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Rights of the Firstborn
Miles McPherson - June 27, 2004

Message Recap

Miles' Sunday message continued our look through Genesis. This week we focused on the story of Isaac's son Esau and the mistakes he made.

Life's Not Fair

Until we get this notion out of our head, we'll continue to pity ourselves and blame our failures on our position. Some people have more blessings than you.

Remember Miles talking about how he had just spoken to a bunch of NFL rookies. He said that sometimes you'll do something really great and no one will notice and other times someone else will get praise, even for things they might not deserve.

Esau and Jabob

Esau and Jacob were twins. Esau was actually born minutes before Jacob. Because he was hairy and red, he was named Esau. Jacob's name mean "tricker" or "deceiver", a name that he would truly live out.

Esau grew up as man of the land, a skilled hunter. His father, Isaac, loved him greatly. On the other hand, Isaac's wife, Rebekah, loved Jacob more.

Right of the Firstborn

Being the firstborn Esau had an enormous advantage and strong potential.

  1. Authority as leader over the family
    The firstborn was responsible for caring for the mother when the father passed away, burying the parents, continuing the family name and business, etc.
  2. Priesthood over the family
    The firstborn was to be a Spiritual leader.
  3. A double portion of the inheritance
    They were given twice as much because more was required from them. Luke 12:48 says, To whom much (light) has been given, much (responsibility) will be required.

God Setting Us Apart

Miles asked the church to question what if God called us to a higher calling, to be different and "peculiar" in a way? What would you do with the opportunity?

In fact, 1 Peter 2:9 says, you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Esau's Decisions

Unfortunately, Esau made a poor, rash decision. He sold his birthright to his brother, Jacob, for a bowl of stew. Why? It doesn't make sense.

  1. He was impatient
    This happens to us a lot of times when we don't get what we want. Don't forget that your father in heaven knows and only wants what's best for you.
  2. He didn't think
    He let a spur of the moment decision, a temporary pleasure rob him of God's blessings. The devil is always going to feed your carnal nature, to trick you into trading in something 1000 times better for incomparably little in return.
  3. He lost sight of the big picture
    It's easy to get caught up in the moment and miss the big picture. Don't let it happen to you. Remember to have an eternal perspective.

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