Summary: To many people have said things about you, tried to put things on you, but before you let them claim you with their words you better go to your Father and see what your Daddy has to say about it!
“What did your Daddy Say!”
I. It should have been Esau wrestling with God not Jacob.
A. In Genesis 25 Isaac and Rebekah are expecting, but something doesn’t feel right; the Bible says Rebekah asked “…why am I thus?” and God responded, “Two nations are in thy womb…” and she would give birth to twins, but during the delivery of Esau, Jacob reached out and grabbed his heel.The Bible says (Ge 25:27-28) And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob [was] a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of [his] venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. Esau was daddy’s rough and tough outdoorsman, while Jacob was momma’s “metro-sexual” pretty boy. Isaac would take Esau to the Bass pro shop while Rebekah and Jacob went shopping at Saks 5th Ave.
1. One day Esau came home from hunting and was starving so Jacob makes a deal with him that if he will give his birthright to him he will give him a bowl of soup. Esau would sell his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. The birthright was a privilege that was giving to the first born male.
a. Let me just give you a quick lesson church; don’t sale out your blessing for something cheap. In other words don’t take the first thing you see as a substitute just because you need it now. Nu 23:19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? I don’t want a knock off blessing I want the real deal.
2. According to Deuteronomy 21:15–17, a father was obliged to acknowledge his firstborn son as his principal or rightful heir, and to grant him a double portion of his estate as an inheritance; every child got a portion, but the “double portion” was reserved for the first born.
a. Let me mess with some of your basic Bible teaching for a moment. According to some experts there is a misconception when it comes to the term “double portion”, it does not always mean twice as much. The double portion was real estate; it was the entitlement to the father’s property or that which he conquered. The portion given to the other children were things that could be removed from the property (ex. wagons, cows, donkeys, etc.). But the first born got all the land and the means to continue to prosper. To put that in modern terms; that meant that the other kids each got a car but the first born got the factory that makes them.
3. The only way Jacob would get the entitlement and validation of the birthright was by tricking his blind daddy into giving him the “birthrights blessing” which would seal the deal.
B. We read Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but by tradition it should have read Abraham, Isaac, and Esau. Tradition established that the first born was to receive a double portion blessing, but nowhere in Genesis does God declare that the first born had a special entitlement.
1. The Abrahamic covenant never said it was the promise for the first born. God said to Abraham, And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
2. There are several examples in the Bible where the second son was blessed more than, or in some way was greater than, the first one that came before it; such as Ishmael and Isaac, Zerah and Perez, Manasseh and Ephraim. These “second sons” were not in line to receive yet they got the better blessing.
C. Let me talk to some second sons that are here today. You may ask how do I know if I am a second son? A second son is someone that was told that they were not entitled to or next in line to receive a blessing. A second son are those of us that seem to be overlooked cause you didn’t fit the model or conform to someone else’s view of entitlement.
1. I want to talk to real people, not religious, pretentious, self-righteous people, but real people; I’m preaching this because there are some Jacob’s in this room today. The devil has told you that you couldn’t be blessed because you weren’t worthy. You wouldn’t prosper because you’re undeserving. You would never be anointed because of too many mistakes. You came from a dysfunctional family, have a history of abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction, born on wrong side of tracks, to those that were told cause you were born with a plastic spoon in your mouth rather than a silver spoon, to those that didn’t get a proper education, were told you would never amount to anything, never be used, to those that were told you will never be able to achieve cause you didn’t look the part, to those of you that feel unworthy, to those that feel left out, to those that were picked last.