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 September 16, 2018

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Text: Daniel 4-6
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Memory Verse of the Week

“The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised.”
(Genesis 21:1 ESV)

Genesis 27 (ESV)

When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me,and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.’Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. 10 And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” 11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” 13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”

14 So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. 15 Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16 And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” 20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24 He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” 25 Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.

26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came near and kissed him. And Isaac smelled the smell of his garments and blessed him and said,

“See, the smell of my son
    is as the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed!
28 May God give you of the dew of heaven
    and of the fatness of the earth
    and plenty of grain and wine.
29 Let peoples serve you,
    and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
    and blessed be everyone who blesses you!”

30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.” 36 Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:

“Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be,
    and away from the dew of heaven on high.
40 By your sword you shall live,
    and you shall serve your brother;
but when you grow restless
    you shall break his yoke from your neck.”

41 Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said to him, “Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran 44 and stay with him a while, until your brother’s fury turns away— 45 until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereft of you both in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I loathe my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women like these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

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  1. Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” Genesis 27:36

    A Stolen Blessing?

    Genesis 25:27-28 says, "When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob."

    Later in Genesis 25, Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for some lentil stew (I know, right?) and now in Genesis 27, Jacob appears to "steal" his blessing. 

    We certainly see Genesis 25:28 on display in Genesis 27 when Isaac calls Esau "My son" (Genesis 27:1) while Rebekah calls Jacob "her son" (Genesis 27:6).

    But looking again back to Genesis 25, when Rebekah conceived and "the children struggled within her", she called out to God and asked why this was happening to her. 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 25:23-24).

    So while Rebekah is clearly manipulating the family by going behind Isaac's back (and his desires for Esau to receive a blessing), she also knows what the Lord told her and with that information, orchestrates the events to ensure "the older", Esau will serve "the younger", Jacob. 

    Because Isaac's vision was impaired, in order for Jacob, who was a smooth man (Genesis 27:11), to receive the blessing from Isaac, he "had to" pretend to be Esau who when he was born, "came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau" (Genesis 25:25). Esau was so hairy that Rebekah took the skins of young goats and put them on his hands and the smooth part of his neck (Genesis 27:16). 

    Now that's a hairy cloak!

    What's interesting about this story is it appears that Rebekah is the "bad guy" and poor Isaac and Esau are being cheated. But is it not Isaac who has forgotten what the Lord has said regarding "the older will serve the younger?" Was it not Esau who sold his birthright for lentil stew (Genesis 25:33) and made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 26:35?

    Since the decision to give a blessing is Isaac's to give, and because Isaac is thinking about his death and is going to bless Esau after he brings him food, she in her mind does what she needs to do to fix Isaac's wrongdoing so that what the Lord promised is fulfilled. 

    But what is in her mind, even with good intentions to follow God, is actually a lack of faith and trust that if the Lord said something is going to happen, if He promises something to be a certain way, He does not need her (or us) to manipulate, lie, deceive or do anything else to make it happen. Rebekah did not have to deceive anyone for God's will to happen.

    So it isn't really that Jacob stole Esau's blessing. Isaac should not have tried to give what the Lord determined was Jacobs to Esau and go against what God promised.

    Do we ever manipulate circumstances for personal gain?

    Do we remain faithful when bad things happen to us or those we love?

     

  2. As I said in church yesterday, I used to be a master manipulator. Nowadays, I find myself questioning my actions and asking myself, am I doing the right thing in the eyes of God? What would he want me to do? Doing the right thing isn't always the easiest thing, in fact it's usually not the easiest thing, but God's will is what matters and He blesses me every single day. I am happier than I have ever been in my entire life because I have Jesus. And because I have everyone at Love and Light Christian Church! I couldn't be any more grateful!

  3. Do we remain faithful when bad things happen to us or those we love?  This question challenges me so much because, sadly, I do lose faith sometimes. It's something I struggle with.

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