“One day Jacob was cooking a stew. Esau came in from the field, starved. Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stew—I’m starved!” That’s how he came to be called Edom (Red).
Jacob said, “Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.” Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?” Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn. Jacob gave him bread and the stew of lentils. He ate and drank, got up and left. That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.”
Genesis 25:29-34 MSG
Esau traded his divine kingdom birthright to Jacob for food: bread 🍞 and a red stew of lentils. Let’s not immediately jump to conclusions and decry the deeds of Esau.
Esau was really hungry. I am not sure what he did when he went to that field. Probably hunt. The Bible says He was a hunter. Regardless, whatever He did really took the juice out of him. He had very little fuel left. Then He smelled the wonderful aroma of the Lentil soup 🍜 on His way back home.
The Lentil stew would have tasted wonderful. Hey, I wasn’t there and I’m not sure I have tried that kind of soup personally. Let’s all hope to God that Jacob was a good cook. It doesn’t really matter. Does it? Esau was really hungry. So we see him make a solemn oath, trading his divine birthright for food. This is what red lentil stew looks like:
That is what many of us believers do. Actually this wisdom applies to everyone including unbelievers. The Bible is awesome that way. We trade our divine birthright, our blessings, great destinies for physical things of less importance like a relationship. Something as temporal as a night of sexual pleasure, drugs, getting wasted with alcohol 🍺.
The meal that Esau traded His birthright for just took I think … 5 minutes? Make it two; acknowledging the fact that He was really really hungry. But all the same, it was temporal. Esau was rejuvenated and then went to the washroom later that day and that was it. But the divine birthright he traded entailed his kingdom blessings that streamed down to His descendants all the way to Christ and his body -us believers.
Esau was clearly duped by Jacob. Jacob was crafty and smart. I’ll give him that. His 419 levels had the tendency to make even the Devil jealous. That is why He has been using this tactic on many of us.
Nonetheless, it still doesn’t change the fact that Esau agreed to it. Yeah the temptation was so strong. The emotions I vibe when I’m with this lady or guy was so intense, I felt my heart melting like butter. But in the end some of us concede and trade our divine kingdom inheritance, purpose and destinies for that connection, that blood boiling craving for pleasure, be it sex, drugs, alcohol even obtaining wealth the wrong way.
Let’s hear what Esau said in his time of hunger and temptation, Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?”
What good is a birthright?!!!
Well, he was very hungry but wouldn’t death be going a little bit to the extreme? I mean, he went to the field that day. It was not like he was fasting 40 days and nights like Moses or Jesus. His was from a wealthy family. He could have managed to at least, for His descendants after him, endured and struggled to get home and enjoy a good meal from his mother, the servants or anyone there. He could have cooked up something himself or taken some fruits or leftovers.
What if He had rejected the offer? Maybe. Just Maybe, Jacob would have changed the terms of their negotiation a bit. Random question. What did Jesus do when He was tempted with food during his 40-day fast in the wilderness?
Esau despised his birthright and changed his and his generation’s destinies for that moment of pleasure, satisfying his hunger. He despised his birthright. I’m sure God was so pissed about it that He brought it up again through the Writer of the Book of Hebrews:
“Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.”
Hebrews 12:14-17 MSG
How sad!! I feel for Esau. And Yep. Many of us remember the regrets of our wrong and rash decisions when we found ourselves in similar situations. I pray for mercy for us all. Our God is merciful. I love Him for that. Don’t you?
Trading that for a nice girl or guy, sexual pleasure, drugs, alcohol, friendship etc will prove to be a bad mistake. One that you may not be able to recover from just like Esau. Tears couldn’t restore what He lost. It was gone.
A Word to the Wise… I feel this cliche has been abused many times so I will just change it:
“Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.”
Proverbs 8:33 NKJV