A blessing, but less than it should have been

Genesis Bible Background

01.11.2019 – Old Testament: Gen 27.39–40

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 27–28 on January 11, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Esau was the firstborn, but he sold his birthright to his younger brother Jacob, and later Jacob pretended to be Esau when their father blessed Jacob, thinking it was Esau. Esau was a son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. Therefore, Esau would receive a blessing, but it was not what it should have been. Isaac said to Esau:

Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:

“Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth,
And of the dew of heaven from above.
By your sword you shall live,
And you shall serve your brother;
And it shall come to pass, when you become restless,
That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
(Genesis 27.39–40)

He and his descendants would serve Jacob and his descendants, and in time Esau would have to break that yoke, showing that his blessing was mixed with some trouble. Jacob should not have supplanted his brother, but Esau should not have sold his birthright.

Learn from Esau to keep your eyes on what God gives you and do not hurt your relationship with Him or others.


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  • If so, do you know what to do to fix the situation?

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