For a Bowl of Soup
What would you being willing to give up for the thing you wanted most? Your job, people, relationships, money, material possessions, pets? What would you give up for a bowl of soup? This was the question that a man that God says he hates faced and failed.
A couple weeks ago I preached at my church on the passage in Genesis 25. This passage talks about how Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of soup. It seems like just an ordinary story, but then you read later that God hated Esau and loved Jacob. One must ask why this is in the bible. How could a God that we know is love make such a strong statement. Now other than the soteriological (theology of salvation) implications that this passage has, one must ask what was it that Esau did that was so detestable to God. This mystery is unclear until you look at Heb. 12:16 where God reveals what it was that Esau did that was so detestable. Look at this passage, “(See to it) That no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.” Wow what a statement. This is Esau’s legacy. How sad.
The birth right was the God given role to the oldest to continue on the family name. In this case with the birthright came the Abrahamic promise to become a great nation and to eventually be the means by which the Messiah would come through. This means that Esau traded away his God given right to be the heir of the promise for a bowl of soup. He out right rejected the promise for the gratification of the immediate satisfaction. What a sad legacy to leave. He had the chance to be the father of the of the line of Jesus, but he rejected it for a bowl of soup.
Now I know that God’s sovereign plan was fulfilled in this decision, but Esau was still held responsible for his decision. God calls him an immoral man because he rejected the was of God for self gratification. He was willing to throw away what God had given him for a bowl of soup. He rejected his role from God for temporary pleasure. He did not value the things that God valued, but rather put his value in short term pleasure.
One cannot read this passage in Genesis 25 without asking themselves, “Do I do the same thing?” Are we rejecting the promises of God for the instant gratification that we can feed our flesh? Do we look for the one time fix over the eternal treasure? Let us not sacrifice the long term for the short term. Let us not be like Esau who rejected God’s plan for a bowl of soup.