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In Hebrews 12:16, Esau is referred to as a "fornicator" and a "profane person," one "who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright."

All who are raised under God's Word, baptized, and placed in an outward church and covenant relationship have a special birthright. While they may be missing true regeneration, yet they are separated from the world outwardly, to be raised under God's law and gospel - a precious birthright.

This outward distinction should be reflected in outward differences - also in entertainment and music. However, some young people who are born into church circles despise their birthright, as Esau did. They do not want to be different from the world; they wish to think, speak, and act like the world. They desire to use the same entertainment as the world, and they choose to listen to the same music as the world.

How are these young church people "despising their birthright," and selling it "for a morsel of meat"'? Why will they also be viewed by God as "fornicators" and "profane persons"'?

Has God's law convicted you of your sin and convinced you of your need for a Savior? Is God's law, by grace, your rule for life?

Young church people can value or despise their "church birthright." What outward differences does this make in their lives? Are you one who values, or one who despises your birthright?

Catechism Memorization

1. What is the eighth commandment?

"Thou shalt not steal" (Exodus 20:15).

2. What is the ninth commandment?

"Thou shalt not bear false witness" (Exodus 20:16).

3. What is the tenth commandment?

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's" (Exodus 20:17).

4. What is Jesus' summary of God's law?

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).


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