Genesis 25:32, 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
Exodus 13:1-2,The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”
The firstborn child had many privileges. They were entitled to twice the share than rest of the children. In royal families, the eldest son was anointed as king. 2 Chronicles 21:3, 3 Their father had given them many gifts of silver and gold and articles of value, as well as fortified cities in Judah, but he had given the kingdom to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son. Among the two sons of Isaac, Esau was the firstborn. The blessed privilege of being the firstborn was seen as trivial by Esau.
Like this, one day, Esau returned back home, famished after hunting. Jacob was cooking some red stew, and Esau asked some stew to eat. Jacob asked him for his birthright in exchange for the stew. Esau did not think twice and swore his birthright to Jacob.
Hebrews 12:16, 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Esau gave up his most valuable birthright for the momentary satisfaction of hunger. Philippians 3:19, 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. It is regretful to say that this is the desire of the body which made Esau weak.
Judas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. The word of God teaches us that Judas was the one who looked after the money, he had the money bag with him. We can believe that in the early times with Jesus, he must have loved and adored the Lord. Judas was also among those whom He had selected to be His apostles. Even though he spent his time with the Son of God, Judas was weak and gave in to temptation of power and money.
It can be said that the hunger for money rose its head within Judas from time to time. For eg: John 12: 4-6, 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. Hence it is no surprise that he betrayed the Lord for mere thirty pieces of silver. Exodus 21:32, 32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull is to be stoned to death. This was how trivial Judas valued the life of the Son of God.
Judas had expected the worldly happiness of earth instead of heavenly happiness from Jesus. Instead he had Jesus telling them about the coming days leading to His crucifixion and death. Judas saw all his calculations and plans failing. Judas must have been capable in handling money, which was why Jesus had given the money bag to him to handle. This weakness or flaw was used as advantage by Satan. It is true that even today we have many Judas around us. The end of Judas should be a lesson for each one of us. He had spent more than three and a half years with the Saviour who had come to rescue the sinners. under the grip of Satan, Judas selected suicide rather than reaching out for forgiveness at the feet of the Lord at the time of crucifixion.
Dear children of God, we too would have situations where we would be caught like Esau or Judas. Think before you the final decision. Since somethings once lost can never be retrieved.
Philippians 4:12-13, 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
1 John 2:15-17, 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.