When Jacob was yet in his mother’s womb God prophesied that Jacob would excel over his brother Esau. Now Rebecca loved Jacob more than Esau and one can only imagine how much the prophecy motivated her actions of favoritism in helping Jacob defraud his brother.
Yet the event of the selling of the birthright contained no deceit and Esau clearly did not value his birthright, but later the taking of the blessing was by obvious deceit and the blessings were for all practical purposes stolen by Jacob.
In both cases the overall lesson is that Esau did not value either his blessing or his birthright while Jacob valued the blessings and birthright striving to gain them.
As a young man Jacob acted to obtain the birthright by deceit and through his own ways; which was and is a great sin. It is a great sin for us to seek to obtain God’s promises of eternal life and a kingdom by our own ways and not by patiently living by every Word of God.
We obtain the birthright of our calling; by our merciful calling from God and by our diligently seeking to please and to become like God: NOT by grasping for it in our own way as Jacob did.
We have been called by God’s mercy and we are to diligently value and seek to learn and to keep the whole Word of God, so that we might receive the promises which are given to those who please and obey God.
Romans 9:10 “And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Each of the called out brethren has been called to a birthright promise of eternal life and many blessings, IF we remain the faithful sons of God; but if we seek our own ways and not the will of God our Father we will become spiritual bastards and lose our birthright just as Esau lost his birthright and blessing.
Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement [refuse the correction and teaching of God], whereof all [children] are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Now this Jacob was called and given the birthright promise and blessings from the womb, yet he did not trust in God and tried to seize them from his brother by his own ways: Yet over his life Jacob learned his lesson and repented of this sin and turned to serve the Eternal and reconcile with Esau.
In our own lives many of us who have been called to the birthright and blessings of eternal life in the spiritual Promised Land of God also make the same mistake and rush off to seek the birthright and blessing of our calling by doing what we think is right, and failing to seek out and do what God commands is right.
Isaac near death prepares to give his blessing to Esau.
Genesis 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. 27:2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; 27:4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
Rebecca hears Isaac and tells Jacob to obey her in deceiving her husband. This was a conspiracy against Esau initiated by Rebecca. Jacob sinned by obeying his mother and deceiving his father; we also sin when we obey anyone contrary to God our Father in heaven.
27:5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 27:6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, 27:7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death. 27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. 27:9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: 27:10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.
Jacob is quick to join the conspiracy to deceive his father and steal the blessing from his brother Esau.
27:11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
Jacob fears that the deception will be found out and he will be cursed and not blessed. In this he knows that the deed is worthy of a curse and not a blessing; yet he is willing if not eager to be convinced by his mother to go ahead with the wicked deed. Even so, many in today’s Ekklesia are often all too eager to obey men who deceive us with promises of blessings for obeying them contrary to the Word and Will of God.
27:12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
Rebecca believing the Promise of God and trying to fulfill it by her own methods asked that any curse be upon her and not on Jacob.
27:13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
Then the conspiracy was decided and began. Rebecca made Isaac’s favorite food and dressed Jacob up in Esau’s clothing and covered him with hairy skins.
27:14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved. 27:15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 27:16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: 27:17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
Jacob then goes to his father with deception and even invokes God to his father.
27:18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son? 27:19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. 27:20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.
Isaac has his doubts and asks to feel Esau who had a hairy body while Jacob was smooth skinned.
27:21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. 27:22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 27:23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.
Jacob lies to his father
At this point I must say that we cannot deceive our Father in heaven to steal any blessings from him! He KNOWS whether we are faithful to him and if we are zealous to please him; or if we are lying to him and doing our own ways instead of living by every Word of God,
27:24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
Isaac eats the venison [young goat or deer are of the same family and very much alike]
27:25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.
27:26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27:27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment,
The blessing that Jacob stole
. . . and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: 27:28 Therefore God give thee of the [good watered land] dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn [grain] and wine: 27:29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee [we should not assume that Rebecca remained barren after the twins were born]: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
As Jacob left, Esau comes into the room with his savory meat. What a shock this must have been to Isaac and to Esau, for this was outright theft from his brother and was a betrayal of the trust of his father.
27:30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 27:31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me. 27:32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
Isaac shook with rage at this theft of his son’s blessings. Almighty God is also extremely angry with us for our rejection of any zeal to live by his Word while being zealous to follow men into sin like Jacob followed his mother.
27:33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
Esau was also outraged at this betrayal by his brother.
27:34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
Isaac responds to Esau’s request
27:35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
Then Esau cries out, and asks for a blessing also.
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?
Isaac laments that he has given all to Jacob.
27:37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?
27:38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
Isaac then blesses Esau also, with deliverance from Jacob so that he might be a nation on his own part.
27:39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
Esau decided to wait for the imminent death of Isaac and to then kill his brother so that he might retain the physical birthright and the physical blessing when Jacob was dead.
27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning [the death of] for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
Esau’s word’s were overheard and told to Rebecca who warns Jacob to flee.
27:42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
27:43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; 27:44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away; 27:45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
Rebecca devises a stratagem to entice Isaac to send Jacob away. She tells him that Jacob should marry in the family and not into the Canaanites as Esau had done. So Isaac allows Jacob to depart to Haran.
27:46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?
This entire episode is about brothers fighting over the physical birthright and physical blessing instead of waiting on God to work things out.
This is a lesson for us that we cannot achieve the spiritual birthright of our calling by our own methods. We must repent of our own ways and go forward to sin no more, becoming zealous to please God.
Did Isaac delight in this quarreling between his sons? I dare say NO! Does God our Father in heaven take delight in our seeking his blessings by doing our own ways and not by fulfilling his Word? I dare say NO!
God cannot be deceived and his eyes are not dim that he cannot see! Our Father in heaven knows what we do to each other in our strife to have the chief seats; he knows that most leaders seek the chief seats by whatever means and are not zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God the Father.
Right now the church of God is no better than Jacob and Esau fighting over the chief seats, and not being zealous to please and live by every Word of God our Father in heaven!
The story is not yet over and BOTH Jacob and Esau will eventually learn their lesson and repent before God and before each other! Jacob repents of his wickedness and Esau repents of his laxity and hatred!
Even so it will be that in the end of things the vast majority of the truly called out will also learn to reject their own ways for a true passionate exuberant zeal to live by EVERY WORD of GOD our Father!
Brethren, when we mourn over all the evils within these organizations: Remember also that we are all unfinished products in the Master Potter’s hands; and that the day will come when we learn our lessons like Jacob and Esau did!
God speed that day!
Isaac then sends Jacob to Haran to take a wife from among his cousins there, as Rebecca had insisted.
Genesis 28:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 28:2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother’s brother.
In spite of everything Isaac again is inspired to bless Jacob again and to confer upon him the promises made to Abraham; this because of the prophecies made by God to Abraham.
28:3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; 28:4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. 28:5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
Esau then took wives of the children of Ishmael Abraham’s son, to seek to please his father Isaac.
28:6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan; 28:7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram; 28:8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 28:9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
Jacob journeys to Haran
28:10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
At that time Jacob must have been filled with fear for his life over his theft of the blessing from his brother Esau, he must also have been very lonely and more than a little discouraged in spite of his father’s blessings. Here he was, forced to flee from the very land he had been promised by his father’s blessing.
Then God appears to him in a dream and blesses him; this because God has faith that Jacob will learn his lesson and repent of his evil deeds.
Before, Jacob had believed his parents concerning the prophecy and sought to fulfill it by his own methods. This speaks to the Ekklesia today,many of whom seek to gain eternal life through man devised methods and try to obtain the blessings by following idols of men, instead of through zeal to live by every Word of God.
Suddenly the God who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ appeared to Jacob personally and blessed him according to what his parents had told him. This must have been an incredible shock for Jacob to hear the voice of God and God’s blessings for himself!
God then began to work with Jacob humbling him and teaching him that his own ways bring sorrow and it is God’s ways that are righteous. That ONLY through the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God both physically and spiritually, can we be blessed and inherit the birthright of eternal life.
During the years after he fled from Esau God worked with Jacob to humble him. Jacob went to Laban as a wicked self-centered man; and he left the house of Laban having been humbled and taught to live by every Word of God and not to live by his own methods.
28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
Jacob awoke deeply moved at the appearance of God to him and God’s blessings, and he set up a stone and anointed it with oil; which stone is figurative of the Rock of our Salvation, even Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone of Salvation!
Let me add here that some have taught that this stone was brought by Jeremiah and is the Stone of Scone today. That is totally false, and that error has brought great damage to the understanding of the latter day identity of Israel. See our article on The Dynasty of David for more on this subject.
Jeremiah would never have supported any such idolatry; we know this because God permitted the staff of serpents to be destroyed and even the Ark of the Covenant to be lost; even the Temple was destroyed TWICE.
These things were merely symbols of a far greater spiritual reality and we are to focus on that spiritual reality and not exalt the physical symbols. Focusing on the physical symbols and not on the spiritual reality is IDOLATRY! A sin that Jeremiah would have [and did] condemned to the utmost.
28:16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 28:17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 28:18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
Jacob called the place Beth-El meaning the house of God.
28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
Jacob then vowed that he would give a tenth of all his increase to God, if God would fulfill his promises. The tithe is in acknowledgement of ALL the blessings of God upon his people, an acknowledgement that the Eternal is God and the Creator and Great Provider of all things.
28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 28:21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.