(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 named called Edom. (31) And Jacob said, Sell me this day your 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 lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25: 29-34)
In order for us to better understand the absurdity of Esau selling his birthright. We must first understand what the birthright is and what it represented to the Israelites especially to the firstborn son. The firstborn in the Jews family were allotted the birthright, It came with the honor of being the priest and the judiciary of the family. He would receive a double portion of his father’s inheritance, he was ranked superior to other sons born in the family. It was a coveted position among the sons of the Israelites. Esau by birth was guaranteed this right. The thing is though he didn’t realize the significance of what he possessed.
(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.
Esau was a hunter. It was what he was called to do. The scripture says in verse 29 that Esau was out in the field, and he was faint. I want for you to get the importance of this. Esau was as the bible described him a cunning hunter. In the NIV version it says that he was a skillful hunter. On this particular day however, he came back faint to the point where he felt as if he was about to die. Truth is we’ve all been where Esau was. I can imagine Esau out in the field all day and killing nothing. I can imagine the frustration of being out on the field all day only to come up empty. I mentioned earlier that Esau was called to hunting, he was skillful at it. Anything that we are called to do we are skillful at it, but even then we sometimes come up empty. There will be days in your ministry where you will feel as though you have been out in the field and nothing is happening. Your prayers aren’t being answered, your family is falling apart, your ministry is dwindling and it will feel like you are giving it your all with no return. This is what I meant when I say that we’ve all been where Esau was. Discouraged and faint! It’s when we become faint that we also must be on guard because it’s when we’re the most prone to make foolish decisions that may very well affect our purpose and our destiny. It’s when we become faint that we look at our circumstances with distorted eyes. Here’s the thing about it though. Even though you may see what you possess through false lenses trust that there is someone around you who views it in the proper light. The problem wasn’t with Esau asking Jacob for the pottage it was what Esau was willing to give up for the pottage. The thing about being faint that I want to warn you about is that others around you they can sense it and if they want what you have they will see it as their opportunity to grab hold of it.
(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?
The very idea of selling a birthright for a pot of stew was as silly as exchanging 100 million dollars for $5. It’s not worth it and it won’t get you far or get you much. As I was reading these verses the Holy Spirit said to me Watch who you allow to feed you in the moment that you are faint. Jacob seeing that Esau was at the point of giving up made him an offer that was absolutely ludicrous. Sell me this day thy birthright. Let me ask you this question what’s the calling on your life worth to you? Apparently for Esau it was worth just a bowl of stew. Some of you may be thinking, that I will never be as foolish as Esau to basically give away what God has given me for something that will only fill you for the moment. Really? How many of us might I ask we’re willing to forgo our calling for a relationship that didn’t last six months? How many of us were willing to trade in our ministry for a prestigious job? With its fancy title and all. My point is that sometimes we can be like Esau and give up what God has for us in favor of something that is temporary and not as fulfilling. What the Holy Spirit was saying to me when he told me to watch who I allow to feed me in the time of faintness was to watch out for anyone who desires to take from you in your moment of weakness. The truth of the matter is that even though Esau was faint he was far from dying. It’s amazing how we can exaggerate our circumstances in some situations. I want to encourage those who feel as though they are about to die in their circumstances. For those of you who have been out in the field but coming home each and every night with nothing to show. Your not going to faint and your nowhere close to dying. Hold on to the promise that God has given you. Don’t let someone who is a deceiver trick you out of what is rightfully yours. Esau made a statement that shows us where his head was at. I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? The thing is that he was not going to die even if he would have went to bed that night hungry. He would have not died! I want for you to get this just because you’re in a season where you feel faint because your catching nothing. It does not mean that it’s the end, but because Esau didn’t value what he had he willingly sold his birthright for a little bit of nothing. Twice in the scripture it makes mention of God hating Esau. In Malachi 1:3 it says And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. and in Romans 9:13 it says As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What was it about Esau that warranted him the only man in the bible with whom God hated? It was all because Esau dismissively gave up what was his without a second thought.
(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 lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
It was in the fact that after Esau ate of the pottage arose and went his way. It shows us the disdain that he had for his birth right. The scripture says Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. God loved Jacob not because he was a deceiver, but because he sought after and desired what Esau took for granted. Don’t take what God has placed in your life for granted you have no idea that there is someone who desires to obtain what you have. In fact in verse 26 it says And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel. Jacob came into this world trying to be first. The scripture says that the children struggled within Rebekah to the point where she had to inquire from the Lord why. He informed her that she had two nations inside of her. Here’s my point Esau fought for the top position of obtaining the birthright only to give it up in a moment of temporary desperation. The calling that God has placed on your life. What’s it worth to you. Will you give it up for something that will soon leave you hungry and unfulfilled? Or will you cherish it and value it for what it truly is? What is it worth to you?