I am so thankful for the Word of God and the power in it to change lives. Today I heard probably the best preaching I have ever heard concerning Jacob and Esau. The “twelve tribes of Israel” is a term that is familiar to all who have studied the Bible. It refers to the twelve sons of Jacob, but it really could have and should have been the 12 tribes of Esau. As the firstborn son of Isaac, Esau was the one that was entitled to the birthright and all the benefits that came along with it. Esau and Jacob were raised in a God fearing home and no doubt grew up hearing of Adam and Eve, knowing that there is only one God and seeing devotion to God displayed by their parents. Even though Esau had a godly heritage, somehow he failed to get it down in his heart. At one time, serving God may have been the most important thing in his life, but there came a point when his affections started to shift. If we’re not careful, the same thing can happen to us.
Rev. Thomas was talking to the young people and mentioned that when you go to get a job or to get an education, your number 1 priority should be “will this job or educational opportunity allow me to still be faithful to the house of God?(Please study out Hebrews 10:25 if you don’t think going to church is important.) If it doesn’t you should let it go, because your spiritual welfare is more important. I know that’s not popular preaching, but I believe it’s absolutely right. I’ve seen many fall away from God because they were so focused on pursuing a career or education that it became their number 1 priority. Another point that was brought out was at the time, Esau could not really see all that the birthright entitled. Yes, he knew the birthright would cause him to inherit a large portion of his father’s good when he died, along with God’s blessing on His life. What he could not see at the time was that there would be kings and important people that would come out of his lineage.
When we are born again as the Scripture teaches there are things we can see in living for God that are good. We have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, and we know we have a hope of heaven. We’ve heard about heaven, and we can read some about it in the Bible, but we don’t really know what it is going to be like. We just can’t see that far yet, but it is part of what we will inherit if we remain faithful in living for God. Esau stood to inherit so much, but because he did not see the value in what he had and lost the ability to distinguish between good and evil, he was willing to sell out cheaply for a stinking bowl of beans! When Jacob told Esau he would give him a bowl of his killer beans if Esau would just give him the birthright, Esau probably could have popped Jacob in the nose, said “Are you out of your mind?” and just took the bowl of beans. Yet, we don’t see any resistance on Esau’s part. He was willing to just hand the birthright over for something he wanted here and now.
I probably haven’t done this sermon justice, but it was just one of those messages that made you want to examine your heart and say “Jesus, please don’t let me lose my focus and help me to keep you #1 in my life!”(Help my kids to keep you #1 in their lives!) I want to have that kind of heart that continually hungers after the things of God. I hope you do too.