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Summary: This sermon takes a story from the old testemant and deals with different sins that tempt us and how to handel that temptation.

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SOUP OF THE DAY 6/22/02

Have you been to a restaurant where the waiter tells you the soup of the day? It could be vegetable or potato (tater) or the fancier restaurants it could be broccoli or clam chowder soup. All of us have our favorites and the waiter entices us with our favorites. I have my favorite also, but today we are going to read about a soup that was so tempting that Esau gave up his birthright for.

Genesis 25:29-34

Into; Here we read about two twin brothers. They were not identical twins as far as appearance or personality. The first one out, Esau, was hairy and an outdoorsman, a hunter. The other, Jacob, the Bible describes as a mild man, dwelling in the tents. He was a Mom’s boy. (Tony’s twins)

Jacob was cooking some stew and Esau had just came home from a hunting trip. Esau gave up his birthright for a serving of the stew. The birthright consisted of special privileges. The firstborn would receive a double portion of the estate. Two for me and one for you. In this case not only would the birthright receive double portion but also the privilege of an everlasting covenant with God. In the genealogy of Christ we read that Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob not Isaac begot Esau. He gave up all of this for some stew.

What a nut you might be saying, but all of us have our soup that we sacrifice or birthright with our heavenly Father for some short time unfulfiling pleasure. Before we start talking about what a mistake Esau made lets look at a few of our own mistakes. As we do, ask yourself what is your soup of the day?

Sexual Soups (1 Corinthians 6:18)

How many times has this soup sapped someone? Sex with the proper boundaries is a gift from God. Those boundaries are clearly pointed out in God’s word. Don’t have sex till you are married. Any thing else is soup.

1. We see so many people having extramarital affairs and end up leaving their spouses and families thinking that grass will be better on the other side. We live in a throw it away society. If it is broke, throw it away. This philosophy has gone to our marriages. If it is broke, don’t try to fix it, throw it away.

2. In the society we live in Homosexuality is not only out of the closet it’s on the street corner with a bullhorn. A few weeks ago on a kid’s station, Nickelodeon, ran a special called, “My family is different”. They are trying to teach our kids in an early age that it is OK to be a homosexual. You can’t sit down very long and watch TV without something relating to that lifestyle popping up. We have church’s that are now accepting the homosexual lifestyle. Now we should welcome a homosexual into our church the same as any other sinner. Hate the sin and love the sinner. But some people think this lifestyle is acceptable. God says in Romans 1:26-27, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their woman exchanged the nature use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the nature use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Yet some people choice to forget about Gods judgment and follow their own desires, forgetting that God destroyed a whole city for this type of sin.

3. Our soup could be the hidden sin of Pornography. (Example me sneaking into the freezer) You think this soup is not hurting anyone, nobody knows, it is not affecting your testimony. Two things, first someone does know and it does affect your relationship to Him. The next time you are looking at some porn just try to bow your head and pray. Now tell me it is not hurting anyone, now tell me it is not affecting your relationship with Him. The second is it is not going to remain hidden. Luke 12:2, “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”

4. The soup of Abortion. I wish before anyone who had an abortion, they would have to talk to someone who has and then latter o had kids of their own. How many people have regretted killing an innocent baby? Before technology came around this was not a baby, it was a mass. Now with the technology we have available we at a few weeks old can see the heart beat of this tiny little child. God told us this a long time ago. Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Guys before you think you are getting off easy, if you would take up your part of the responsibility then maybe the girls wouldn’t be so quick to abort your son or daughter. You might say, “I’m to young, I’ve got a life ahead of me.” You are right about being to young and not waiting till you are ready to be a mom or dad but the baby has a life to and the Bible says in Exodus 20:13, “Thou salt not kill”.

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