A little bit of family history! My husband’s great-grandfather owned a jewellers shop in Fuerstenfeld, on the Hungarian border of Austria. When he died, his older son took over the shop, whilst the younger son, my husband’s grandfather, who managed the local co-operative store, inherited an equal share in money. The older brother refused to give him his share of the inheritance, so he had to take him to court in order to be paid out. He had to fight for what was legally his. He did eventually get paid in full, and amazingly, the two brothers did not fall out over it too much, and my husband remembers his great-uncle giving him a train driver’s cap and bag as a gift, which he cherished!
Abraham handled things a little differently with his sons’ legacies. Isaac, as the true child of his wife Sarah, was the inheritor of all his father’s wealth (Genesis 25 v 1 – 5) so he gave the other children gifts during his lifetime, presumably with the proviso that they disappeared east. He wanted to ensure that Isaac was not troubled, and that he had the full entitlement of his inheritance. Good idea, eh?
It worked as far as Isaac was concerned, but a bit later there was a problem. God had promised that Abraham would be the father of many nations, that his offspring would be uncountable. That didn’t just appertain to Isaac. Judges 6 v 5 and 33 tell us that these nations of the east had been more than a little fruitful. “It was impossible to count the men and their camels” The story goes on about how the Israelites had to fight for their legal rights. The land of promise was theirs, but living in it was not easy – they had to battle to keep hold of it.
Life is a bit like that. Jesus has won salvation for us, through his work on the cross. We are legally living in the Kingdom of God. As his children we are “qualified to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1 v 12)
But it doesn’t come without a fight. When we struggle to maintain our walk with God, when prayer is a problem and the bible is boring, we need to remind ourselves that it’s worth the fight! Revelation 21 v 7 says, “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
Fight the good fight with all thy might!
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.