Do not sell yourself out for something insignificant

Genesis Bible Background

01.10.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 25.29–34

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 25–26 on January 10, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Bible refers to Esau, one of the sons of Isaac and older twin brother to Jacob, as a profane person, “lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright” (Hebrews 12.16). Here is the episode from Genesis,

Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright (Genesis 25.29–34).

Have you said, “I’m starving to death!”? If you did not eat immediately, did you believe that you would die? Esau did! His hunger so drove him that he willingly gave up something much more significant than one meal.

Questions:

  • What is most important in life?
  • Are you willing to suffer to keep the important things as your top priorities?

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