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Sunday, November 03, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Genesis 25:23-34(NASB)
23 The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger." 24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. 26 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. 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright." 32 Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" 33 And Jacob said, "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Eileen and I were at a pair of praise music/revival sessions over in Lakeland lead by Rita Springer (busy sked last two days-no time for normal posting) on Friday and Saturday night. During a mini-sermon last night, Ms. Springer used this passage of Genesis to compair a lot of us modern-day believers to Esau; we're often all to eager to sell out what God has for us for that bowl of stew. It takes patience to hold out for the birthrights that God has given us as His children. He has something better for us that the things the world can offer. Hang in there and keep reaching for the greater gift.

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