Today we begin Genesis Chapter 27
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This chapter is a perfect reflection of how worry and doubt control the decisions of human beings even in those areas where God has already reassured and pronounced a final decision.
In this case, we are talking about the birthright and blessing as applied to Esau and Jacob.
Back in Genesis chapter 25, God had already clearly pronounced who was to be given the birthright and the blessing.
“And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in the womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” – Genesis 25:23
According to tradition in this era, when the firstborn child in a family reached a certain age, he would be granted the following two things:
THE BIRTHRIGHT: This is the authority to rule over the clan.
THE BLESSING: This is a double portion of the father’s wealth.
Again, this firstborn tradition ONLY applied to males.
However, as we just read, God reversed the normal order of things.
Even though Esau was the first one to pop out out of Rebecca’s womb, God sovereignly decided that Jacob would be the one to inherit the birthright.
God communicated this very clearly to Rebecca, and I’m pretty sure that in turn, Rebecca told her husband Isaac and her children Esau and Jacob.
There is no way that she would have kept something as important as this under wraps for too long.
I’m also pretty sure Isaac was well aware what God had already decreed and in spite of that tried to do things his own way.
That’s the reason he summoned Esau to go out hunting, catch some venison, and prepare a meal exactly how he liked it, so that he could bless him.
There was obvious favoritism in this family.
Isaac loved Esau and his manly hunting ways.
While the meek and quiet Jacob was more favored by Rebecca.
One point often overlooked is that this story was NOT about the birthright.
Read Genesis 27:36.
“And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?”
So you see.
This chapter is NOT about the birthright but about the blessing, the wealth portion of the firstborn rights.