|| Bible Question: Could
you please explain what the birthright is and how it applies
to us today?
birthright was usually given to the oldest son in the family.
The one who received the birthright was honored with a double
share of his father's inheritance. This was a special honor,
for the birthright also included certain rights and privileges
as well as responsibilities.
Birthright Could Be Sold.
The birthright first appears in the Bible when Jacob asked Esau
to sell his birthright.
But Jacob said, First sell me your birthright.
And Esau said, Behold, I am about to die; so of
what use then is the birthright to me? And Jacob
said, First swear to me; so he swore to
him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave
Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and
rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
(NASB) Genesis 25:31-35
This is a clue that the birthright was not always
given to the oldest son in the family. In fact, archaeology
has revealed that the father could give the birthright to a
son who was not the oldest. The Bible also tells us that Jacob
ignored his oldest son and gave the birthright to the sons of
the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel (for he
was the first-born, but because he defiled his fathers
bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph
the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the
genealogy according to the birthright. Though Judah
prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader,
yet the birthright belonged to Joseph) . . . (NASB)
1 Chronicles 5:1
The birthright could be sold. But when it was given,
it gave honor and status to that son.
In the New Testament, Jesus received a birthright too!
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born
of all creation. . . . (NASB) Col. 1:15
In this passage the English
word for "first-born" is the Greek word PROTOTOKOS.
It means "priority one." This word also means "birthright."
It does not mean the first one born. It has nothing to do with
time. It is about importance!
birthright is about inheritance and importance. Today, a birthright
can be given to any child. If a parent wants to give a birthright
to a child, they may. The nature and type of the birthright
would be the parent's choice. Today, it is usually called an
inheritance and it is commonly shared among the children as
specified in a parent's will.
the Father gave Jesus Christ a birthright with the privilege
of being our High Priest, head of the church, our Savior, our
King, and our Lord. Jesus is the priority one!