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Old Testament Studies

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OTS-3 - Esau: Prince of Bad Bargains

“Let us eat, drink, and be merry—for tomorrow we die.” This is the philosophy of the Epicureans. And it has been the philosophy of numerous people who have been caught up in worldliness. It basically says that we need to have fun and enjoy all the pleasure and lust that we can because we might not be here tomorrow. While many people have espoused, and still do espouse, this idea, no one better exemplifies this philosophy than the profane man Esau. He sold everything he had that was of any importance for a bowl of stew or a bowl of chili! Can you imagine that—everything of importance (wealth, spiritual blessings, etc.)—being sold for a bowl of soup? Yet such a practical lesson exists from this story for us today. We have a birthright given to us by God. We are sons and daughters of God, and heirs of all that God has to offer (Gal. 4:4-6). The lesson that we will learn from Esau is that if we stay away from worldliness, do not get caught up in hedonism, and stay true to God, then unlike Esau, we can be faithful and receive our birthright. As we begin our lesson, I want us to hear the story from Genesis 25:27-34 of what Esau did so that we can see how foolish his mistake was.