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Was The Stew Worth It?

Written By: jamieu - Feb• 19•12

Today’s text is Genesis 25:27-34. This story involves Jacob and Esau, twin brothers. The Bible tells us that their father Isaac loved Esau (Esau was passionate about hunting) and Rebekah their mother loved Jacob (we are told that he was happy to hang out around the tents- a Biblical mamma’s boy, if you will).

One day Esau comes home from a big hunting trip and finds Jacob making some lentil stew.  Dramatically he proclaims that he is starving and asks for some food. Jacob replies, “First sell me your birthright”. Personally, I think that Jacob may have been joking with his response but Esau plays right into his hands.  Here is the dialogue that followed:

 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

This story sounds so insane to me! Every time I read it I am like “What was this guy thinking?!”  Esau is totally being a drama queen here (like he was really going to die if he did not eat right then!) and the desire to please his flesh causes him to give up his blessing. In the Bible the birthright was given to the firstborn son. It gave him the blessing of his father, a double portion of the land if there was more than one son, and a place of leadership in the household. It was a big deal and Easu carelessly tosses it away for a moment of satisfaction.

This got me thinking… often do we do the same thing? How often do we sell out for the flesh and loose the blessing of our Heavenly Father on our lives? How quickly do you trade in the things of God and all that He has for your life for a bowl of soggy beans? What is your “stew”? Is it your need for acceptance that causes you to compromise? Or is it a sexual encounter that pleases your flesh but robs your soul? Is it really worth it? In case you are unsure, the answer is NO! Don’t you think that once Esau’s stomach was full he immediately regretted his decision?

Galatians 5:16-18:

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

We live in a high speed, fast food, instant gratification world. As Christians we are to be in the world but not of the world. Our flesh is at war with our spirit – they want different things. We must continually guard our hearts or we will become desensitized by the lusts of the flesh. Don’t be like Esau and sell out so quickly for something that will not last. Trust me, the stew is not worth it.


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  1. Forrest Lyas says:

    Lentils are also commonly used in Ethiopia in a stew-like dish called kik, or kik wot, one of the dishes people eat with Ethiopia’s national food, injera flat bread. Yellow lentils are used to make a nonspicy stew, which is one of the first solid foods Ethiopian women feed their babies…:-.

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