* A BRIEF BUT NECESSARY INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 27
* JACOB AND ESAU. ISAAC AND REBEKAH.
* ALL 4 DO THE WRONG THING.
* MAN MAY SIN, BUT GOD WILL WIN.
The biblical waters of Genesis 27 run deep, so a few thoughts are in order.
God wins but man sins is not a bad way to understand Jacob and Esau.
Both are sinners.
Both are in error.
Both take others down with them.
And God will have the last word in each of their lives.
Only one will turn to God (Jacob), and only Jacob was chosen by God to carry out the messianic bloodline leading to Jesus Christ.
No matter what Isaac wanted, God could not allow his divine favor, to rest on a man bent on wickedness.
Esau was favored by Isaac, but not by God.
Jacob was favored by God, but not by man.
In the Kingdom of God, God’s Sovereignty Must Be Celebrated.Man will either celebrate God’s choosing, or rebel against his maker, one comes with great blessing, even for those not specifically chosen, the other brings about death, and is the playground of demons.
A SERIES OF MISUNDERSTANDINGS
- God’s sovereign choosing of Jacob over Esau was not about who goes to heaven, and who goes to hell, but about who would carry on the sacred bloodline leading to Christ.
- Esau was born to be a blessed man, but walked away from the sweeter parts of that blessing. Rebekah asked the Lord to speak to her about those two active boys bouncing around in her womb. The Lord said, “Two nations are in your womb.” God chose Esau to build a great nation, but Esau did not choose greatness.
- Malachi 1:3 is quoted by the Apostle Paul in Romans 9:13. The phrase, confusing to many, simply says, “Jacob I loved, Esau I hated.” That quote does not apply to Rebekah’s two sons, but to their descendants centuries later. The idea of “hate,” is better understood as a lack of acceptance for bad behavior, and not the kind of emotion lacking in love.
- The choosing of Jacob, from the womb, is a vibrant illustration of grace. Jacob did nothing to warrant God’s unique favor, and while Esau is pursuing idolatry, Jacob is pursuing lying. Yet grace being grace means God is still working to ensure the glory belongs to Him and no other, because only Christ can cover over a multitude of sin.
God is not mocked.
Jacob will have his “come to Jesus” moment. He lied to his father and wounded him deeply.
And Jacob’s sons will also lie to him, wounding him the point of despair, by throwing young Joseph into a pit, and then losing him to Egyptian slavery.
Stay tuned for a full chapter summary.