Good Morning y’all. Thank God it’s Friday 🙂
Today we in chapter 27 of Genesis. I am honored to have one of my good friends write today’s blog. I pray you are blessed 🙂
Genesis 27 by Amara Okoloekwe
Good morning everyone! It is my utmost prayer for God to open our eyes to see wonderful things in his word and our hearts to understand them all in Jesus name.
This chapter tells a strange story of greed, deception, hatred and lack of faith in God. Isaac felt that because of his blindness he was nearing death. He must have given up on life hence his confinement to bed and preparation for ‘a handover’. However, his death wish didn’t tamper with his appetite. Even though he mistook spiced up goat meat for hunted game.
1. The disobedience of Isaac to the revealed will of God as to who should receive the blessing.
2. Lack of communication in the family. My goodness!! This family operates strictly under secrecy and conspiracy. Isaac planned to hold a secret handover ceremony 43yrs before his actual death to transfer the birthright to Esau. Instead of blessing Esau (his favorite) he put him under a curse because he ordained that whoever cursed Jacob should be cursed, and Esau planned to kill Jacob vs 29. Esau who had willingly sold his birthright (first son status) to Jacob for a mere bowl of porridge (Gen 25:31-34) now intends to reclaim it. Obviously, this right belong to Jacob now. Rebekah (this woman), she couldn’t trust God enough and conspired to commit identity fraud and finally, Jacob impersonated his brother and told lies repeatedly (vs 19,20,23,24 &27).
3. Another thing is that faith doesn’t have to be perfect. Bible talks about the mustard seed size of faith. Isaac didn’t have a pure motive for his actions. But in the end he believed God, and he accepted that Jacob was the one who was going to be blessed with regard to things to come.
What happened to telling the truth and trusting God at all times? I wonder what would have happened if Esau had told their father that he actually sold his right to Jacob and sealed it with an oath or if Isaac was opened in telling his wife his plans. Rebekah must have thought that her actions were backed by God after all she was told in Gen 25:23 ‘the older will serve the younger’. And Jacob (a man past 70yrs) should have rebuked his mother for her deception but not at all, his only fear was that the plan might bounce back on them. God doesn’t need us to sin in other to fulfil his promises. Matt 6:1 warns us that there is no reward for doing good things for the wrong reasons. God is not concerned with our outward appearance. ‘For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings’. (Hosea 6:6ASV)
‘You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant. 8 If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life.’ (Gal 6:7-8 MSG)
We cannot say why God chose Jacob over Esau Rom 9:10-13. One thing is clear that God is all-knowing and no one is born by his own choice, so we shouldn’t lay claim to any title. Isaac pronounced the blessing on Jacob and later makes it irrevocable.
This chapter is full of intrigues. We can also see a strange example of faith. Isaac in faith spoke about the future of his family. ‘By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau’ (Heb. 11:20 MSG). Gen 27 vs 33, Isaac realized late that he had been fighting with God and had lost. He started to tremble, shaking violently and eventually accepted the will of God.
Whatever Isaac meant in vs 40, Esau intended to make it sooner than later vs 41. Yet we still see Rebekah scheming again vs 46. Nevertheless, she paid the high prize, lost both of her sons, and spent her last years emotionally detached from her husband. Jacob after receiving the blessing, fled for his life and became a servant of Laban. Esau moved to Edom, alienated himself from God and his promise to the descendants of Abraham.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your word. We ask that you strengthen us and help us walk in faith and not in fear. Help us to trust you completely even when we don’t know or understand what you are doing. Give us your grace today to build up our faith by reading your word and acting on it in Jesus Name. Amen. Thank you.
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***With God all things are possible***