In the last study, we noticed from Esau and Jacob that while Esau was taking after the characteristics of Nimrod (Gen. 25:27) for he was a wild and cunning hunter and Jacob was a plain man dwelling in tents, meaning a person of honest, quiet, sincere, and upright dispositions. Esau was more interested in the immediate gains or rather in the present times; the gains of the flesh and glory of the present rather than looking for a city that has foundations whose maker and builder is God. Today Ismael and Esau descendants are counted among the Arabs, a people that have refused to retain God in their hearts and thus given over to reprobate minds doing things which are not convenient. The story of the Arabs is a foreknowledge of the ultimate consequence of the loss of the Birthright.
Reuben lost the birthright because of the immediate gains of the flesh and could not control his emotions and deceitfully followed the ways of the Amorites round about them, (what he did was a common practice among the Amorites) this raises the question of how the environment affects us, but ye a Royal Priesthood, 1Pet.2:9, Ex. 19:5-6, eventually Reuben was mentioned after Judah in God’s own reckoning, Rev. 7:5. Saul (1 Sam. 15:30) was not seeking God through repentance but rather he wanted to maintain his ego and pride as a leader before Israel. God was waiting for him to embrace the word of God that he has rejected (1 Sam. 15:26). He cherished the praise and adoration of the people above his relationship with God.
Q. Mention how other personalities in the Bible in both Old and New lost their birthright and thus the inheritance?
How do we obtain the inheritance?
Israel was called out of Egypt to be peculiar treasure and holy nation, it was not possible to obtain the inheritance while in Egypt, and they needed a separation from their present environment even though God called them His firstborn, Ex. 4:22.
From the following passages, highlight how we can obtain the inheritance, Ex.19; 5-6, 1 Pet. 2: 9-10, Rom. 11: 1-24, 1 Pet. 1:17-23.
- How did David among the sons of Jesse obtain the Birthright? 1 Sam. 2:9-10,
- Why were the sons of Aaron chosen to the priesthood ahead of the sons of Moses?
How do we preserve the inheritance?
(From the passages below and others highlight the vital signs for growth and recession)
- Vital signs of growth
1 Pet. 2: 1-2, Ps. 1: 1-2, 112: 1&4, Gen. 28: 11, 31:54.
Discussion: what do we do to preserve our inheritance; personally and as a body of Christ.
- Signs to show we are walking out of the inheritance
John 12: 5-8, 2 Sam. 6:16, 1 Sam. 2:12, 22-24, 1 Sam. 14: 35.
In the unfortunate event of loss of Birthright, how can it be recovered?
In this context what is recovery?
The birthright is tied to riches and blessings (Gen. 27: 36), it is however possible to have the riches without the birthright (Gen. 27: 38-40)
Luke 15: 13-23, Heb. 12:16-24.
Why is there a place of repentance for the prodigal son and not for Esau?
Courtesy: Ilorin House Fellowship, Ilorin, Nigeria.