We cannot change some things

Genesis Bible Background

01.11.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 27.32–38

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 27–28 on January 11, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Esau had sold his birthright to his brother Jacob and nothing could change it. Later, Jacob deceived his own father into giving him a blessing. Once that blessing had been given, it could not be taken away, even when Esau cried before his father for a blessing for himself, it would not happen,

And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.” Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.” When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.” And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?” And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept (Genesis 27.32–38).

Hebrews 12 refers to this incident, “For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Hebrews 12.17). Whether his fault or not, the stage for the future had been set and Esau could not do anything to change it.

Questions:

  • How are you at accepting change?
  • Do you think before you speak and act?

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