24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am.” 25 So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that [l](Q)I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. The years of work he rendered to Laban just to marry Rachel, and the deceit of his own sons which mirrored the deception he did years ago to his own father are further examples of the price he paid. 4:4, Do I deserve a God who does the impossible? So Jacob is a sinner and he has “sinned against heaven and in your sight, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son (Luke 15:21).” Just so, all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and are not worthy to receive God’s blessing. One example of this is in the story of Jacob and Isaac and Esau in Genesis 27:1-29. (I mean, who gives away their birthright over slight hunger?!) From a straightforward reading of the text, it seems that Isaac’s doubt came from the sound of Jacob’s voice. So this is Jacob, and yet Jacob was the chosen one, the patriarch who would eventually have twelve sons and would bear the name of the entire nation. Jacob sins against his father Isaac by lying to him and deceiving him and tricking him so that he will give the blessing to Jacob. Jacob and Esau were the first twins mentioned in the Bible. Because he appeared to be Esau, he received the blessing. Second, his uncle Laban turned the tables and gave Leah under the cover of darkness for Jacob to marry instead of Rachel. In the end, you are who I always knew you to be. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; In the same way in the gospel the sinner is estranged from his heavenly Father and has no relationship with the Father. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. This story contains so much trickery and deception. But because of our faith in Jesus, we are now disguised in the robe of righteousness of Jesus. Some of the rabbis said that the first stage takes three days, and that wine does not have a strong appeal to the senses until it is 40 days old (according to the Talmud). Click here to find out more about this unique and fun Bible study tool! (Google Art Project, via Wikipedia). Nevertheless, we also know two other points: he was a hunter, and his father loved him. According to this read, what Isaac means when he says, “The voice is the voice of Jacob” is that the behavior is the behavior of Jacob. When Esau arrives with freshly made stew, Isaac refuses to give him another blessing because he only has one blessing to give. If he can appear as Esau, he will receive Esau’s blessing. Even though Jacob the deceiver, the usurper and the liar will be the one meeting with his father, if he disguises himself well enough to convince Isaac that he is Esau, he will still get the father’s blessing that rightly belongs to Esau. You have grown the way I always thought you would, after all. So here in Genesis 27 we have seen that just as Jacob disguised himself as the favorite son Esau so that he could receive the father’s blessing, so we get wrapped up in the imputed righteousness of the favored Son of God, Jesus Christ, so that we look like Him and can thus receive the blessing of our God and Father in the heavens. I have done as you told me.” These are two lies in as many sentences, for Jacob is not the first-born and he has not done what Isaac asked him to do. In the ensuing interaction, Isaac and Jacob face off, the former trying to uncover his son’s identity, and the latter trying to disguise it. In Parshat Toledot, there are two central questions: what made Isaac doubt his son? If the father thinks that Jacob is Esau, Jacob will be blessed based on Esau’s merits. She was 90 years old when she finally conceived Isaac. Isaac’s wife Rebecca and her favorite son Jacob plot together to deceive the old man and get Isaac to bless Jacob instead of Esau. He hoped that he had already moved in that direction. Is it possible that Esau knew of God’s promise to Rebekah that Jacob would indeed be the one to carry out God’s promise? By signing up, you will receive spiritual encouragement, Bible study resources, offers/promotions, and our current blog posts straight to your inbox. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition - is just a step away! When and how did the Twelve Apostles die? And in the end, God’s plan prevailed. And maybe Esau saw it too. He undoubtedly suffered from bitterness after this event as the Bible says he “despised” his birthright. The older shall serve the younger…. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. Jacob knows that if his father realizes that the person seeking the blessing is, in fact, Jacob, Isaac will forever reject him and curse him. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. Let me try to explain and tie this in to the gospel. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. In other words, Jacob does not try to improve himself and does not try to earn his father’s favor or win his father’s love on his own merits. Our appearance and our actions remain our own and remain bent toward sin, although through sanctification we gradually begin to live obedient lives. 18 So he went to his father and said, “My father.” And Isaac said, “Here I am. If Your Enemy Is Hungry, Feed Him (Romans 12:20-21), Lessons from Luke’s Gospel – Beware of Greed, Luke 12:13-15, Meditations on Romans 6: Dead to Sin and Alive to God, No Retaliation, No Revenge (Romans 12:17-19), Temptation in the Garden and Its Results (Genesis 3) Jan. 3, 2015, The Demoniac Meets Jesus (Luke 8:26-39) (#39). If Jacob grabbed Esau’s heel then Esau has bruised Jacob’e head. 17 She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made, [j]to her son Jacob. P.s. But deception is not always sinful. His character guided him, and there it was, even in the midst of deception, unmistakable. p.p.s. And Rebekah conspired against her own son to make sure Jacob received the blessing instead! It turns everything on its head which was not intentional & has got me pondering. The truth is that we simply do not know. Isaac, expecting Esau’s return, but not yet, is startled to hear his son. He recognized the good in him, and hoped that he could move in the right direction. One more set of verses will conclude this study. In the next verse (27:24) Isaac asks Jacob a direct question about his identity and he boldly lies to his father again. Now please, sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may bless me.” 20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found the game so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God caused it to come to me.” 21 But Isaac [wondered and] said to Jacob, “Please come close [to me] so that I may touch you, my son, and determine if you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob approached Isaac, and his father touched him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He could not recognize him [as Jacob], because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. The medieval commentator Rashi suggests that it was not the sound of Jacob’s voice that threw Isaac. As well as show that this love is not be earned by his (or our) special merit or attributes. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "alyssajhoward-20"; Rebekah never saw her son Jacob again. Having righteously deceived Isaac, Jacob faced a wicked deceiver in his uncle Laban, who deceived Jacob into marrying … And though it is quite in keeping with Jacob's opportunistic and deceptive character so far, it is hardly worthy of approval -- except perhaps by shrewd people who value expediency over integrity. He is an adulterer, a blasphemer, a covetous man and a thief. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. But maybe Isaac was not tricked after all. And may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Thank you! Begin reading God's Word ad-free with instant access to your new online study library. If you remember, Isaac’s mother was barren too. What I want to point out here is that Isaac almost appears to willingly allow Jacob’s deception. (c.1612 – 1652) – Artist. Finally Isaac calls Jacob to come close and kiss him. Amazing Bible Timeline with World History, 1QHvqb64da2aKg at Google Cultural Institute, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22152078. There is tension and jealousy and discord. He must increase and we must decrease (John 3:30). When the stories are said to parallel the gospel or to foreshadow the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no suggestion that the sinful men and women who are part of the foreshadow in any way represent the holiness of the Lord Jesus, for they cannot.
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