Finish well. November 8
Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom. ) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright. ” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. Genesis 25:29-34
Continuing from Friday’s comments on Solomon and his failure to finish well: Solomon traded the presence of God in his life for what the world had to offer. Oh how many who have made this trade since? I’m not very good at trading. I tell people I usually buy high and sell cheap. But even I can read and say that’s a bad trade. Perhaps one of the worst trades of all time is in our scripture above today. Esau trades the birthright for a bowl of stew? This was no ordinary birthright or inheritance. This was all the promises that God had given Abraham, which were to be worked out in his descendants. Wow!! Give that all up for a bowl of stew???? I believe, though it was no ordinary inheritance it had become ordinary to Esau. Jacob was not really a better person than Esau, he just realized the importance and greatness of Gods blessing and did what he needed to obtain it. Even wrestling with an angel to receive Gods favor. Do we today realize what an inheritance we have. Brothers and sisters we have a promise of eternal life through our relative Christ Jesus. By all means stay in the faith, following on thru whatever we must. Above all maintain that relationship with him, whatever you must wrestle against. Don’t make a bad trade today or any other day by leaving Jesus Christ. Let’s keep in the faith by Gods help today.