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Summary: We have been entrusted with a great treasure in our lives and we must guard against our tendency to take the Holy Spirit for granted.

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Will You Sell Your Birthright?

Text: Genesis 25:24-34

INTRODUCTION

ILLUSTRATION:

TV Program - Antique Roadshow

Stand in line

Heirlooms = junk

Junk = heirlooms

TRANSITION: We have a treasure hidden in our lives that we take for granted and if we aren’t careful, we allow the enemy an inroad to rob us of the very thing God has entrusted to us. We have then UNDER-PRICED God’s precious gift to us.

I. UNDER-PRICED

Genesis 25:24-27 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. 26And afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them. 27When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents.

1. When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, that is, of the open country (outside of the cultivated areas) where he loved to roam.

2. In the Hebrew, a beast of the field means a wild animal. A plant of the field means a wild plant. Thus, Esau was a wild, undisciplined man who lived a wild life seeking sport and adventure.

3. Esau was born in the family descended from Abraham. God’s promises rested on them.

4. God had told Abraham that he was going to build a nation and a people that would number as many as the stars in heaven.

5. Esau under-priced his heritage.

APPLICATION:

Today we have Christians who although born into the same family, they walk the fence and do not walk according to the way in which God would have them to walk.

They are “wild” and undisciplined.

Not walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Walking less than what God intended us to walk.

6. We ignore God‘s directive……

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

7. And instead we allow our birthright to be under priced and sold ---torn from us.

TRANSITION: God is calling us to take an assessment today and see if we have placed too low a price on the birthright that God has provided for us as Christians. The second question God asks is this - Have you X SHORT-CHANGED your birthright?

II. SHORT-CHANGED

Genesis 25:29-31 And when Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. 31But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.”

1. Esau came in from a day of hunting to find Jacob boiling something. Because he was famished Esau asked excitedly and repeatedly for some of “that red”.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

APPLICATION:

We short-change our birthright when we want to “sow our wild oats first”.

May not seem pertinent to where we are right now because of circumstances, situation, age, abilities.


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