites
    • Descendents became bitter enemies of Israel (just as God said during Esau’s birth)
    • Plundered and attacked Israel 4 times.
    • They usually help Israel’s enemies.
    • There were prophecies regarding its fall.
    • Some say Job (Jobab) was an Edomite. The names of Esau’s descendents can also be found in the book of Job.
  • 12.
    • The region has much reddish sandstone , which may have given rise to the name "Edom".
    • 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.
    • It had kings even before the time of Israel. (Genesis 36:31)
  • 13. The Last Hurrah of the Edomites
    • Herod was an Idumean (Greek for Edomite)
    • During his time Edom was a conquered nation.
    • By 70 AD their line slowly disappeared
  • 14. What does this mean to me?
    • Interest in God
      • Jacob was interested but Esau was not.
    • Struggling With God
      • Jacob did and became Israel
      • Esau doesn’t care.
    • Jacob showed humility (Genesis 32:10)
  • 15. What does this mean to me?
    • Our choices or decisions will have consequences.
    • Accepting God or rejecting Him will have eternal consequences