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  • 1.The Exchange Birthright

2. Genesis 25:29-34

  • Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" ( That is why he was also called Edom .)
  • Jacob replied, "First sell me yourbirthright ."
  • "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
  • But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
  • Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.So Esau despised his birthright.

3. What is a Birthright?

  • The advantages given to the eldest son.
  • Great respect in the household.
  • Double portion of fathers property. (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)
  • Succeed the father in official authority (2 Chronicles 21:3)

4. Esau Exchanged it for Red Stew

  • He was hungry
  • He doesnt think at that time that the birthright was of any use.

5. How Does the Lord View This?

  • Hebrews 12:16
  • See that no one is sexually immoral, or isgodless like Esau , who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
  • In India, such kind of food is very ordinary and is a picture of low quality.

6. What does this mean to me?

  • Unbeliever
    • It means that when one rejects the Gospel, I am also rejecting Gods offer of a birthright and inheritance of eternal life.
  • Believer
    • If I do not follow Gods commands, I will miss out on his blessing.
    • It is possible that God wants us to take to next level but were stuck at one point.
    • Do we compromise our faith because of the demands of the world.

7. Did God Make a Mistake in Esau

  • No in fact God knew this will happen.
    • The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."
    • When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. (Genesis 25:23-26)

8. Jacob

  • Jacob was a deceiver. He was not totally innocent here.
  • It shows that God loves us and accepts us by Grace.
  • Jacobs sons became the chosen nation.
  • Jacob was also called Israel (Genesis 32:28)
  • Writing off of line was done
    • Ishmaels line
    • Esaus line

9. The Beginning of Israel Abraham Ishmael Isaac Esau Jacob 10. Interesting

  • When Jacob and his descendents were in Egypt, it took 400 years for God to save them and send to the promise land.
  • From Malachi to the time of Jesus, it also took 400 years.

11. Esaus, Edomites

  • Descendents became bitter enemies of Israel (just as God said during Esaus birth)
  • Plundered and attacked Israel 4 times.
  • They usually help Israels enemies.
  • There were prophecies regarding its fall.
  • Some say Job (Jobab) was an Edomite. The names of Esaus descendents can also be found in the book of Job.


  • The region has muchreddish sandstone , which may have given rise to the name "Edom".
  • (Interesting See: Genesis 25:30)
  • The nation of Edom is known to have existed back to the8thor9th century BC E, and the Bible dates it back several centuries further.
  • It had kings even before the time of Israel. (Genesis 36:31)
  • Read (1 Samuel 8:6-7)

13. Edom Today This is the Kings Highway. The Israelites wanted to pass here but the Edomites refused. (Num 20:17-18; Deut 2:1-8). 14. The Last Hurrah of the Edomites

  • Herod was an Idumean (Greek for Edomite)
  • During his time Edom was a conquered nation.
  • By 70 AD their line slowly disappeared

15. What does this mean to me?

  • Interest in God
    • Jacob was interested but Esau was not.
  • Struggling With God
    • Jacob did and became Israel
    • Esau doesnt care.
  • Jacob showed humility (Genesis 32:10)

16. What does this mean to me?

  • Our choices or decisions will have consequences.
  • Accepting God or rejecting Him will have eternal consequences


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