OpEd, Politics

Don’t sell your future for the present

By Abraham Kuch Luiny Akuot

In ancient days, birthright was considered something very special, making the firstborn to be given blessings. Even in our day, it’s the responsibility of the first son to take over when the father is dead or weak. For instance, Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. It’s unimaginable what happened during their birth. I don’t know whether it’s intelligence or I can’t imagine how powerful the second born is over the first.

Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as his wife. daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-Aram, the sister of Laban. Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife because she was barren and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah, his wife, conceived.

And the children struggled together within her and she said, if it be so. Why am I thus? and she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said, Two nations are in your womb, and two manners of people shall be separated from thy bowels, and the one people shall be stronger than the other people, and the elder shall serve the younger.

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins. in her wombs, and the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment. and they called him Esau. And after that came out his brother and his hand took over Esau’s heel. His name was Jacob, and Isaac was three years old when he them.

And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field. and Jacob was a plain man dwelling in the tents. And Jacob loves Esau because he did eat his venison, but Rebekah loves Jacob.

And Jacob sod pottage and Esau came from the field, and he was faint. And Esau said to Jacob, feed me; I pray to you with that same red pottage. for I’m faint. and Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, I’m at the point of dying, and what profit shall this What does my birthright do to me? And Jacob said, swear to me this day; and he spoke unto him, and he sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he did eat and drink and rose up and went up his way, thus Esau despised his birthright (Genesis 25:20–34)

And for the dish of red pottage, he parted with his birthright and confirmed the transaction by taking an oath. A short time at most would have secured him food in his father’s tents, but to satisfy the desire of the moment, he carelessly bartered his glorious heritage that was promised to His whole interest in the present. He was ready to sacrifice. the future for the present, to exchange the future for the momentary indulgence.

Esau had a strong desire for a particular article of food; the more he thought about it, the more his desire strengthened, until his sacred birthright, lost its value and its sacredness. He thought, Well, if I Know that I have sold it, I can easily buy it back again, even at a great sacrifice.
On his part, he was not able to do so. He repented, but it was all in vain because the blessings were stolen. him and given to the younger son. He had despised the blessings and There was nothing he could do about it.

He sold his birthright for small indulgences to meet his desires. and desires and this determines the course of his life. To Esau, a morsel of meat was more than the service of his birthright and responsibilities.

About our present, in this case, I can refer to the foreigners as the second born of this country; the firstborn of this country are the ones born here, but if the second born makes decisions for us, decisions that don’t favor our future but the present, then it makes us simple like Esau, who sold his birthright just because of food and water to drink at the present time, which affected his future.

Malek Arol Dhieu defined it well by calling the ones who don’t overlook the farsighted and those who look far over the farsighted.

Esau was not farsighted in his decision, which made him sell his birthright.

Ultimately, my water is my water; no one has the right to tell me that I should do something with it. Dredging my water is like selling my future to the present. What decisions we make now will affect us and, mostly, our children.

Our laws should guide our treasures; every treasure in this country is our birthright no matter what; we can’t sell them for our present needs. No matter what, the blind can’t tell those who can see that everything in this country is my birthright as a citizen of this nation, but if someone comes and tells me to give him my birthright in exchange for something, it’s a lie.

 The author is a senior four student at King’s College Secondary School
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