Genesis 25:29-34, And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
The Bible, especially the Old Testament, is filled with stories of tragedy and loss. Lessons for us to learn and warnings for us to heed. One of the many tragic stories found in the Old Testament is found in the book of Genesis. It is the story of Esau, who, because of his hunger, sold or traded, his birthright for a bowl of pottage (Genesis 25:29-34).
Just like Esau had a physical birthright, as Christians (children of God), we all have a spiritual birthright. It’s ours in Christ!
It’s hard to imagine someone “throwing it all down the drain” just for a bowl of beans. But, unfortunately, it happens all the time, and not just simply “selling out” for that which is WICKED (definitely nothing wrong or wicked with a bowl of pottage), but that which is WORTHLESS. In other words, those things that have little, or no eternal value (Colossians 3:1-3; Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 12:1-2).
Don’t settle for POTTAGE OF THE WORLD, but rather seek after the PURPOSE OF GOD!
A good reminder for all of us to be careful what hungers and desires we cultivate in our lives and in the lives of those we have influence over, because what we hunger for today we will be filled with tomorrow [Matthew 5:6]!