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Esau was born and circumcized into an outward covenant relationship with God and His promises. However, he despised his birthright, and valued earthly matters more than spiritual promises. He sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. We think of Esau as very foolish and wicked, do we not?

Martin was born and baptized into an outward covenant and church relationship with God, but, in his teen-age years, he began to despise his birthright. He saw less and less value in the blessings and promises of his relationship with God's covenant and church. He saw more and more value in earthly possessions. Finally, he valued his car more than church, his automobile magazines more than his Bible, and his Saturdays more than his Sundays. He "needed" time to work on his car, but not to pray. His car "had" to be spotlessly clean, but not his soul. He carefully studied his car repair manual because it was so 4'important" to know how to properly fix his engine, but religious books were boring. Two hundred dollars for new wheels

 

And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

- Genesis 25:30-34

Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

- Hebrews 12:16

 



Can you relate other ways in which modern "Esaus" sell spiritual "birthrights" for material "morsels of meat"?


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