BOSM Right of First Born Part 2

Understanding why Jacob wanted the birthright of the firstborn so much is foundational to building our spiritman. Why? Because Jacob wanted something, the birthright, so much he bargined with his brother Esau to get it. Jacob wanted something he could not see, taste, smell or touch. He wanted something based on words, promises.

The blessings of the firstborn was established before the law was given. Abraham gives all he has to his firstborn between he and Sarah, Isaac. See Genesis 25:5,6.

The Lord tells Isaac’s wife Rebekah she is going to have twins and the older will serve the younger in Genesis 25:20-23. This meant something out of the ordinary was going to happen. Normally,  the first born male is responsible to take care of the family as second in command to the father. So when the Lord told Rebekah the older would serve the younger, Rebekah knew that was unusual.

The right of the first born was well established with Esau and Jacob in Genesis 25:31 but, Abraham practiced it too between Ishmael and Isaac. Although Ishmael was born about 13 years before Isaac, Ishmael was not born to Abraham and his wife Sarah. Ishmael was born to a bond servant, Sarah’s hand maiden.

So Jacob’s boys grow up and Esau willingly sells his brother Jacob his birth right for food and later blames Jacob for stealing it. Esau willingly sold it, see Genesis 25:27-34 and Genesis 27:32-41.

Moses acknowledged the right of the first born after the law was given, see Deuteronomy 21:15-17. So we see the right of the first born is before the law was given and after the law was given. So what can we conclude about the “doctrine of the right of the first born”?

The right of the first born is further explained by Moses in Deuteronomy 21:15-17 KJV  “If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
[16] Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
[17] But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.”

Remember when Jesus told of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32? The younger son wanted his inheritance and when the younger came back is when the older (first born) son was told Luke 15:30-32 KJV  “But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
[31] And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
[32] It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

And then, a “better” explanation of the right of the first born and how it applies, is in  2 Chronicles 21:1-3 KJV  “Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
[2] And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
[3] And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.”

Notice the father gives silver, gold, precious things, fenced cities in Judah to his sons? But the kingdom he gave to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son.

Yes there were times when the first born lost his birth right. Esau lost his to Jacob. Jacob first married Leah and 7 years later Rachel. Reuben was Jacob’s first born with Leah. But years later, after 10 sons and 1 daughter, Joseph is born to Rachel as her first born son. Then Benjamin. But King David was not the first born.

Jesus is the firstborn, the Son of God. God manifest in the flesh. So by definition in the scriptures, Jesus gets all the Father has, even the kingdom. And the Father gives his children silver, gold, precious things, fenced cities, he gives the kingdom to his son, the first born among many brethren.

The next question, is this gold, silver, precious “things” for this physical earthly world? 1 Corinthians 3:11-21 KJV  “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
[13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
[14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
[15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
[16] Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
[17] If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
[18] Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
[19] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
[20] And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
[21] Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;”

Until next time.

Footnote:
BOSM stands for Building Our Spirit Man.

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