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The Genesis Story: Part 13- The Firstborn Child

Bible Reading: Genesis 4 Memory Verse: Genesis 4: 1-2 Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man. Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Good evening everyone! How are you? How was your day? I am trusting God that it went on well. We are on Part 13 of The Genesis Story. Continue sending in your questions and remarks on each story. God bless you. Thank you to all those who encourage me each day. God bless you. It has not been an easy road, but your encouragement helps a lot and lets me know that there are people out there yearning for the Word. For the silent readers, God richly bless you. You are a main part of the success of Sammie’s Daily Dose. Thank you for availing yourself to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. God bless you all. And finally, thank you to you reading- either you are a first- timer or someone who reads once in a while. Today, we are looking at firstborn children. In the Bible, we see the stories of many firstborns, for example, Esau, Reuben, and in this case, Cain. Firstborns are of the least most talked about people in the Bible. You might wonder why I put least and most next to each other. It is not a mistake. I made it that way purposefully. I used the word least because throughout the Bible, we see the other children do the good works and be chosen by God. I used the word most after because firstborns are highly blessed by God. Yes indeed, they are. Let us look at a reason why firstborns are blessed. Well, Christ was the first son of God. In some Bible versions, it talks about God’s Only Son, here referring to Christ. God sent his first son on earth with a mission to save us. This is to show you that the missions of firstborns are very important and ordained by God. God gives firstborns very large tasks than demand a lot of boldness and courage. This is something He has put in all firstborns. Firstborns are greatly loved and longed for. In the case of Christ, God loved Him so greatly and the world longed for this Messiah who was coming to take away the sins of the world. Deuteronomy 21: 17 says, “But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, …by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn.” Hallelujah! This verse tells us of how God blesses firstborns immensely. At the beginning of the message, I described firstborns as the least most talked about people in the Bible. In that case, I was talking about the physical firstborns. People who wear born first to their parents. From this verse, we can see that the physical firstborns are not the only firstborns. There are spiritual firstborns. So when you began reading this message, you might have thought it was not for you because you are not a firstborn. This is quite the contrary. If you are not a physical firstborn, you can be a spiritual firstborn. In the last part of the verse, it says “… to him belongs the right of the firstborn.” Hallelujah! From this part of the verse, we see that God is the one who selects firstborns. You can be a second or third born but God would choose you spiritually to be the firstborn. We see a lot of spiritual firstborns in the Bible. Take a look at the story of Jacob and Esau. Jacob was appointed as the spiritual firstborn. God favoured Him and used Him. There’s even a pattern. Let us look at it. This can be found in the old testament. Here we go, Abraham was the one God chose and gave the covenant to become the father of many nations. Abraham’s firstborn was Ishmael. Ishmael did not receive God’s blessing, instead Isaac did. God has given Isaac the right of the firstborn. Then we move to the first example of Jacob and Esau. Where God appointed Jacob as the spiritual firstborn and blessed him. When we look at Jacob’s children, Reuben was Jacob’s physical firstborn. He also did not receive God’s blessing, but instead Joseph did. Finally, Joseph’s firstborn son was Manasseh. Manasseh was not blessed but instead Ephraim was. This pattern is over four generations. This is to show you that the blessing for the firstborn is not only for the physical firstborns but the spiritual. When you look at all these names, they became spiritual firstborns because that is what God had said previously or that was what had been prophesied. Look at the story of Ishmael and Isaac. God had told Abraham that He would give him a child. But Sarah out of her own human wisdom, gave her servant to Abraham for him to lie with her. There was no way God was going to bless Ishmael because His word is ye and amen. Once He said that Sarah would give birth to a son, he had already decreed that Isaac was going to be blessed by God as the firstborn. From this, we are all to learn that when God tell us something, we must listen and follow; no matter how crazy it sounds. For God acknowledges and blesses what He has said. So now that everyone knows that the blessing for the firstborn is for both physical firstborns and spiritual firstborns, I would like to move on to the correlation with today’s reading. In today’s reading, we see that more attention was given to the birth of Cain than of Abel. This was to show how great and mighty the first born son of Adam and Eve was to be. He was to be of great importance. But the only thing that caused him his downfall was sin. This came because he had mixed priorities. His priorities were not focused on God and he was consumed by many things like jealousy, anger, malice and self-adoration. This is to remind everyone to have their priorities straight. Follow God wholeheartedly and with all your might, so that you would not leave empty spaces in your life that the enemy can use against you. If you have read this message and you are an unbeliever and you want to invite Christ into your life, please repeat this short prayer with all insincerity. Dear Lord, I come to you today as a sinner. I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus is your Son and He came on to this earth to die for my sins. Dear Lord, let your Son come and fill me. Lord, I ask that He cleanses me off my sins. I am ready to stand for you and profess your Name. Thank you Lord. Amen. If you said this prayer, congratulations! You are now part of God’s family. Heaven is jubilating by your welcome. Hallelujah! You have been given new life. Hallelujah! To do so, I would encourage you to get yourself a Bible- in a version that you understand. Read it constantly. By doing this, you would be able to know and understand God better; as well as grow Spiritually. I will encourage you to find a Bible- believing church to attend, so that you can fellowship with other Christians. Today’s message, I come to encourage firstborns (both physical and spiritual) that God has great blessings for your life. All you have to do is follow God’s direction on your life and you see His blessing manifesting in your life. Hallelujah! - Have a wonderful evening and let God inspire you. Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I pray that you protect me and my family this night. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. This is the end of the thirteenth part of the Genesis Story. How did you find it? Please give us feedback on how this message (and previous messages) have spoken to you. Don’t forget to subscribe to get notifications once we post. Always remember to show love to everyone, as this is one of the most important commandments God left for us – “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In every situation, before you take a decision, remember WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). Shalom.

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