Genesis 27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer
see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”
“Here I am,”
said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3 Now
then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to
hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare
me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give
you my blessing before I die.”
Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the
open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob,
“Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty
food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ 8 Now,
my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice
young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he
likes it. 10 Then take it to your
father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”
said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have
smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear
to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a
mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go
and get them for me.”
he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some
tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15 Then Rebekah took the best
clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her
younger son Jacob. 16 She also
covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty
food and the bread she had made.
went to his father and said, “My father.”
son,” he answered. “Who is it?”
said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me.
Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”
asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”
“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.
Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you
really are my son Esau or not.”
went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the
voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He
did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau;
so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are
you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“I am,” he
he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my
brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then
his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”
he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he
blessed him and said,
the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord
28 May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”
After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his
father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He
too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him,
“My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your
father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”
“I am your
son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.”
trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it
to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be
Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said
to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”
he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”
said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken
advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then
he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”
answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives
his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly
do for you, my son?”
said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my
father!” Then Esau wept aloud.
father Isaac answered him, “Your dwelling will be away from the
away from the dew of heaven above. 40 You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from
off your neck.”
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had
given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near;
then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son
Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by
killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once
to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your
brother’s fury subsides. 45 When
your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll
send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one
Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite
women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite
women like these, my life will not be worth living.”
Jacob becomes the man that God’s promise of a seed
would come through. He was a man of boundless energy, a schemer at least in the
beginning, but also a man of power who chose with every ounce of his being to
grasp and to live by the promises of God. In Exodus God calls Himself the God
of Jacob. He says several times in the Bible “I have loved Jacob.” God also
ordained that His chosen nation should be known by Jacob’s second name Israel.
He had some weaknesses, but his solid worth far
out weighed them.
I was doing a little research on Esau’s
descendants and came across this which was interesting:
One of the most valuable lessons to be learned from the
family history of the descendants of the brothers Jacob and Esau concerns the
New Testament application. The New Testament views the conflict between the
flesh and the spirit as typified by the
conflict between Jacob and Esau:
Galatians 5:13-26 For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love
be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word,
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and
devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another. But I
say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the desires of the flesh are
against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for
these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.
But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Now the works of
the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery,
enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy,
drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that
those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those
who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and
desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have
no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.
Jacob in many ways typifies the average believer. He was
deceitful, manipulative, clever and bent on advancing his own causes for many
years. After wrestling all night with The Angel of the Lord
at the Brook Jabbok
near Peniel, his name was finally changed to Israel
. Though he may have been
somewhat slow to fully
trust God, Jacob's heart was inclined from his birth towards the things of the
Esau's heart and motives, on the other hand, were perpetually set on the
goals and rewards of the world. He cared not at all about the things that were
important to God.
Hebrews 12:15-17 "See to it that no one fail to obtain the
grace of God; that no 'root of bitterness' spring up and cause trouble, and by
it the many become defiled; that no one be immoral or irreligious 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."
The entire book of Obadiah tells us why God hated Esau but
loved Jacob, and why it is that perpetual enmity exists within the Christian,
between the spirit and the flesh:
The pride of your
heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, whose dwelling
is high, who say in your heart, "Who will bring me down to the
ground?" Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set
among the stars, thence I will bring you down, says the LORD.
When the people of Israel
under the leadership of Moses the first opposition they encountered was from a
people known as the Amalekites. Genesis 36 tells us that Amalek was the
grandson of Esau!
Then came Amalek and fought with Israel
at Rephidim. Exodus 17:8-16 And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose for
us men, and go out, fight with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the
hill with the rod of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses told him, and
fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he
lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a
stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his
hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were
steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his
people with the edge of the sword.
And the LORD said to Moses, "Write this as a memorial in a book and recite
it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of
Amalek from under heaven." And Moses built an altar and called the name of
it, The LORD is my banner, saying, "A hand upon the banner of the LORD!
The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."
Later King Saul was told by the prophet Samuel to completely
eradicate the Amalekites, (1 Samuel 15). Saul's incomplete obedience not only
cost him his throne and his life, but reveals clearly how easy it is for us as
believers to compromise with our own flesh---which God has said is utterly
In the book of Esther, the arche-fiend and enemy of the Jews is the infamous
Haman, an Agagite. Sure enough, Agag's name is to be found listed as the king
of the people of Amalek!
Herod Antipas, before whom Jesus remained silent in Luke 23:9 was an Idumean,
that is one of the last of the Edomites. God has nothing further to say to the
flesh, nor to the descendants of Edom
. Their fate was sealed long
King David's successful military dealings with Edom
are recorded in 2 Samuel 8.
Solomon's compromises with his "many foreign wives" caused the Lord
to raise up against him an adversary, Hadad, from the royal line of Edom, (2
There is a long history of antagonism between the
descendants of Jacob and of Esau throughout Old Testament history.
And all of this history serves to illustrate for us that no good ever comes
from our best efforts, our self effort in the Christian life, which is the root
source of what the Bible calls "the flesh." Only the works of God,
the works of the Holy Spirit done through us when we are obedient and
submissive to God---have any lasting worth. All else will, in the end, be
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