Isaiah 61:7 – “Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.” NASU
Let’s get to the getting to it, Okay?
Deuteronomy 21:17 – – The Right of the Firstborn – DOUBLE INHERITANCE.
Why? It is not favoritism but in order to insure that the firstborn would have extra means and ability to care for special family needs that might arise. In this we find the Law of the Kinsman Redeemer and this was often the firstborn. Hebrews 12:23 identifies us as the Church of the Firstborn.
This son was given DOUBLE because he was DOUBLY RESPONSIBLE for the needs of the family. He was to use his DOUBLE PORTION compassionately for the good of the family and all the family members. You must keep that in mind. So the DOUBLE PORTION carried with it a DOUBLE RESPONSIBILITY. It was the ministry of headship.
Do you know one of the hardest tests to pass in life? Prosperity and Abundance! Why would that be true for so many? Because in great prosperity there is tremendous temptation to become ‘self-reliant’ and think we are ‘self-sufficient’ needing no one and nothing but ourselves. I have found that God will trust you with anything as long as you can trust Him with everything! Paul advises in 1 Corinthians that we should always remember that we have nothing that we did not receive. It all has its roots in God!
I’ve heard people pray, “Lord bless me double and I will bless others.” Really? What are you doing now with what you have? That’s right, in your present status! “Oh, but I owe this and that. I have this and that obligation, etc.” WHY? If I want the DOUBLE BLESSING I need to develop the attitude and heart that is conducive for having it. I believe if we get our hearts right God will do His part. Remember Luke 6:38 where the Bible declares that if we give IT (whatever we give) will be given to us. Most miss the IT in that passage.
I must issue a warning of a ‘danger’ or ‘pitfall’ in this DOUBLE PORTION inheritance of the firstborn. This is illustrated in the Prodigal Son’s story in the attitude of the elder brother. You remember the story.
The elder brother was heir and received a double portion or two-thirds of his father’s estate. The prodigal did not get another inheritance when he came back. He had squandered his and now he is at the mercy of the elder brother to exercise his DOUBLE PORTION responsibility. The elder brother failed in his attitude and had no compassion! I do not disagree that the prodigal was wrong, wrong, wrong but he came back repentant.
What is our attitude toward those who fail? Those who created their mess made their bed and are now finding they must lie in it. Those who wasted their inheritance and opportunities? REMEMBER, if you have a DOUBLE PORTION as a firstborn your responsibility is to use it to minister to those who have lost theirs and sometime by their own doing. That is what Jesus does with us! He is never selfish or judgmental but extends compassion and seeks our restoration.
I am convinced that if more caught the true spirit and reason for the DOUBLE PORTION more would be enjoying DOUBLE today. The time to develop a spirit of generosity and giving is when you have $5 not waiting until you have $50,000.
Let’s pause here and pick up next time on the Double Manna and see where God takes us. May the Lord be with you as you go through your day and rain blessings upon you bountifully!