And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” (Genesis 25:30-32)
Consider how Esau viewed the birthright given to him — “What good is it seeing that I will die if I don’t eat, right now!” Thus we should consider that “Edom” represents those who are shortsighted when it comes to things eternal and who desire to satisfy their every whim and fleshly desire. Perhaps this is why the Creator rejected Esau; because Esau first rejected Him in that he saw no value in the sacred covenant made between God and his grandfather. Esau gave in to his physical lusts that, once satisfied, would return again. The birthright, however, would not return to him.
Now consider how we view things. Are we like Jacob, who understood the important and eternal value of the birthright or are willing to exchange something holy for something as common as a bowl of soup? Do we put a premium on the temporal things this world has to offer or are our treasures elsewhere? According to the Messiah, the things we value the most reveals what’s in our heart:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
As God’s people we must be able to look beyond the needs and desires of the carnal man and focus on what’s really important. For “the joy that was set before Him,” Messiah endured the cross because He understood the eternal ramifications of his choice. Likewise, we must be willing to deny our selves and choose life.
Blessings and Shalom,