“What good is it to me now?” This is what Esau said to his brother Jacob one day when he came in from a long hunt and was very hungry. Jacob was cooking up some food and Esau asked for some, but Jacob saw an opportunity and proposed a trade, some of the food he prepared for Esau’s birthright as the eldest son. The birthright was something that would come into effect when it came time for their father to die and considering Esau knew that most likely that would not happen for many years, he said, “What good is my birthright to me now?” (Gen 25)
Esau was hungry right then, he needed to relieve his hunger immediately, so he agreed.
In Hebrews 12, the writer encourages the believers to not be “sexually immoral or Godless like Esau.” Esau’s decision to trade his birthright for a single meal is paired with being sexually immoral. It is pointed out that when the time came for him to receive his father’s blessing (birthright) he was not able to due to his decision and regardless of how much he cried, Esau was not able to take back his choice.
We are sexual beings and we all have sexual desires, but Scripture points out that sex is meant to be something that is shared between a man and a woman within the commitment of marriage. I encourage the single man and single woman to not trade the bonding and intimacy of sex to meet an immediate desire regardless of how strong that desire feels, in trade for the specialness that comes with marriage.
Esau thought that his birthright didn’t matter because it would not happen for such a long time, even if your marriage may not happen until you reach retirement years, I encourage you to not repeat Esau’s decision because no matter how much he cried…no matter how much you may cry, you will not get back that same specialness.