Have you ever wondered what does it mean to be a Child of God? And what was so important about being part of the family of God?
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! …” 1 John 3:1
In the Old Testament, the word for birthright was BEKORAH. This birthright belonged to the oldest son in each family. It was the most valuable thing a person could have. The holder of the birthright was entitled to the following privileges.
?Firstly, he was the rightful Leader and Judicial Authority of the family, and as the leader he was responsible to determine the direction the family would take. And as the Judicial Authority he would make a judgement call and determined a resolution if there was an argument between neighbours or a disagreement between family members.
?Secondly, the holder of the Bekorah received a double portion of the inheritance, this was a large portion of the family fortune.
Many a battle has been fought over the birthright. Jacob and Esau first come to mind, when Esau gave his birthright away over a pot of stew. Reuben’s birthright also comes to mind when his birthright was taken away from him and given to Judah and to the sons of Joseph – Ephrahim and Manasseh. With Judah receiving the Leadership and Judical Authority. We see Jesus was eventually born through Judah’s line. Ephrahim and Manasseh received the double portion of the inheritance.
As a beloved Child of God, and co-heir, we have been given the Bekorah through Christ! It’s not by anything we did or because we deserved it. Rather, it was bestowed on us when we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Our birthright, which was received through Christ, should be treasured. ecause not only have we received a double-portion of God’s abundant treasure and goodness. But our adoption into the family of God, entitles us to a position of leadership, power and authority in the Kingdom of God.