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The Power of Blessing (10 of 12)
December 4, 2011
This morning, in light of having Maria as our guest and the opportunity for some of you to invest in a child's life through Compassion International, I want to take the story of Isaac's blessing of Jacob and share with you the power of blessing.
Most of you know the story; Isaac was getting older and wanted to give the oldest son Esau the patriarchal blessing, but Rebekah overheard the conversation and concocted a plan where Isaac would receive the blessing.
While Esau was out killing something to fix for his father, Jacob comes in disguised as Esau and receives the blessing from Isaac.
Let's pick up the story in chapter 27, beginning in verse 30.
TEXT: Genesis 27:30-38
Aside from all the theological implications from this story, I want to hone in on the blessing that Isaac gave to Jacob, rather than to Esau.
There is no doubt that these blessings, or pronouncements, are taken seriously by Isaac, Jacob and Esau.
We may not see this as that big of a deal; but the patriarchal blessing was an oath. It was a binding verbal agreement between the giver of the blessing and the recipient of the blessing.
It was irrevocable.
For sons and daughters in biblical times, receiving their father's blessing was a momentous event.
We can see just in this narrative alone the reaction of Esau and what the blessing of the father meant.
Some of the aspects of a blessing like this were unique to this time period; however, the relational aspects of a parental blessing are still relevant today.
John Trent and Gary Smalley, whose son Michael will be with us next March for a family conference, wrote a book called The Blessing where they write about the need of children to have the approval and blessing of their parents.
They use this story of Isaac, Jacob and Esau as an example.
"Gaining or missing out on parental approval has a tremendous effect on us, even ...
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