BIBLE STORIES (34): ESAU’S BLESSING

Quick recap. Jacob, in cahoots with his mother managed to prise the blessings Isaac meant for his beloved Esau, on his death bed, while the latter had gone to hunt venison in order to make for his father, soup much to his liking, according to his command so he could be blessed. Unfortunately, Esau arrived just as Jacob was leaving his father’s side armed with the blessings meant for him. Before going any further, I’d love to digress a bit to talk about the importance of blessings, and by extension curses, especially when it comes from one’s parents. Jacob and Esau knew how important blessings are, they saw its effect in the life of their father, despite the challenges he encountered in his life. Curses also work in much the same way as blessings, which is why I cringe when I see parents inadvertently placing subtle curses with reckless abandon on their children for misbehaving for instance. If they don’t believe that curses won’t have such an effect as blessings, why bother then to bless their children as they often do in their happier moments.

Esau, on arrival back home, went on to make “… savory food, and brought it unto his father; and he said unto his father, ‘Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me’…” (Genesis 27:31), once both of them realized what had happened, “Isaac trembled violently” (v.33) aware that there would be no reversal of the blessing, Esau “… cried with a great and very bitter cry, and said unto his father, ‘Bless me, even me also, O my father’. And he (Isaac) said, ‘Your brother came with deceit, and has taken away your blessing’.” (vs.34-35). It then became clear to Esau what game his brother Jacob was and had been up to, first in taking away his birthright, then secondly, in taking away the blessings meant for him, from his father. It must be that the implication of selling his birthright to Jacob, and what it eventually resulted into became glaring to him, when he matched the two events together, and he may have also realized that selling his birthright for a plate of pottage, automatically means that he had relinquished the perks and promises associated with the position of the first born son (to Jacob). Even the meaning of Jacob’s name as related with cunning (v.36) now made sense to Esau.

Left with little or no option, Esau asked his father Isaac, if he’d “… not reserved a blessing for me? And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, ‘Behold, I have made him your superior (bringing to the physical, what was spiritually -set into motion- mandated once Esau sold his birthright to Jacob), and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with grain and new wine have I sustained him: and what then shall I do for you, my son? ‘ “(v.36-37). But Esau wouldn’t be deterred, he wept and pleaded with his father even for ONE blessing, to which his father succumbed, to bless him thus, “Behold of the fatness of the earth shall be your dwelling, And of the dew of heaven from above; And by your sword shall you live (which either seen defensively or offensively, signal a lack of peace within his borders, even if he would always ace it over his enemies), and you shall serve your brother (a direct result from selling his birthright, and by extension his blessings, as well as a fulfillment of the prophesy as was revealed unto Rebekah before the twins were born), And it shall come to pass, when you shall break loose (meaning that Jacob will not be lord over Esau perpetually, in what seems to be an effort of Isaac to provide a loophole of escape for his beloved Esau), That you shall shake his his yoke from off your neck” (such that Esau will not continually and perpetually live under his brother’s shadow, even if that meant an obliteration of his kind from the face of the earth) v.39-40.

Esau got what we will call in today’s lingo, CONSOLATION PRIZES, compared to the real McCoy that went to Jacob. Esau’s blessings were watery nay peripheral, superficial and pedestrian, compared to the substance as well as carefully worded and heavily laced consequential bill that was Jacobs’ war chest of a blessing. Many will read through Esau’s blessing and fail to understand what the fuss is all about, but I will fill you in on it. Let me give you a bit of an illustration to drive home my point. There are very wealthy people in the world today that can wield only very little power for instance. Esau was blessed with wealth, even with an upper hand in the face of an aggressor but it was still nowhere near the blessings of Jacob. To sum it all up, it’s because of the potency of Jacob’s blessings that there’s an Israel (Jacob’s other name) today, but nowhere on the world’s map would you find Edom (Esau’s other name, from the “Red Pottage” Jacob offered him in exchange for his birthright). That is why everything about life shouldn’t be seen as a joke, I believe that Esau wouldn’t have agreed to sell his birthright for a bowl of pottage if he realized the larger implication of what he’d done, he went about life like nothing significant had happened afterwards, while his younger brother leveraged upon that singular act to claim his blessings, making it difficult to truly label him (Jacob) a usurper seeing as he rightly acquired the license to be the elder, from his elder brother. It is why nothing happens to politicians when they are cursed by the electorate for doing nothing for the people while in power, besides diverting state funds into private purses, after gaining power by bribing the same electorate, who by so doing have sold their “birthright”, dignity as well as the “umph” and moral right to demand divine intervention in the lives of such politicians in order to point them to the error of their ways, beside what their conscience would ordinarily do, assuming they still have one; and I say this with Nigeria on my mind.

Because of the foregoing, “… Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, ‘The days of mourning (seeing that his father would die soon) for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob’ “ (v.41). The fact that Esau’s plot against his brother was leaked to Rebekah his mother, meant that Esau wasn’t a circumspect man. In his anger he must’ve bragged about what he intended to do to his brother after his father’s demise, another example of a lack of judgment on his part, which his mother took full advantage of by advising Jacob to “flee you to Laban my brother to Haran; and stay with him a few days, until your … brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets that which you have done to him, then I will send, and bring you from there: why should I be robbed of you both in one day” (seeing that the relationship between her and Esau will surely take a turn for the worse after what had happened, and not looking to lose Jacob for whom she’d taken the risk in the first place) v.43-45. Let me stop here for now, as it’s largely the human angle of that event that I have so far detailed, but there’s a divine angle that I’ve pointed to you aforehand concerning the prophetic revelation given to Rebekah, and regardless of how it came to pass, it was YAHWEH’s will (as we shall subsequently see). I pray that in all we set our hands to do henceforth, we be not the architect of our misfortune by acts of commission or omission (which we may see as trivia but come to haunt us in future), in Yahshua’s name, Amin!

‘kovich

REFERENCE:
– Genesis Chapter 27 Verses 31 – 45, THE SACRED SCRIPTURES (Bethel Edition), An Assemblies of Yahweh ®, Publication, © 1981 (Fourth Printing, 1993).

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