by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 27 (27 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

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.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
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;
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.

We have seen the divided loyalties of the family towards the two sons, Jacob and Esau. Now the complete damage to the family is about to take place. We have already seen how Esau was a grief to both of his parents because he married heathen women in direct rebellion against God and his parents. Nevertheless, this was apparently overlooked by Isaac, who was getting old, and in his mind, about ready to die, he decides to give the firstborn blessing to a man who cared nothing about his birthright and who no longer was eligible for it since he already sold it to Jacob. We don't know whether Isaac was ever told of the fact that the elder was to serve the younger son and that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. However, it would seem rather strange that something so important as the issue of the birthright would be hidden from Isaac. Lets assume for a moment that he did know that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Then why in the world would he desire to bless Esau then? He wanted to do it because Esau pleased his flesh. He loved Esau because he was a hunter and he loved the game that Esau brought to him. His pallet was satisfied with Esau and that was reason enough, in his thinking, to bless Esau. There's not one shred of spiritual instruction that is recorded as given to these boys and their lives are a reflection of that fact. So Esau is on the way to fix anoth ...

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