Genesis Lesson 17 Day 4

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Genesis 27:30-41

Isaac realizes what Jacob did and that God had won.

10) The Lord rejected Esau

When Rebekah inquired of the Lord about the struggling in her womb, the Lord said,

Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23)

The Hebrew word translated as struggled means “to crack in pieces.”4

(It’s a good thing they were fraternal twins.)

Esau married two Canaanite women and two Ishmaelite women and became the nation of Edom. He was a physically strong, skillful hunter, who appeared to live for the present.

Because of this trait, Jacob easily took advantage of Esau’s hunger to obtain his birthright. Later, Jacob tricked their father Isaac to receive the birthright blessing.

Esau wanted the wealth but cared little about the covenant blessing.

He hated Jacob, so Rebekah sent Jacob away to find a wife among her relatives.

that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. (Hebrews 23:16-17)

11 a) Regret versus repentance

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Regret is a worldly feeling of sadness or sorrow about something wrong or about a mistake that we made, and a wish that it could have been different and better.

Feeling regret doesn’t mean we are repentant.

Judas felt regret after he betrayed Jesus.

Repentance goes beyond regret. Peter denied Jesus, but he repented and believed in God’s mercy.

Esau’s tears were the tears of frustrated selfishness, not of regret for his own sin and despising of his birthright.1

b) Isaac and Esau

“Isaac trembled very violently” when he realized Jacob deceived him. At that moment, he realized God intervened and would not allow him to give Jacob’s blessing to Esau. The fear of God overwhelmed him.

He acknowledges that God’s will prevailed when he said to Esau, “and he [Jacob] shall be blessed.”

“Esau cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry” saying “Bless me, even me also, O my father!”

The older shall serve the younger.

Isaac said, “I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants.”

As soon as Isaac perceives that he has been wrong in wishing to bless Esau he does not persist in it. He will give Esau such a blessing as he may, but he does not think for a moment of retracting what he has done — he feels that the hand of God was in it. What is more, he tells his son, “He is blessed, yea, and shall be blessed.” (Spurgeon)

Esau actually despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:34) selling it for one morsel of food (Hebrews 12:15-17).

12) Personal application

Even when your father is Abraham himself, you (we) are still vulnerable to seeking fulfillment of our own desires. It’s good to know and ask God to fulfill His purposes despite our moments of sentimentality and weakness.

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