But what has this to do with us?
The birthright was only for the ‘firstborn’. Colossians 1:15 and 18 says that Jesus is the “firstborn”. Which means that Jesus inherits all the rights over the Father’s Kingdom.
What’s more is that Romans 8:17 says that we who are children of God are “joint-heirs/co-heirs” with Christ! So we too have the rights of the firstborn in our Father’s Kingdom! Think about the ramifications:
BUT ESAU SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT !!!
Esau unfortunately sold his birthright for a pot of stew. His shoddy treatment of his birthright is not unlike so many in the Church today. Many Christians are suffering from the same complex, the Esau Complex. It occurs when they unknowingly & unsuspectingly relinquish their spiritual blessings and God-given privileges for immediate gratification and material needs. In their desperation to indulge the flesh, they squander their spiritual legacy and destiny in God.
In every generation, God’s people have shown symptoms of the Esau Complex. There are numerous examples in the Bible. Some include:
SYMPTOMS OF THE ESAU COMPLEX.
CHRISTLIKE CHARACTER CURES THE ESAU COMPLEX.
In Matthew 4:8-9 Jesus endures hunger & relinquishes Satan’s offer to fame. He placed higher value on His spiritual purpose & destiny. He had foresight & faith-sight to believe that God would bless him in the future. He shows us how to always bring God and his Word into the opportunities offered to us.
Similarly Jacob (who becomes the ancestor of Christ) placed higher value on spiritual promises and blessings. The the things of heaven mattered to Jacob. Unlike Esau, Jacob placed higher value on God and Kingdom realities.