Fighting for America's Birthright | Genesis 25
In this chapter we are going to see Abraham’s birthright blessings get passed down to his son Isaac and then sold away to Jacob from Esau. I want you to understand something as we read through these verses. As Americans, we too have inherited a tremendous birthright from our forefathers. The same birthright that was passed onto Isaac thousands of years ago and wrestled away from Esau by Jacob.
In earlier chapters we found that this birthright consisted of Abraham’s chosen seed becoming a great nation, a rich nation, a nation with a powerful military force that would control the gates of its enemies, and a nation that would be a blessing unto the world.
Our Pilgrim forefathers passed this birthright on to us when they came here 400 years ago to lay the foundation stone for a nation built upon Christianity and the liberties it offers.
Though we have such a great inheritance, we also have people in our own nation, from our own families even, who care nothing about it and are willing to sell it away. Just like the profane godless brother of Jacob, Esau was willing to do, as we will soon see.
"The left despises our glorious American birthright of Christianity and Freedom. They, like Esau, are willing to sell it for pennies on the dollar to gratify their own sinful lusts."
Let’s get into the Word.
ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN THROUGH KETURAHGenesis 25:1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
There is a debate about when Abraham took this wife. Some say after the death of Sarah and others think long before her death. Since Abraham’s grandchildren through Keturah are mentioned here, I think it is likely that Abraham married Keturah long before the death of Sarah. It’s just that Keturah wasn’t mentioned yet because there were no significant events in the drama of Abraham and Sarah that she was involved in.
Genesis 25:2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
Genesis 25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
Genesis 25:4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
It is thought that these Midianites became the Arab nations. Later on we see these sons of Midian, the Midianites come in conflict with the Israelites. Thus these children of Keturah became adversaries of the chosen seed (Num. 31:7).
Genesis 25:5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
All that he had- Isaac was the lawful heir to all of the blessings and promises given to Abraham and his seed. There could be no greater inheritance. His seed would become a great nation, become as numerous as the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea, control the gates of their enemies, and be a blessing to all nations of the world (See America In Prophecy | Genesis 22). And through Isaac’s seed would come the Messiah, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Wow! This was a rich man indeed.
Genesis 25:6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
Sent them away- The two concubines we know of are Hagar and Keturah. Even though Abraham sent them away from Isaac, he didn’t send them away empty handed. He gave them each gifts before they departed into Arabia, unto the East country. That was a nice thing to do. It was also a wise thing to do. By sending them away with gifts while he yet lived, it helped ensure a smooth transition of the Inheritance being passed onto the lawful and elect heir – Isaac. Had Abraham not sent them away with gifts before his passing chances are there may have erupted a battle between all of the sons as to who gets what. Moreover, it’s possible they could have even ganged up on Isaac and stole the inheritance.
What is the lesson for us? Be wise like Abraham. Look ahead, and plan so that strife and controversy in your family can be avoided if at all possible.
Another lesson is that Multi-culturalism doesn’t work. People who don’t love our country, don’t love our birthright, people who hate us for our birthright, should not be allowed to become citizens. They should go back home where they came from. That’s what Abraham would have said.
Genesis 25:7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
Genesis 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
Abraham lived a good full life of 175 years. He got to see his children and grandchildren grow and flourish. A blessed man indeed. An interesting thing was said here though, that he was gathered to his people. Abraham came from an idolatrous family. How could it be that he would be gathered to them after his death? Well, before Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins, it is likely that all souls, even good ones, went to a place called Sheol where they waited for Jesus to set them free by the price of His blood on the cross.
This would be a topic to explore another time, but whatever the case, one thing we often hear is that when people die, their loved ones who have already passed on come to greet them. Thus, they are gathered to their people like Abraham was.
Genesis 25:9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
Now this is really interesting. The last time Ishmael was mentioned he was mocking Isaac and was banished from the family along with his mother Hagar. But here, both of these boys appear to have loved their father enough to set aside their animosity and unite in making sure their father had an honorable burial.
Sometimes the death of a loved one can bring warring factions of a family together.
Genesis 25:10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
Buried in the same tomb that he purchased for his wife. No doubt this is of special importance, because this tomb was inside the promised land, a land currently ruled by heathen, but would later be conquered by Abraham’s seed about 400 years later.
Genesis 25:11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
God blessed his son Isaac- It is now evident that the promises to Abraham and his seed were now officially passed down to Isaac.
ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN THROUGH HAGARGenesis 25:12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham:
Genesis 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
Genesis 25:14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
Genesis 25:15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
Genesis 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
Though Ishmael was not the chosen heir, he was still blessed by God and his descendants grew into 12 separate nations.
Genesis 25:17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.
Genesis 25:18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.
There were many sons of Abraham but only one heir to the promises of God, to become a great nation, to control the gates of his enemies, and to be a blessing to all nations. As it is written:
“Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;” -Romans 9:7-10
THE BIRTHRIGHT: JACOB VS. ESAUGenesis 25:19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:
Genesis 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
Genesis 25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Isaac does the right thing. He goes to God in prayer. Do you remember what Abraham and Sarah did? They didn’t go to God in prayer but tried to scheme up their own way to get a child by having Abraham take Sarah’s handmaid Hagar to wife. Perhaps Isaac knew full well of their shortcoming and did whatever he could do not to commit the same error that his parents committed.
Sometimes we learn ‘what not to do’ by watching others suffer from the pain of poor decisions. You see what happens to them and you say, “Not going to happen to me.” I’m not going to repeat the same mistake they made.
Very wise of Isaac.
Genesis 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
Again, she goes to the LORD in prayer. She’s stressed out. Why are these children in my womb fighting each other? Is there something terribly wrong? God answers:
Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
No doubt, this was kind of a strange parable God had given her. According to the laws of the birthright, the firstborn (or elder) was to be the heir. The elder was to be in charge of his younger siblings and receive the blessings and the birthright. But God is mysteriously reversing the roles even before the children were born. How can this be?
Paul explains this some in Romans.
“And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” -Romans 9:10-13
Genesis 25:24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
Genesis 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
No doubt Esau was covered all over with ‘red hair’. And I think the color red is important here. First off, since Esau was the twin brother to Jacob, we know that the Israelites also carry the red hair gene. And today, it is the people of Caucasian origin that give birth to some children with red hair. Too often people mistake the Arabian or Middle Eastern type people for the Israelites. Many of those people even call themselves Israel or Jews and are not (Rev. 2:9 and 3:9).
Chances are, these people who think they are Jews and are not are probably descendants of Hagar or Keturah.
Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
In the Hebrew Jacob means “heel grabber or contender”. And here we see that even as a newborn babe, he was contending for the birthright. He was a spiritually minded person, unlike Esau who was very carnal and base.
Genesis 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
Now I love hunting, and there is nothing wrong with hunting to provide meat for your family, good healthy organic meat. Esau’s problem wasn’t that he was a sportsman, it was that that was all he cared about. Esau only cared about things that gratified the flesh.
We see this character in many of our American men today. So many love to hunt, fish, and watch sports. And again, nothing wrong with those things. But when those things take all of your time and you neglect the spiritual things, that’s what can make you an Esau. Don’t be an Esau. Don’t neglect your birthright.
"Esau was a sportsman who was always too busy to spend time with God, much like those who watch ESPN 24 hours a day."
Genesis 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
It seems Rebekah was more spiritually minded than Isaac, at least in this instance. Evidently, she discerned in Jacob a future man whom God could use to establish His kingdom on earth. Her choice of sons was the same as God’s. God loved Jacob but hated Esau.
Genesis 25:29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
Genesis 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
Genesis 25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
Genesis 25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
This shows the shallowness of Esau. A selfish man indeed. The birthright, or promises given to Abraham had more to do with his descendants than it did himself. Since it didn’t directly benefit Esau that much he didn’t care. Godly men don’t think short term. A godly man looks long term, to his children and his children’s children and so on. Godly men strive to leave their children with a good inheritance.
"Godly men don’t just think short term. They strive their entire life to leave their children a godly inheritance and birthright."
And the best inheritance you can give them is the truth of God’s Word. The only reason this family had a special birthright in the first place is because God said that He knew Abraham would teach his children.
Esau was equivalent to today’s liberal Democrat. Someone who despises the Birthright our Founding Fathers left us with, lack of moral values, and their selfish tax and spend policies meant to get immediate satisfaction rather than promoting long term economic growth and prosperity. They are wasters like Esau who could only think in the moment. Whereas a man like Jacob, who dwelt in tents, no doubt took care and raised animals and livestock. He continually built for the future whereas Esau, lived day by day off of his recent kills.
Perhaps that’s one reason America became so wealthy and blessed. Because of our farmers and the long term produce and save mentality they had.
Genesis 25:33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
Genesis 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
The last words of this chapter, thus Esau despised his birthright. Don’t be an Esau.
"Esau was a secular man driven by the lusts of the flesh, while Jacob was a spiritual man driven by the spirit of God."
CONCLUSION:Our forefathers sacrificed so much to give us a blessed inheritance, a blessed birthright. They fought and died so that we could inherit a country based off of the liberties of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And just as there were two nations in the womb of Rebekah, there are two nations in the womb of America. Two totally different peoples, oftentimes of the same family just like Jacob and Esau were. One people oftentimes referred to as Christian Conservatives (i.e Jacob) who are willing to fight to keep our birthright, while the liberal leftists (i.e. Esau) are doing everything they can to waste and destroy our inheritance.
Had the birthright been passed down to Esau, no doubt he would have squandered it and left nothing for his children and grandchildren. If we allow the leftists to control our American birthright they will do the same. They will leave our children with nothing but poverty and despair, both economically and spiritually speaking.
That’s why it is imperative that we strive to keep the Esau’s out of power and put the Jacob’s back in power.
Don’t be an Esau, be a Jacob! Be a Christian Overcomer!
In His Service,
Pastor Ben Heath