Your Curse Be Upon Me
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Your Curse Be Upon Me
November 16, 2019
[This phase is found four times in scripture if you look in enough versions and translations. Today we are going to look at just one of the four.]
(Gen 27:1-4 TLV) Now it was when Isaac grew old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called Esau his elder son, and said to him, “My son.” “Here I am,” he said to him. 27:2 “Look, I’m old,” he said. “I don’t know the day of my death. 27:3 So now, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt me some game. 27:4 Then prepare me a delicious meal that I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die.”
[This starts the conversation that leads to family contention. Isaac speaks as if he is on his death bed, but he will live another 40+ years, and he is giving his final blessing. Esau is his favored child and he has grieved over Esau's position in regard to the birthright Esau had willingly sold to Jacob.
Yahweh had promised the birthright and the first blessing for Jacob, who was the second child. Most of us know the story thus far. A story of parental favoritism. No body really wins when loyalties are divided, that is true for this family as well. ]
(Gen 27:5-7 TLV) Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac was speaking to Esau his son. So while Esau went to the field to hunt game to bring in, 27:6 Rebekah said to Jacob her son, “Look, I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau saying, 27:7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare me a delicious meal that I may eat and bless you in Yahweh’s presence before my death.’
[Rebekah has not forgotten the promise of Yahweh that Jacob was to receive the rights of the first born, not Esau who was born first.]
(Gen 25:20-23 TLV) Isaac was 40 years old when he took for himself Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 25:21 Isaac prayed to Yahweh on behalf of his wife because she was barren. Yahweh answered his plea and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 25:22 But the children struggled with one another inside her, and she said, “If it’s like this, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of Yahweh. 25:23 Yahweh said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from your body will be separated. One people will be stronger than the other people, but the older will serve the younger.”
(Gen 25:27-28 TLV) When the boys grew up, Esau became a man knowledgeable in hunting, an outdoors man, while Jacob was a mild man, remaining in tents. 25:28 Now Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
[That Jacob should over shadow his elder brother was promised, but this did not sit as well with Isaac as it did with Rebekah. Jacob was content with a life of labor, Esau loved the life of the sportsman. Both honorable, but one leads to a gentler life and spirit than the other.]
(Gen 25:32-34 TLV) Esau said, “Look, I’m about to die. Of whatever use is this to me—a birthright? ”25:33 Jacob said, “Make a pledge to me now.” So he made a pledge to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
[The birthright was no small thing to be casually cast aside or bartered away for a momentary felt need. It spells out the inheritance for the family.
A double portion of land and wealth
Headship, both spiritual and physical, of their clan
The fact that Esau did not value the gift shows a disrespect for the things of the giver, Yahweh.]
(Gen 27:9-12 TLV) Go now to the flock and bring me two good young goats from there, so that I may prepare them as a delicious meal for your father—that he’ll love. 27:10 Then you’ll bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before his death.” 27:11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, but I’m a smooth man. 27:12 Perhaps my father will touch me, and he’ll take me for a mocker, and I’ll bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.”
[It seems that mother and son understood each other well. Jacob knows that deceit is to be practiced on his father. It has been suggested that this was something they did on a regular basis, to deceive Isaac. Maybe to make him more accommodating to their agenda, since his care fell on them. Just a little hint, a little misinformation, the hiding of minor family troubles so as not to upset him and make their job harder. It is this seemingly harmless shading of the truth, even out right falsehood that gives the enemy a foot hold in our spiritual lives. We think it is for the greater good and therefore acceptable. Yahweh calls any intent to cover truth a lie and a sin, man calls it a fib or white lie – after all it is what is needed at this time and Yahweh apparently needs my help at this time to keep His promises. I do not know what happened to the rest of the lesson for the file was corrupted. So here is where I am lead today to conclude or expand on this theme of favoritism.]
(Gen 27:13-17 KJV) And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. 27:14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved. 27:15 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: 27:16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: 27:17 And she gave the savory meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
[This verse #13 reminds me of the lie a person under demonic control was told them. When asked if they would be freed their answer was: “No – as long as they are in control all the blame for bad is theirs to bear. I will not be judged because it is not really me doing the bad things.” This is a paraphrase but the meaning is clear – this person was being lied to for they had been offered their freedom and refused it. The double edge of free choice! So it is here with son and mother. They both have made the choice to deceive, so both bear the burden of quilt. Look at the extremes they enter into so that their deceit would not be discovered before the blessing is secured. This shows how well they know the father and how closely knit is the family that the son living away from home still has items reserved for him. How sad that what should have been a place of safety for all family members was really a divided territory.]
(Gen 27:18-24 KJV) And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son? 27:19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. 27:20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Yahweh thy Almighty brought it to me. 27:21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. 27:22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 27:23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him. 27:24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
[Jacob not only lied but he used Yahweh's name to enforce belief in the lie. Although Issac doubted the lie he trusted in his abilities to discern truth from error. Had he went to prayer and asked Yahweh to show the truth the lie could not have prospered. Some would say the ends justified the lie. Yahweh's word says His people will not be liars. It was a lack of trust in the promises given that led to this shameful tale. Yahweh would and could have brought this about in the open if Rebekah and Jacob had really trusted His word.]
(Gen 27:25-29 KJV) And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank. 27:26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27:27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which Yahweh hath blessed: 27:28 Therefore Almighty give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: 27:29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
[Physical satisfaction brings on a generous mood. Next Issac again relied on his own senses to verify the identity of the one to be blessed, his sense of smell, which grows weaker as age advances. Look how generous Issac is when he thinks he is blessing Esau. What has he kept for Jacob who he knows is to receive the double portion?]
(Gen 27:30-33 KJV) And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 27:31 And he also had made savory meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me. 27:32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau. 27:33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
[Just in the nick of time to avoid a face-to-face confrontation Jacob leaves having obtained his desire. Issac now realizes his error and trembles. Is this because he is angry or because he realizes that Yahweh would not be mocked by parental favoritism. The blessing is to stand no matter Issac's intent to get around Yahweh's stated appointment of Jacob as the inheritor of the birthright.]
(Gen 27:34-38 KJV) And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 27:35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing. 27:36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me? 27:37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son? 27:38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
[Esau is not weeping over the sin committed, but his personal loss thereby. His tears are not to move Yahweh, but his earthly father.]
(Heb 12:17 KJV) For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
[We know the birthright was bartered away, not stolen. Not traded for something of equal or greater value, but a meal that would some pass though the body and be buried in the dirt. The birthright was a double portion of both spiritual and physical riches. This is not the loss that Esau cries about the loudest, no it is the physical blessing that is dear to his heart. This does not make him an evil man, just a man closer to earth than heaven.]
(Gen 27:39-40 KJV) And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
[Esau was a man of nature and you would have thought this blessing would have make him happy, but it did not. Not even the promise of freedom from Jacob's dominion made him glad. He was a man who had been tricked by someone he felt to be his inferior and it stuck in his craw.]
(Gen 27:41-46 KJV) And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. 27:42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. 27:43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; 27:44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away; 27:45 Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?27:46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?
[They are still thinking Issac would die in a short time and so Esau was willing to wait until Issac was dead to reek death on his brother. Once again mother steps in and resorts to trickery to obtain safety for Jacob. Why not tell the truth. Was this not a shot at Esau for marrying outside their religion? Still her actions led to her and Jacob being separated forever in this life.
If we trust Yahweh to bring His promises to realization we will not be planing any personal actions to help Him keep His promises. Rebekah had her way but at what a cost to the family for Esau is still looking to redeem the promises from Jacob.]