Genesis Lesson 17 Day 3

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Genesis 27:14-29

Jacob deceptively receives Isaac’s blessing.

“The whole story reflects no credit upon any of the persons concerned” (Spurgeon).

7a) The wrong way to handle a family crisis.

Whatever works. . .

Rebekah thought it was okay to lie and deceive others to keep them from doing something you think is wrong or something you don’t like.

She was so determined, she swept aside Jacob’s fear by saying, “Let your curse be on me, my son.” Surprisingly, his concern didn’t cause her to rethink her plan and turn to the Lord for help.

b) Jacob and Isaac’s actions

In the willfulness of his old age, [Isaac] was determined to pass on the blessing to Esau, despite what the LORD had said and what the boys had shown in their lives. The fact Isaac tried to dispense the blessing secretly showed he knew what he wanted to do was wrong. Sadly, in this house, no one trusted anyone else. . . Each one of them schemed and plotted against each other and against God.1

Isaac believed he was about to die. In his weakness and misery, he longed to be pampered by his pride and joy Esau’s delicious, wild game.

Jacob, urged by his panicked mother, agreed to the scheme to deceive Isaac before Esau returned. His only concern was about getting caught, not about offending God.

8) We’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23, paraphrase)

When Jacob and Esau were born, Isaac and Rebekah must have realized the importance of the prophetic revelation about the twin’s destinies. But over time, each parent chose a favorite.

Although Rebekah’s plan to deceive Isaac would ensure that God’s choice received the birthright blessing, her motives and methods fell short.

Jacob participated in the scheme by lying twice to his father saying, “I am Esau your firstborn” and to the question, “Are you really my son Esau?” he answered, “I am.” In this deception, Jacob cheated Esau for the second time.

Jacob even gave God the credit when Isaac asked, “How is it that you found it so quickly, my son?”

Guzik gets to the core of the problem—

The worst aspect of this all is they seem to regard the blessing as magical, as something detached from God’s wisdom and will. But in giving the blessing, the most Isaac could do was to recognize God’s call and blessing on Jacob. Only God could truly bestow the blessing. Esau could receive the blessing from Isaac a hundred times, but it only mattered if God in heaven honored it.1

9) God’s prophetic blessing through Isaac

Isaac lived many years after this occurred, so his rush to bless either of his sons was premature. But God in His sovereignty intervened despite all the ego-centered drama and human schemes against one another and against Him.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

“The point is that the sovereign will of God is done, in spite of our or any other person’s opposition to it.” (Boice)

I must admit, I felt uncomfortable analyzing their behavior. I’m so thankful my stories are being scrutinized by Jews and Christians all over the world through thousands of years.

I bless Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau for living in tents, through famines, among barbarians, during those ancient times without the written Word of God and so many other teachings and resources like we have now.

You didn’t have Christian counselors or other believers around to advise, pray for, or comfort you either. I feel I will be held to a higher standard because of your testimonies. Thank you for your endurance, perseverance, and for making it into the Hall of Faith.

By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. Hebrews 11:20

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