"And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore his name is called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 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." (Genesis 25:29-34)
Esau and Jacob were twin brothers, born to Isaac and Rebekah. They were Abraham and Sarah's grandsons. Esau was born only moments ahead of Jacob, but that was enough to make him the older brother, and number one heir of the family fortune.
Isaac, like his father before him, was blessed by God in all that he did, and was very rich! The birthright would make Esau fabulously wealthy! It was all his. It was in his hands to do with as he pleased.
But, it didn't mean anything to Esau. He came from the fields, and was hungry. Jacob was making a pea soup, and baking bread. Esau sold his birthright for a piece of bread, and a bowl of soup! He gave it all away for a moment of satisfaction and pleasure!
That may sound ridiculous, but it happens every day. You see, we were made in the image of God, and are destined to be His heirs. Yes, sin robbed us of this birthright, but God made it possible for us to once again be sons and daughters of God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And if we are sons and daughters of God, then we are heirs of God, as well. All we need do is claim our birthright by receiving Christ as our Savior!
But, many trade the opportunity to be the son or daughter of God for fleeting moments of pleasure and debauchery. They, like Esau, have sold their birthright for what amounts to a bowl of red soup, and a morsel of bread.
Later in life, Esau realized his foolishness, but it was too late, for him. He could not undo what he had done!
But, it is not too late for you to return home, though. Admit that you have sold your birthright for a life of rebellion, and that it was a foolish mistake. Then turn to Jesus. Call on His precious name, and receive the prize that God has made possible for you to have!
Esau "despised" his birthright! Don't make the same mistake that he did.
From my heart to your heart.