Summary: Let us look at value and worth? What is a bowl of lentils worth? That all depends on how hungry you are, and how you value your birthright? Esau bought a very expensive bowl of soup?
VALUE? WORTH? THEN? NOW?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VALUE, PRICE AND WORTH?
( I hold before me a bag of lentils. We identify lentils as a Biblical food. You can buy a bag of lentils at any grocery store. The bag I purchased
cost $0.79. It is good to have this visual to hold before the people.
I always start by asking what is this worth? Some will say, $2.00, etc. Then some one gets around to the correct answer, it depends on how hungry you are? Hunger might make the lentils worth more than $0.79.)
I was in Nashville, Tennessee. I love to go to Broadway and visit Gruhn’s Guitars. There was a Gibson guitar in a glass case.
I asked Mr. Gruhn how much was that guitar in the case?
He never raised his head, he said $200,000.00. He went on reading his paper. Well, I never took that guitar home that day.
A few weeks later I went back to the music store, the guitar was gone. I enquired about it?
Someone had purchased the guitar at the full asking price. I knew the value of the guitar, but I never thought it was worth that to me?
Do we value our health? What is the worth of reasonable health?
What is the value of the Bible?
I paid $99.00 for the Bible I am using?
But this Bible is worth much more than 1000 bucks.
A Bible is worth more than a 1000 guns!
Value may be the life giving power?
Price may be what one is willing to pay?
What is the value of a good pastor? A good teacher?
Worth is what a person is willing to pay?
I guess my writing has little value without a treasured reader?
I ask what is the young person worth?
$4.89 in chemicals?
But what is the worth of this young person?
True happiness depends upon worth and choice.
THE PERSON GIVING THE GIFT IS WORTH MUCH MORE
THAN THE PRICE OF THE GIFT!
IF SOMETHING IS WORTH DOING, IT IS WORTH DOING RIGHT.
When the well is dry, we know the worth of the water.
Is life worth living? May well depend on your approach and desires?
A cynic is a man that knows the price of everything, but knows the value of nothing.
One more thought before we launch in the word.
What is the price of a quart of oil?
$3.00, maybe more, what is the price of a new engine?
The price of a quart of oil could be $1,500.00 if you fail to check?
I. MANY TIMES IN LIFE PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND VALUE AND WORTH. THERE IS A HIDDEN LESSON OF ESAU NOT KNOWING WORTH.
SOMETIMES A HUNTER WILL FAIL?
WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN SUCCESS ELUDES US?
HOW SHALL I APPROACH MY WEAK MOMENTS?
WHAT SHALL I DO IN DRY TIMES?
A. A GOOD HUNTER IS PREPARED FOR GOOD TIMES AND BAD
TIMES! WHAT WILL WE DO IF IN OUR LITTLENESS THERE SEEMS TO BE A LACK OF PROVISION?
Esau never understood life and the worth of the family.
B. WE HAVE A PROMISE!
THEN WE HAVE A PROBLEM TO OVERCOME!
THEN THERE IS A DIVINE PROVISION!
C. A hunter looks for several things while in search of food. He looks for tracks and he looks for the animal waste left lying. There are times that our best efforts seem to bring little results.
II. THERE ARE TWO BROTHERS IN A DYSFUNTIONAL FAMILY.
A. ESAU IS AN IMPULSIVE, GIVEN TO THE SENSES AND EMOTIONAL MAN. ESAU IS USED TO GETTING HIS WAY, FOR HE IS DADDY’S PET.
Esau was a hunter and loved the outdoors.
B. JACOB IS THE SECOND BORN TWIN. Jacob came out with his hand on his brothers heel. Jacob was a Mommy’s boy and liked staying around the house with Mommy.
Genesis 25: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, FEED ME, I pray thee, with that red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, sell me this day thy birthright?
Genesis 25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do for me?
III. ESAU HAD AN VALUE APPROACH TO HIS PROBLEM.
ESAU HAD A POOR ATTITUDE TO THE DEEPER THINGS BEFORE HIM.
Genesis 25: 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way, thus Esau despised his birthright.
HERE IS A VAULE PROBLEM!
A. ESAU HAD SOME PROBLEMS, BUT HIS ATTITUDE PROBLEMS
SEEMED TO ENLARGE HIS PROBLEMS.
B. ESAU HAD SOME SERIOUS VALUE/WORTH PROBLEMS.
C. WHAT SHALL I DO IN DRY TIMES?
1. It does not take a lot of horse sense to understand that hunters do not always bag game.