Principles Of The Birthright: Lessons From Reuben

Apostle Grace Lubega

Genesis 35:22(KJV); And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it.

Reuben was Jacob’s eldest son(Genesis 35:23).

He was his father’s “might, the beginning of his strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power”(Genesis 49:3).

However, there is something that Reuben did that greatly affected his position in the spirit.

Reuben, like our theme scripture reveals, slept with his father’s concubine Billah. In Genesis 49:4, his father told him that he was “unstable as water and shall not excel because he went up to his father’s bed and defiled it.”

What was the effect?

In Matthew 1, when the Bible speaks of the genealogy of Christ, Reuben is not considered as the firstborn of Jacob. The Bible says in Matthew 1:2; “And Jacob begat Judas and his brethren.”

What does this tell us about the principles of the birth right?

What you do to your father, whether biological or spiritual can affect your birth right.

In your home, labour not to grieve the heart of your parent.

As a child in any ministry, seek peace in all things.

If you are part of a vision, let it not be that you are building your own and not associating for the sake of what you stand to benefit.

Let your actions speak of a purity of heart that is not after selfish gain.

FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 13:17, 1 Timothy 5:17


What you do to your father can affect your birth right. This includes both biological and spiritual fathers. As a child in any ministry, seek peace in all things.

PRAYER: Lord, I am grateful for this wisdom. I understand the patterns of submission and live by their dictates. I respect spiritual authority and give honour where honour is due. By your grace, I grow in what it means to treat those who have gone before me with the esteem they deserve. To the glory of your name. Amen.

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