Isaac, Jacob, and Esau

“By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.” – Hebrews 11:20

Allow me to quote a page from a Weebly blog by Crystal Thompson, for I am no expert on this story:

“Before the birth of the twins Esau and Jacob by Rebekah, God tells her that ‘the older [of her children] will serve the younger’ (Genesis 25:23, ESV).  Thus Esau came first, followed by Jacob, who was holding on to Esau’s heel upon exiting the womb.  Because Esau was the first born, he was entitled to the family birthright, but in Genesis 25:33, Jacob makes a weary, starved Esau swear to sell his birthright to him in exchange for a bowl of soup.  Jacob later deceives his father, Issac, by pretending to be Esau and prompting Issac to bestow his blessing- meant for his firstborn, Esau- on Jacob.  Jacob was deceitful, yet God was shown to be with him throughout the course of his life… 

How could God bless a deceitful person like Jacob over his brother Esau, who presumably did no harm?

According to one website, election is God fulfilling his purposes by choosing or ‘electing’ certain people to carry out his duties, much like he chose Jacob over Esau before their birth… While it may seem that Esau is the innocent party, further readings show that Esau did not seek to find God’s favor, for Esau deemed earthly wants more important than his birthright when he sold his birthright for a single meal (cf. Gen 25:32). …

Throughout Jacob’s life, his actions- though often times deceiving, displayed that he wanted to be in God’s favor.”

Admirable Qualities of Jacob’s Faith:

  • Jacob’s actions sought the favor of God, even though the world deemed his actions as scurvy.
  • Jacob trusted God’s provision in the deceit against his father Isaac. 

Admirable Qualities of Isaac’s Faith

  • Although he didn’t know at the time, he invoked his blessing on the wrong kid, even though in God’s mind he picked correctly. Upon finding out that he’d done this, he didn’t reverse it, instead decided that the ruling would stand, in line with God’s will. 

When things go wrong in your life, how do you handle it? Do you try to fix it yourself, or do you assume that God has a greater working? Do all your actions seek the glory of God? Try to seek the glory of God in all you do over the next 24h. See how things change. 

“And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad-in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls- she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. – Romans 9:10-16

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