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Blessings - How Serious Is It?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Where is the Messiah, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. I'm reading how Jacob stole Esau's blessing. It's pretty interesting to me, because why couldn't Isaac just give another blessing to Esau? And how is it even possible, that this guy was even able to steal someone else's blessing? Do you guys have a planned out blessing you will give to your firstborn at a certain time? Here is the passage, and I'll highlight the interesting parts:

    One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”

    “Yes, Father?” Esau replied.

    2 “I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die. 3 Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.”

    5 But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, 6 she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’8 Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. 9 Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”

    11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth.12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”

    13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”

    14 So Jacob went out and got the young goats for his mother. Rebekah took them and prepared a delicious meal, just the way Isaac liked it. 15 Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob. 16 She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats. 17 Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread.

    18 So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said.

    “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?”

    19 Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”

    20 Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

    “The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob replied.

    21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.” 22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said. 23 But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob. 24 “But are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

    “Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.

    25 Then Isaac said, “Now, my son, bring me the wild game. Let me eat it, and then I will give you my blessing.” So Jacob took the food to his father, and Isaac ate it. He also drank the wine that Jacob served him. 26 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my son.”

    27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!

    28 “From the dew of heaven
    and the richness of the earth,
    may God always give you abundant harvests of grain
    and bountiful new wine.

    29 May many nations become your servants,
    and may they bow down to you.

    May you be the master over your brothers,
    and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
    All who curse you will be cursed,
    and all who bless you will be blessed.”

    30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau returned from his hunt. 31 Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he said, “Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so you can give me your blessing.”

    32 But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”

    Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son, Esau.”

    33 Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, “Then who just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must stand!”

    34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. “Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!” he begged.

    35 But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”

    36 Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice.[a] First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even one blessing for me?”

    37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me to give you, my son?”

    38 Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.

    39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him,

    “You will live away from the richness of the earth,
    and away from the dew of the heaven above.
    40 You will live by your sword,
    and you will serve your brother.
    But when you decide to break free,
    you will shake his yoke from your neck.”
  2. It does seem that Rebekah and Jacob are being dishonest / evil! But the truth is that Isaac was defying God in wanting to give the blessing to Esau. Rebekah was just obeying God.

    Gen 25:23 ''And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger''.

    Then we also have this to consider Gen 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright (for some stew o_O).

    Personally I think it was a written agreement that Jacob signed. It could not have just been words. Unless all along Isaac knew it was Jacob. Did wearing the goat hair and Esau's clothing really fool him? He was blind not deaf.

    Blessings were significant OT. Just look at tithing. I don't think there was any doubt in anyone's mind that tithing opened the floodgates of heaven. God even advising the Jews to test Him with the blessing in Mal 3:10.
  3. It's interesting to me because even though he wanted to still bless Esau, he could not.
  4. #4 KingJ, Jul 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2014
    Isaac knew the prophecy of God. When Esau made him aware that he had given the blessing to Jacob he knew that prophecy given to him was fulfilled. It seems he was rebellious to God prior but submitted to God in that moment when he stuck to the prophecy. He trembled uncontrollably because he just realized not only that Jacob got his blessing but that God's prophecy just got fulfilled. He could '''attempt'' to defy God by calling Jacob back, but we know / He knew that would not end well for him. http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVanswers/2010/11-02a.html

    Isaac did give Esau a blessing according to prophecy (proof that Isaac now accepted God's will) Gen 27:39-40 Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.
  5. This is an interesting subject.. What made the OT blessings so special? They were certainly prophetic in nature.. But I don't know what made them binding.. Or what made them serious.. And when it stopped becoming serious? Did it apply only to Patriarchs or just anyone in OT? Was it just for Jews?

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