|Genesis 25:27-34 |
27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the open country [favoring the world]; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he ate his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Now Jacob was cooking stew when Esau came in from the open country and was famished.
30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Feed me some of that red lentil stew, for I am famished." Therefore was his name called Edom [Red].
31 And Jacob said, "Then sell me your birthright as of this day."
32 And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die, what good is this birthright to me?"
33 And Jacob said, "Swear to me this day;" and he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose up, and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright.2
2 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose up, and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright. Esau gave his birthright away for a bowl of stew. The parallel for us is to not forsake the hope of the Kingdom of God, the inheritance of the saints, because of our lusts for something of the earth: food, drink, pleasures, sex, passions, money, power, etc. Whatever we might think is more important, it is no more than a bowl of stew in comparison to the treasures of heaven that await us — if we persist in seeking, listening, and obeying to the end of our selfish spirits' death on the inward cross of self-denial.