MEMORISE : And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit
shall this birthright do to me? GENESIS 25 : 32.
READ : GENESIS 25 : 29 – 34.
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage;
for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this
birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his
birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and
drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 3 – 4 AND MARK 11 : 1 – 19.
While the decisions made at crossroads resulted in a great future for Moses,
Elisha, Daniel, Peter, Paul and Ruth, the decision of Esau at such a moment
blighted his future. Esau found himself at a crossroads when his brother,
Jacob, offered him food (a present need) in exchange for his birthright (a
future asset). He experienced a negative turning point when he chose to sell
his birthright. He filled his stomach with bread and pottage of lentils, gulped
some drinks, rose up and went his way, but he forever lived to regret it. The
Bible in Hebrews 12 : 16 – 17 says :
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel
for meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would
have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
Another figure who took a decision that led to a negative turning point was
Reuben, the first son of Jacob. He defiled the bed of his father by sleeping
with his father’s concubine. When Reuben was taking this decision to humiliate
his father, little did he know that he was destroying his own future. Our
Father in heaven deserves our honour and not humiliation. We humiliate our
Heavenly Father when we offer Him worship that is polluted with sinful habits
( Malachi 1 : 6 – 7 ). As Priest of God ( Revelation 1 : 6 ), when we lift up unholy
hands in worship of God, we are offering polluted “bread” on His altar. This is
the reason why the Bible in Romans 12 : 1 says :
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
The most fearful thing in the story of Reuben is that after he did the
abominable act, he did not realise that his father knew about it, because his
father never even mentioned it ( Genesis 35 : 22 ). However, on the day of
reckoning, his father placed a curse on him ( Genesis 49 : 3 – 4 ). I will
therefore encourage you to pray that the Lord will, through the blood of Jesus
Christ, undo whatever you have done wrong in the past that is troubling you
now even as a Christian.
PRAYER POINT :
Father, please undo whatever I have done in the time of ignorance that has
placed a curse on me.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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