by Harley Howard

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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11:20-35 (18 of 24)
Harley Howard

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning
things to come.

Keep in mind as we already saw in verse 9 that
Abraham, and his family as well, dwelt in the promise
land as strangers, in moveable tents, showing they
were only temporary dwellers. The verse also states
that Isaac and Jacob were described as joint
participants, joint heirs of the same promise from
God. The blessing of Isaac to his sons had to do with
the fruitfulness of their offspring in the Promised
Land. He had a tremendous example of faithfulness to
God that was displayed in his father, Abraham. But
Isaac also learned to trust God throughout his life.
The author does not go into details about the failures
of Isaac's life, he only extracts the reality of his
faithfulness to God and to God's future plan that
would be carried on and carried out through his

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both
the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the
top of his staff.

Even Jacob, the trickster, the one who was crafty in
his day, before his death, he also learned to trust
God completely. When he was on his dying bed, he
demonstrated his obedience to God by not following the
custom of the right of the firstborn, but he obeyed
God in that he blessed the sons of Joseph instead of
his own firstborn son. In fact, the blessing was given
to the younger son of Joseph, rather than to his older
son, Manasseh. In fact, in Genesis 48, the greater
promise was given to Ephraim because Jacob knew that
he would be greater than his brother. This was done by
faith in the plan of God on the part of Jacob. When
Joseph tried to stop Jacob from blessing his younger
son, he attempted to inform Jacob that he was
bestowing the blessing on the wrong child. Jacob told
him that he knew exactly what he was doing in
fulfilling God's plan. The prophecy concernin ...

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