Gen. 27:1-4 Fleshy Impulses
chapter of Genesis has a theme. The theme is everyone is acting on
fleshly impulses. No one bothered to pray or to seek the will of God in
the matter of Isaac's blessing! The major lesson of this chapter is
found in Gal. 6:7-10: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to
his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be
weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Isaac, Rebekah,
Esau, and Jacob all sowed to the flesh in this chapter. We will see
what they reaped.
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. And he said,
Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore
take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to
the field, and take me some venison; 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." Apparently it was believed that a man had a
blessing for one of his children that he could bestow before the day of
his death. Isaac was intent on giving this blessing to Esau. Isaac was
aware of the things that God had told Rebekah concerning the affairs of
their two sons: Gen. 25:22 "And the children struggled together within
her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire
of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb,
and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one
people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall
serve the younger." Despite what God had said, Isaac loved Esau: Gen.
25:27 "And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the
field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved
Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob."
was determined to give his blessing upon Esau, his firstborn and favored
child. Isaac did not seek the LORD's guidance in the matter for his
mind was already made up as to what he was going to do.
should understand that God will keep his promises regardless of the
actions of men. Even if Isaac had given the blessing to Esau, God would
have still kept his promise. Isaac's determination was not about to
alter what God had promised. Isaac's determination to bless Esau was
contrary to the promise of God and Isaac acted on this fleshly desire by
having Esau go and take some venison and bring him some savory meat.
also acted on his fleshly desires. Of course, Esau could only act on
his fleshly desires as he was not one of God's elect children. Esau
knew that he had sold his birthright to Jacob for a pot of beans. Esau
had little use for the birthright beforehand. Now Esau wanted the
blessing of his father. Esau did not see himself being bound by his
actions or by the agreements that he entered into. Later he thought
that he could still have it all by purposing to kill his brother Jacob.
Gen. 27:5-10 "Savoury
meat for thy father..."
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. 6 And Rebekah spake
unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau
thy brother, saying, 7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that
I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death. 8 Now
therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
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: 10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and
that he may bless thee before his death."
had heard the conversation between Isaac and Esau. She also knew what
God had promised her concerning the twins in her womb. She loved Jacob
and was determined that Jacob would receive his father's blessing.
Again, we reiterate, the promise of God is sure and will not be altered
by the actions of men. However, Rebekah had tied the promise of God
with the blessing of Isaac. She was determined that she would have
Isaac bless Jacob instead of Esau. Rebekah believed that Isaac's
determination to bless Esau was wrong. She did not confer with Isaac
about the matter, neither did she pray to the LORD for guidance. She
took matters into her own hand according to her fleshly desires. She
cooked up a scheme to deceive Isaac and brought Jacob into her scheme of
deception. She would make Jacob appear as though he were Esau and when
Isaac pronounced the blessing he would think he was blessing Esau when
in fact he would be blessing Jacob. When we follow the direction of the
Lord we do not have to deceive and lie. Isaac and Rebekah had been
married for about ninety years at this time and we have Rebekah lying to
and practicing deception on her husband.
27:11-16 Problems with the Scheme
27:11 "And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is
a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: 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. 13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be
thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. 14 And he
went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made
savoury meat, such as his father loved. 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: 16 And she put the skins of the
kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:"
Sometimes it is important to notice what is not said as well as what is
said. Notice that Jacob did not say to his mother that it would be
wrong to deceive my father. Rather he pointed out the perceived
problems with deceiving his father. He was all for deceiving his
father. He just did not want his father to know that he was deceiving
scheme included getting Jacob to look and feel like his brother Esau.
Both Jacob and Rebekah were taking advantage of the fact that Isaac was
nearly blind. Rebekah took care of the problem by clothing Jacob in
Esau's clothing and in putting skins of the kids of the goats upon
Jacob's hands and the smooth of his neck.