Only One Blessing Genesis 27:30-46

Last time we looked at the beginning of Genesis chapter 27. We were given a front-row seat to the weaknesses of this family and the sovereignty of God. The weaknesses were obvious. First, you had Isaac the blessed of the Lord. A man who was trying to walk before God. And yet, he was a man with his own agenda. He was told by God before his children were born that the older would serve the younger. The covenant promises would not pass to his favorite son Esau but to Jacob. Isaac planned to bless Esau and to name him the stronger son. Esau, from the very start, has been a man that cared little for the family and taking leadership. He quickly traded away his birthright and knew that the blessing should go to his brother, but he believes that he is entitled to it and participates in Isaac’s foolishness. Rebekah, who also knows the covenant promises, plots with Jacob to usurp her husband’s authority. Instead of directly confronting the man she uses her son to try and get what she wants. And we found Jacob the heel-grabber. Always about the ROI or return on investment, gladly participates in his mother’s scheme once he knows that any loss that he could receive from this deception would fall to his mother. Like any good con man, Jacob layers his lies and preys upon the weakness of his father. Those that think that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament have never read the Old Testament. If you see God as merciful, gracious, and loving in the New Testament, how could you not see that here in these stories? The many sins of this family deserve eternal destruction. When we find Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in heaven it is only because of God choosing to have mercy on them and bestowing the riches of his grace upon them. If we arrive in heaven, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob could say the same thing about us. In our passage before us today, we have the end of this scene in Isaac’s life. In an almost seemingly contradictory statement, the book of Hebrews describes this story in this way, “By faith, Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.” Keep this in mind as we finish this story out. First, we are going to look at verses 30-36 which describes Esau’s return home from the hunt and the discovery of Jacob’s lies. In verses 37-41 we see the record of Esau’s remorse and grief in losing the blessing. Finally, in verses 42-46, we begin to see the consequences of the sins of the family.

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