Friday, 2 September 2011

What is our Birthright?

I found this recipe in an old recipe book of my Mom's:

Elephant Stew
1 Elephant                                 salt to taste
2 rabbits                                    pepper to taste
brown gravy

Cut elephant into bite size pieces.  This will take about two months.  Add enough brown gravy to cover.  Cook over a kerosene fire for about 4 weeks at 475 degrees F (240 deg C).  This serves 3000 people.  If more are expected, add 2 rabbits, but do this only if necessary as most people do not like hare in their stew!

Drop those eyebrows now!  I'd never do that to an elephant!  He'd flatten me first (great slimming trick)!  Anyway, I think they are awesome creatures who could teach us all a thing or 2 about family.

But I digress.....
(love saying that)

We all know the story about Jacob and Esau (Gen 25 v 29 - 34).  Esau came back tired and hungry and was prepared to sell his birthright to Jacob for a pot of lentil stew!  Really, lentils?  He obviously did not treasure this awesome benefit that was his because of the order of his birth!

That been said - what is our birthright as Christians?  Because we are Christians, children of the living God, saved by grace, our birthright as joint heirs with Christ (firstborn over all creation!) is to live in all eternity with the Father.  We benefit in the same manner as Christ in that we have access to the Father.  To His grace, mercy, power, deliverance and protection.

We too can lose the benefits of God's blessings if we don't live responsibly as the heirs of God (as my bible says).  We need to appreciate this position.  We need to treasure the benefits of being heirs with Christ, we need to hang on to our birthright with both hands, both feet and every tooth available!

Gal 4 v 7:  You are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ!

Will you sacrifice your birthright for a pot of elephant stew?
I trust not!

God bless

Joining with Laura at Beholding Glory for Brag on God Friday


  1. Way too much for me to stew on this early in the morning....ha ha cracking myself up.
    Hare in their stew, so funny!
    Great post as usual.

  2. Lol Stefanie! ;)

    Tracy, I was reading the 'recipe' and laughing so hard! Goodness!

    I will not trade my birthright for anything! I am hanging on tight!

  3. What a fun post to start the day. But just because I laughed at the elephant stew doesn't mean I didn't receive a blessing from this post. (Although laughter IS a blessing) I'm rejoicing over the benefits of being God's heirs.


  4. I enjoyed reading the story of Esau and his brother because when I read it..I am reminded of how we still are doing it now in this life. We can't wait to get what is ours so we plot to get it and then only to find out we destroy it or we wish we didn't plot in the beginning. many families have been destroyed over it and it's a shame...

  5. So good....Our birthright = Joint Heirs with Christ....So good! Gave me tingles!!! What a great way to start my day! Thanks Tracy! ~ jen

  6. I remember this recipe. It is in an old Zambian Woman's Cookbook I have from the 1970's haha

  7. So cute, I hope I never have to feed 3000... and I don't think I want to tangle with and elephant or a rabbit for that matter :) I'm not giving up my birthright for anything! Great reminder, thanks Tracy... have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Hi Stefanie - glad you enjoyed it! I like cracking you up:)

    Hi Jenifer - glad you enjoyed it, and I think Jacob is a good example of someone hanging on to God for a blessing.

    Hi Pamela - amen, laughter is a blessing and being heirs with Him, the greatest blessing of all.

    Hi Desiray - I hear your heart, much hurt is caused through the greed of others.

    Hi Jen - glad you enjoyed it. We heirs together with Christ, amen

    Hi Shanda - thought you might enjoy this one :)

    Hi Heidi - glad you enjoyed it, just dawned on me how easy it was for Christ to feed the 5000. Wow, I can barely get food together for my 4 people family! You have an awesome weekend too.

    Ladies, as always you bless me and I hope you had a good laugh
    God bless

  9. lol - I think I'll keep my elephant on the savannah and my foot out of my mouth!

  10. Tee hee! I had a good laugh about the elephant stew recipe. It was a good icebreaker for the Esau and his birthright lesson.

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  12. Hi Shannon - haha, very wise.

    Hi Mrs Wildflower - glad you enjoyed it, have a great weekend

    Hi Denise - thanks for commenting. I'll go over and check it out.

    God bless ladies - have an awesome weekend



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