Lesson 8- Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban
Gen. 27:18 So he went 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 just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”
Gen. 27:20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God brought it to me.”21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”
Gen 27:22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he 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 Then he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He said, “I am.”
Gen. 27:25 He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, so that my soul may 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 now and kiss me, my son.”27 And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said:
“Surely, the smell of my son, Is like the smell of a field, Which the Lord has blessed.28 Therefore may God give you, Of the dew of heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine.29 Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, And let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, And blessed be those who bless you!”
Summary Gen. 27:18-29
Isaac is suspicious of Jacob’s approach.
A. The voice was different, but the clothing and the hairy hands convinced him that it was Esau, and not Jacob.
B. The blessing held several promises.
1. Wealth. Verses 27-28
2. Mastery of other peoples, nations, and kinsmen.
3. The language of the last part of Verse 29 is similar to the promise God made to Abraham. Gen.12:3, Gen. 22:15-18.
(Balaam, the greedy prophet, used the same phrases when he was forced by God to bless the nation of Israel. Numbers 24:9)
Gen. 27:30 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.31 He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.”32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.”
Gen. 27:34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”
Gen.27:35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”
Hebrews 12:16-17 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Gen. 27:37-40 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”
38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:“Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth,And of the dew of heaven from above.
40 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.”
Heb. 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
Summary Gen. 27:30-40
Esau’s profane behavior in selling his birthright has robbed him of the blessing.
A.When Esau expected to receive the blessing, he found that his father, Isaac, was not willing to change or alter what he had done. Bitterness set in with Esau. He was truly not repentant:
Compare Hebrews 12:15-17. “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be deﬁled;  that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.  For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”
Definition of Repentance:
Heb. 12:16-17 That no one may become guilty of sexual vice, or become a profane (godless and sacrilegious) person as Esau did, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17. For you understand that later on, when he wanted [TO REGAIN TITLE TO] his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected (disqualified and set aside), for he could find no opportunity to repair by repentance [what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made], although he sought for it carefully with [bitter] tears. AMP
To repent = Gk. μετανοέω = think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider. The Greek word also carries the meaning of aligning ones thoughts with God’s, coming back together with the (mind of Christ)
B. Esau’s statement in Verse 36 is not justiﬁed.
1. Jacob did not “take away” anything from Esau.
2. Esau surrendered his right to the blessing of the ﬁrstborn son, when he foolishly exchanged his birthright for a bowl of soup.
C. The only relief that Esau could expect is seen in Verse 40.
1. The prophecy that the “elder (Esau) shall serve the younger (Jacob),” given at the time of their birth as fraternal twins, would continue for a while.
2. Then, at some future time, Esau would be able take Jacob’s “yoke” from his neck.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
We will continue with lesson 8 next week.
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