Summary: A survey through Jacob’s life that shows us that principles and values in life is more important if you want to sustain God’s blessings. The end doesn’t justify the means.
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Introduction: We all have great dreams and ambitions in life. In the process of chasing our desires, we are always faced with the choice or reaching there in God’s way, God’s time, and God’s principle or achieving it by devious methods. Many times, people reason out that as long as our end is for a purpose I can do what I want to achieve my goal.
Open your bibles to the Genesis 27. Last week we saw Jacob’s childhood. Today, I want to take closer look at Isaac’s home. One glance at the home concludes that this was dysfunctional family, a home that is not biblical in its principles, roles, relationships, and responsibilities. What you see at the beginning of this chapter is a family that, while not working very well, at least is staying together. By the end of the chapter the family has been blown apart once and for all.
Let’s take a closer look at the personalities of this home.
1. Isaac – An irresponsible husband & father.
A father is responsible for his home; therefore, a biblically functional family begins with a husband, father, who performs all the roles and responsibilities outlined in the Scriptures. He is to be a provider, a protector, and a priest, living a godly life before his children.
An example of this is seen in Abraham. Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.
As we look at Isaac in this passage, it is clear that he is neglecting his responsibility. The story begins with Isaac who is old and about to die. He wants to ensure that before he dies Esau obtains the blessing. Now old and frail, Isaac’s sight is failing. He calls for Esau and sends him out to hunt some wild game for him. Genesis 27:4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.
In spite of God’s instruction concerning Jacob’s position over Esau; in spite of Esau’s indifference to his spiritual heritage and him selling his birthright to Jacob; Isaac is determined to give the blessing to Esau! Isaac is living in denial of both the Word of God and the will of God. Now he plans to give Esau the blessing in deliberate defiance of God’s will. Here, the two sons are competing for the same blessing, all because of the failure of Isaac!
Isaac conspires in secret with Esau to hide his plan from Rebekah and Jacob. He wants his favorite son to have the blessing, and if he has to connive to make it happen, that’s exactly what he will do. If he has to deceive his wife and his other son, then so be it. Secondly, if he has to disobey God that is what he will do.
Thirdly, Isaac has declined spiritually now. It is evident that he has walked away from God in his latter years. The younger Isaac was quick to seek the Lord and intercede for his wife and home. Here we find a once godly husband and father, but now behaving very irresponsible.
2. Rebekah – A Manipulative Mother.
You see, Isaac’s intention to bless Esau was not something he shared with his wife, Rebekah. Why? He knew that she would have a problem with it! This is a house divided! Because Isaac favored Esau and Rebekah favored Jacob, there grew a great wall of indifference and secrecy between the two. Rebekah happened to overhear the conversation between Isaac and Esau.
Parents, if you are not careful children will divide and conquer. They know how to pit one parent against the other, so that they are free to do as they please! They know which parent to ask certain favors when the other is not around. Fathers and mothers need to always be on the same page, talking together, praying together, working together for the good of the children.
Gaining this bit of information, Rebekah had some options. Even though Jacob was her favorite, she still had the weight of God’s Word behind her that the older would serve the younger. This was God’s Word and will. She could confront her husband Isaac about his decision to bless Esau. Or She could have asked the Lord for wisdom and help. As a younger woman, she sought wisdom from God in prayer and the Lord was gracious to give her insight into her situation. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.