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ESAU AND JACOB BIRTHRIGHT
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Esau and Jacob Birthright study on the Esau and Jacob Birthright story. This Esau and Jacob Birthright Bible study on Esau and Jacob Birthright events looks at the Esau and Jacob Birthright message and asks what is the Esau and Jacob Birthright story about, what is the Esau and Jacob Birthright outcome, why is the Esau and Jacob Birthright story important, what is the Esau and Jacob Birthright message and how does the Esau and Jacob Birthright message affect your Christian walk. Most have heard of the Esau and Jacob Birthright story but most are not aware of the problems which stemmed from the Esau and Jacob Birthright issue and how the Esau and Jacob Birthright debate still continues today. Did you know that the Esau and Jacob Birthright story has caused divisions that are still disputed thousands of years later? Most of the problems in the Middle East today are due to the Esau and Jacob Birthright debate. Let us seek and find the truth of the Esau and Jacob Birthright story with Esau and Jacob Birthright message in this Esau and Jacob Birthright Bible study, shall we?


THE BOOK OF GENESIS

CHAPTER 27
 

ESAU AND JACOB BIRTHRIGHT

ESAU AND JACOB BIRTHRIGHT STUDY ON ESAU AND JACOB BIRTHRIGHT STORY WITH ESAU AND JACOB BIRTHRIGHT MESSAGE
 

            Welcome back to Daily Bread!  Youíve probably been wondering through the last chapter, how exactly does a younger son actually obtain his older brotherís birthright Ö  Youíre about to find out.

            Before we go into the story, there are a few things that may help you to understand it from different perspectives.  Think for a moment about what the Lord said to Rebekah when she was expecting.  We may want to ask first, why was she the one God told about Isaacís sons being two nations instead of telling Isaac?  Well, letís think back further.  Does God have favorites?  Heavens no, you say, clearing your throat with certainty.  If you were asked, who do you think God favored, Cain or Abel, would you say God felt the same about each of them?  What about Ishmael and Isaac?

            To help you understand even better, think of someone who has two children.  They are born from the same parents, however they are completely different.  From their personality to their appearance to their ambition to - you name it, theyíre like night and day.  Do you have a favorite?  Instantly we say, nope, because we donít want to hurt anyoneís feelings, or our pride wouldnít want anyone to think badly of us for it.  But in truth, there are many reasons why we have favorites.  It may be because theyíre the youngest, oldest, smartest, whateverÖest.  Well, we are made in Godís image.  We all know we have favorites, just as God did, does, and will.  And God admits it outright.   Noah was certainly one of Godís favorites Genesis 6:8.  He refers to Jacob as the ďapple of His eyeĒ Deuteronomy 32:10.  And he Israelites are His chosen people, are they not?  Deuteronomy 14:2.

            Now, weíre not saying that God trusted Rebekah over Isaac or anything of that sort, but remember Isaac favored Esau.  After all, Esau was the firstborn.  Esau was the picture of strength, being an outdoorsman and hunter.  And Isaac, although he was Abrahamís son and the one that God chose to carry his promise through, he didnít have the magnitude of faith that Abraham had.  Abraham loved Ishmael, but he had no qualms about banishing him to the wilderness to make the path that God planned for Isaac free of obstacles.  What weíre saying is that God knew Isaac was blinded by his favoritism for Esau and He used Rebekah as a tool to be sure that the birthright, the inheritance, the blessing, followed the branch of Isaacís bloodline that He intended.  There are many ways to look at things, and many people would prefer to call the manner in which Jacob received the blessing and birthright a deception.  But from Rebekahís view, it was a means to an end that God had confided to her.

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            Letís get back to our story now and find out how it all unfolded.   

            It just so happened that when Isaac grew old, he became blind.  He told Esau that he thought he was going to die soon.  He told Esau to go hunt some venison so that he could eat it and bless him before he died. 

            Rebekah overheard what Isaac told Esau and when he left to hunt, she told Jacob that Esau was about to receive his fatherís blessing.  She told Jacob to go and get two baby goats and she would make them taste like Esauís venison.  Then Jacob would take it to Isaac and he would bless Jacob instead.

            But Esau is covered with hair and Iím not, Jacob said.  If my father touches me and thinks Iím deceiving him, Iíll get a curse, not a blessing.  Rebekah told Jacob that if Isaac cursed him, the curse would fall on her, and to obey what she said.  She cooked the meat, gave Jacob Esauís good clothes and made coverings for his hands and his neck with the skins of the goats.

            When everything was ready, and before Esau returned, Rebekah sent Jacob in to Isaac with the food.  Jacob said, Itís me, Esau.  I have the venison for you to eat so your soul can bless me.

            Isaac said, How did you find it so fast?  And Jacob answered, The Lord brought it to me.  Isaac said, Come close to me so I can touch you and see if youíre Esau.  Jacob went to his father and Isaac touched his hands.  He said, The voice is Jacobís voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 

            Isaac blessed Jacob, ate the meat and drank wine.  He told him to come near and kiss him.  When Jacob kissed Isaac, he smelled the scent of Esauís clothes and blessed him saying, my son smells like a field that the Lord has blessed.  For that reason, God give you of the dew of heaven, and the richness of the earth.  Let people serve you and nations bow down to you.  Be ruler over your brothers and let them bow down to you.  Let anyone that curses you be cursed and let anyone that blesses you be blessed.

            No sooner did Jacob leave his fatherís presence with Esauís blessing, than Esau arrived himself with his venison prepared and asking for Isaac to bless him.  Isaac asked, Who are you?  Iím Esau, he answered.

            Isaac was very troubled.  Then who was it that brought me meat and I just blessed him?  He will be blessed.  When Esau heard what his father said, he cried desperately and asked Isaac to bless him too. 

            Your brother came and cleverly took away your blessing, Isaac told him.  Esau tried again saying, But isnít he still Jacob?  He has taken my place twice now.  He took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing.  Donít you still have a blessing for me?  And Isaac answered Esau, Iíve made him ruler over you and have blessed him with corn and wine. 

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            Why couldnít Isaac just go ahead and bless Esau too, you may wonder.  Donít forget, Godís covenant wasnít meant to be split in half, or for that matter, divided in any way.  Even though God used Rebekah to execute the means by which Jacob received Godís promise to Abraham, the spirit of the promise still abided in Isaac, and once the covenant was passed on by way of blessing and birthright to Jacob, Isaac didnít have the power or the authority to provide a portion of it to Esau.  Isaac may have also remembered that he received the promise instead of Ishmael, who was his fatherís oldest son and that Abraham protected his possession of it. 

            However, Esau persisted, Please, just one blessing father, he cried sincerely.  Isaac answered, You will live from what the earth provides and from the rain of heaven above, and by your sword will you live and serve your brother.  And someday when the opportunity arises, you will forgive him.

            Esau hated Jacob with perfect hatred because of the blessing that he received.  Esau said to himself, My father will die soon, then I will kill my brother Jacob.  Esau told Rebekah what he thought and she told Jacob what Esau was planning to do.  She sent Jacob away to her stay with her brother Laban in Haran until Esauís anger had diminished.

            And thatís how Jacob took Esauís blessing.  It was meant to be from the start, when God told Rebekah that the older would serve the younger.  Jacob having hold on Esauís heel when he was born was another indication that perhaps the baby was trying to pull his twin brother back so he could be born first because he was rightly the true heir in Godís plan. 

            When you know the history of something, it makes things much easier to understand.  The terrorism crisis that the world experiences daily in our modern world stems from this hatred that began in the days of Ishmael and Isaac, and of Esau and Jacob. 

            Why donít they just get over it, you ask.  For goodness sake, itís been four thousand years.  The answer to that folks is one word Ö beliefs.  You see, Islam (the Muslims, or descendants of Ishmael and/or Esau) believe that the promise was with Ishmael which was passed down to the Arabs instead of to the Jews through Isaac. 

            Just what is this ďIslamĒ and who are the ďMuslimsĒ?  You have never seen either word in the Bible because they didnít exist in Biblical times, but what follows is a short version of who they are. 

            The descendants of Ishmael were so mad at God for making the promise to Isaac that they believed in a number of other gods.  They were an uncivilized people who believed in vengeance and violence much as God described Ishmaelís character and destiny before he was even born.  It wasnít until the 7th century A.D. that Islam was created.  The followers of Islam are called Muslims.  Their purpose Ö is to join together to wage ďholy warĒ against the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They believe that one of its earliest prophets, Mohammed, whom you may have heard of before, was carried by Allah (their god) to Jerusalem and he ascended into heaven on his bicycle Ė or whatever Ė where the Dome of the Rock now stands. 

            At any rate, what started out as sibling rivalry has over thousands of years progressed into religious conflict that threatens the world even today.  Islam believes in a continuing struggle (a never ending war) to kill or convert everyone who isnít Muslim.  You must give them credit for consistency with what the Bible says:  The fight over the promised land will never be settled peaceably (Zechariah 12:2-3).  

            In our next story youíll find out what Jacobís ladder is and what happens to him when he travels to Haran in refuge of his loathing brother Esau.  Donít miss it in our next Daily Bread.

 

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