Hunger gnaws at Esau, pain eating him from the inside out. He can’t remember ever being this hungry. He staggers, exhausted, into the room where his brother, Jacob, is preparing a warm meal.
“I’m starving! Give me some of that red stew.”
“Sure,” Jacob replied, “but first you will have to trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
Caught up in the heat of the moment, seeking only to satisfy the immediate needs of his flesh, Esau concedes. “I’m dying of starvation! What good is my birthright now?”
Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
I know what you are thinking. That is stupid. You would never do something like that, not for a meal. After all, how can you compare a bowl of soup to life’s pleasures, trials, and cares that people currently take in place of salvation. Certainly Esau’s trade is MUCH sillier than anything people trade today.
As long as we are making comparisons, I ask you to consider: How can you compare an earthly inheritance with a heavenly inheritance? An earthly inheritance, as great as it could be, is still just a bowl of soup compared to all that the Lord has for His children!
Anything you could take in place of your inheritance is like a bowl of beans in comparison!
Don’t make Esau’s trade. Treasure your inheritance.