Day 20 reading – Genesis Chapters 25-26
But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Genesis 25:33 NIV
The birthright was an important part of the culture.
There were distinct privileges that belonged to the first-born son.
The one who held the birthright was the one who:
1)became the heir of the covenant of God
2) received the promises given to Abraham
3) offered sacrifices to God for the family.
This “stolen” birthright is the root cause of many of the problems and arguments still occurring today in the Middle East.
An interesting point is that the Messianic Line of Christ will trace its roots back to Abraham through Jacob.
God is at work preparing the world for Christ from the beginning. Abraham and Isaac both are not able to have children until God intervenes. It is that intervention that allows for the Messiah to intervene for me today.
God is in control.
Even in the moment when a birthright seemingly is only worth a bowl of soup.