Not for Sale!

not for sale

What is the most valuable thing that you possess? A gold locket, a grandfather clock, or a ring? With that clearly defined, would you then trade that item? How much– offered $50,000 or a $500,000, would you sell it? Consider Genesis 25:27-34.

27 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)

31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”

32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”

33 But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.

34 Then 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.

Inserted into this conversation is a transaction of sorts– I give you this, for that. I’ve always read this straight, and had more questions than answers. I’m confused with how Esau could do such a stupid thing. Stew– for a “birthright”? What the ______? He’s a moron!

Then instead of straight I read this above passage and read into it a sense of humor. All of a sudden the situation came alive and the questions lifted. If Esau is joking, but Jacob is not it changes nothing. Esau is still a “dope.” But it explains how he trades the intangible and eternal for the edible and the temporary. “But I was just joking!”

Esau is left broken and sort of betrayed by Jacob. What he had was ripped off, and he had nothing to show for it. What he didn’t take seriously was by someone else. How often am I guilty of the same thing?

My own heirloom is precious. It is eternal. It is a relationship with God– intimacy with the Creator of my soul and of the universe. But I sell it off for something as trivial as a bowl of lentil stew. WHAT???!!! The enemy values what he does not possess. My salvation is real, and a precious gift. But Satan (my adversary) continually chips away at it, and I more or else could care less.

Esau scares me a bit. I am too much like him. I wear his sandals quite well. I ease up and dismiss what is real; I trade it for the world of illusory pleasure of the moment. I then must live with the consequences of my foolish choice. It is a bitter blow.

God forgives. When I do confess and repent a measure is retrieved for me. I choose to avoid the savory stew of the present and hold tight to my faith. It is the most precious thing I have.

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.”

Revelation 3:11, NLT

Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.

5 thoughts on “Not for Sale!”

  1. yes he gave up his inheritance for a bowl of stew i suffer from depersonlizatiion derealiation it is a struggle every morning i came across this website a while back when i googled in jesus and depersonlization and derealization he has been the one that i call more and more in prayer.yes when i came across this i was wow broken believers.i have a doctor i am on medication hope one day not to need it.my church my pastors there support prayers their preaching of the word bibble study.the tools i use in the mornings i journal to god and now its to jesus also he is sitting at your right hand GOD.AND THE LORDS BODY AND BLOOD BUT YOUR WEBSITE HELPS ME TO SEE THOUGH WE MAY OR O MAY FEEL BROKEN OR IN MY CASE UNREAL WHEN ,I GO TO THAT SAFE PLACE THAT THE RESOURSE IAM USING WITH TAPPING IN LAURLL BARNELL THAT SAFE PLACE WITH HIS WORD ON MY KNEES THE BEST .WHEN I AM HE COMES TO ME.HARD WITH THE CHATTER IN MY MIND OF WORRIES OR ANXIETY.BUT THAT I TOLD MY OLD THREAPIST HELPS ME THE MOST.TO BE STILL ./ON MY KNEES.

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  2. There are many Christians giving their life for their belief in Jesus all around the World, these days. All they have to do, is “say” they will convert to Islam and their “life” will be spared. AND yet, they don’t!

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  3. Thank you for shining some light on Esau selling his birthright for stew . .. and how I also go for the temporary over the precious valuable eternal. This is a little poem I wrote today, from Ezekiel 13:20-21.

    I will deliver My people
    out of your hand
    they shall no longer
    be as prey

    though you hunt souls
    like they were birds
    I will let them go
    to fly away.

    God bless you, Pastor B!

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