The Mystery Of The First III

A good understanding of the mystery of the first is important for continued success in life. Being the first to achieve something is superior to being the best in that same thing.

An illustration of this mystery playing out in human existence is that it is very difficult to dislodge the first born of a family. The first is very powerful. The bible is filled with examples of this mystery:

For instance, Abel was no match for his elder brother Cain. Cain ended up destroying Abel.

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”
~Genesis 4: 8

This also plays out in the case of Jacob and his elder brother, Esau.  Though Jacob deceitfully took Esau’s blessing, he was not able to dislodge Esau in their lifetime. Esau experienced more success than him.

“Esau asked, ‘What do you mean by all these droves I met?’ ‘To find favour in your eyes, my lord, he said. But Esau said, ‘I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.’ ‘No, please! said Jacob. ‘If I have found favour in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favourably.’”
~Genesis 33: 8-10

Esau was obviously more powerful than Jacob.

There were situations, actually, where the second or third displaced the first. But after careful study, you realize it only happened when the second moved away from the house.

Joseph is one example. He was able to dislodge Reuben; but only because he left the house and landed in Egypt.Study all the cases where it seems like the one who wasn’t the first displaced the first; they had to leave. Even David didn’t gain prominence in his father’s house until he left. His success was born outside his father’s household.

Furthermore, in these cases, you usually notice that the one who displaces the first-born is a firstborn himself! Joseph was the first son of his mother.  Isaac, who later displaced Ishmael, was the first son of his mother. It’s a mystery, and it’s called the mystery of the first.

Memory Verse:
Deuteronomy 28:13
“The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”

Prayer:
Precious Holy Spirit, please strengthen me to be the first always, so that I can have continued success and excellence in the assignment that the Father has given me, in Jesus’ name.
Amen.