S (Scripture): Genesis 27:30 After Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and just as Jacob left his father Isaac, his brother Esau came back from his hunt. 31 He too made some delicious food, brought it to his father, and said, “Let my father sit up and eat from his son’s game so that you may bless me.”
32 His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?”
And he said, “I’m your son, your oldest son, Esau.”
33 Isaac was so shocked that he trembled violently. He said, “Who was the hunter just here with game? He brought me food, and I ate all of it before you came. I blessed him, and he will stay blessed!”
34 When Esau heard what his father said, he let out a loud agonizing cry and wept bitterly. He said to his father, “Bless me! Me too, my father!”
35 Isaac said, “Your brother has already come deceitfully and has taken your blessing.”
O (Observation): The story of Jacob and Esau – and how Jacob steals Esau’s blessing and birthright – is quite mind-blowing.
Esau is born just seconds before Jacob. And so, Esau is due the birthright and the bulk of his father’s inheritance (their father is Abraham).
But instead, through a bit of intentional trickery, Jacob pretends to be Esau and successfully pulls it off. Jacob receives Isaac’s blessing.
This enrages Esau. Of course it would.
We know – in the end – that indeed Jacob is a part of the lineage of God’s people…all the way down to Jesus himself. When we refer to God, we say: “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” not “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.”
Well, as the story goes, Jacob and Esau meet up years later, and reconcile their differences.
Perhaps the giving of the blessing (being irreversible) is the key. As if God did the blessing. ￼An irrevocable blessing.
Perhaps God can make God’s mission no matter what…even through thievery…and maybe that is the point.
A (Application): So, this is a troubling dilemma. Steal and be rewarded? Well, the cynic can look at this story in a cynical light and reach that conclusion. This is why the cross is foolishness.
The blessing that Jacob receives is a valid blessing from Isaac…not because he stole it, but because God takes our faults and our lack and redeems us!
Jacob is not without fault. Eventually, God confronts Jacob at the Jabbok River, just before Jacob meets up with Esau later on. They literally wrestle with one another.
In the struggle, Jacob is renamed: “Israel”!!!
What is God redeeming in your life now? How is God redeeming it? Is there pain? Is there a new vision being reveled to you? Is there a letting go of something you are too stubborn to release?
God works in mysterious ways. We are all capable of being redeemed. In fact, the price of our redemption is free. We simply come to God with a broken heart and God will redeem.
P (Prayer): Lord, our hearts break. You heal. Help us to see that being a follower of Jesus comes with suffering and yet, redemption. Amen.