- Sermon Notes
At this point in the scriptures Abraham and Sarah have died, Isaac has married Rebekah; they have had twin boys Esau and Jacob, Esau being born first. When they were in the womb, they struggled together and Rebekah inquired of the Lord as to what was happening. “There are two nations within you,” the Lord said, “and the older will serve the younger, and one nation will be stronger than the other.”
When we come to chapter 27, Isaac is now old, 137 years old, and so he decided it’s time to give the blessing that would normally belong to the eldest son. When we first read this story we could easily get the impression that Isaac is on his death bed, barely alive, calling out for Esau before he dies. Actually, Isaac lives another 43 years!
When we read this story we also need to see that the lessons we learn are not from their excellent character; here we learn from their poor example. God allows the reality of who they are to be seen because we can learn many lessons of what not to do.
The story is really about the blessing that Isaac’s soul was to give to the firstborn, but God has chosen this for Jacob, the younger.
I. Don’t Resist God’s Plan
- Isaac knew what God had said to Rebekah, that the older would serve the younger, but apparently decided to resist God’s plan and design his own plan.
- Esau was his favorite and so Isaac’s judgment was affected.
A. Without vision people perish
- Isaac’s eyes are too dim to see. This is true physically, but I submit it was true spiritually as well.
- He liked Esau best because he was a man’s man and brought the venison and game that he enjoyed. So Isaac decided to ignore God’s Word and do what he wanted done.
- But he couldn’t see that ignoring God’s Word has long term consequences. God knows what is best for our lives and the best thing we can do is to live in agreement with God says is right for our lives.
Proverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. KJV
- When we think of having vision we often think of what might be possible when we believe God.
- But having vision also means seeing that when we sow to the Spirit we reap from the Spirit and when we sow to the flesh we reap from the flesh.
Galatians 6:7-8, Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Genesis 47:8-9. Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years have you lived?" So Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning."
B. Worldly ways lack power
- Rebekah is lacking in trusting God in this story. She knows what God said, but when she overhears Isaac’s plan, she decided to take matters in her own hands.
- The result is that the brothers are struggling one again as they did in her womb. In fact, Esau wants to kill his brother in the end.
App – there is a great difference between that which is efficient and that which is effective.
James 5:16, The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. NIV
- There are so many biblical examples of what happens when we try to live by own cleverness, conniving or fleshly energy.
Illus – When Moses killed an Egyptian and then spent 40 years in the desert as a result.
When Sarah used Hagar to have a child and the world suffers for it today.
Zechariah 4:6, Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord guards the city…
Illus – We must believe that the church must be found in those who are seeking and desiring God with sincere hearts. This is the cry of our youth.
II. Desire the Blessing Even Now
- Esau didn’t care about his birthright and gave it away to satisfy the desires of his fleshly hunger.
- But now he desperately wants the blessing of his position because he now understands the value of what it could mean in his life.
- There is a lot of personal application in this part of the story because we all need God’s blessing.
A. Ask God to be your father
- Isaac is not your model dad in this story. He is plotting something that he knows God does not want. He is putting his entire family at odds against each other because of this decision. They all have a part in what went wrong here, but it started with the father’s decision to go his own way instead of listening to God.
- The importance and power of a father is clearly seen in Isaac’s poor example.
- Many people struggle in their lives because they lacked the blessing of having a good father, but there is still hope for those who carry these wounds.
Illus – Recently I spoke about my own father and the troubles he had in his life being an alcoholic and clearly not invested in our lives.
I remember that this came to a crisis for me when I was going to
But that was when I received a word from God that completely changed my life. “I will be the Father to you that you never had. I will never leave you or forsake you. I will bless you and put My hand on you and I guide your steps.”
Illus – When I went to OSU my grades were quite stinky, but later, when I went to Multnomah, everything changed. I began to see the blessing of my Father in heaven on my life.
Illus – God promised David that He would be Solomon’s Father…
II Samuel 7:14-15, “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him... but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him,”
II Corinthians 6:16-18, For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people… “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.
Illus – Jacob had to run for his life because of the hatred of Esau, but on the way he had an encounter with God and Jacob began to live under the hand of God.
Genesis 28:15, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
B. Be used of God -be a blessing
- When you come to the realization that God will be your Father and will bless you and heal the hurts and wounds of living in a broken world…
- When you have received so much from God, can you not then also be used of God to bless others?
- If you are a father – bless your children with the blessing of a father, but there is a blessing that can come from a mother as well. There is also a blessing of a grandparent that will make a tremendous difference in the life of the grandchildren.
- But we must also realize the importance of being a blessing to those that God puts in our life.
App- What is the blessing that Isaac gave?
Proclamation -- answering the question who am I? … the value of who they are.
Revelation -- answering the question, Where am I headed? …there is a future and a hope.
Sanctification – communicating the importance of the hand of God in their lives.
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Illus – Jewish families believe that they are the chosen of God and convince the children from birth.
- If we don’t understand the power of God in our lives, we will be on the wrong course.
Matthew 22:29, But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.”
Illus – When God had healed my from the wounds of growing up without the blessing of a good father, He allowed me to be used in my father’s life a blessing to him, even to leading him to faith in Christ.
C. Receive the blessing even now
- When Esau came in from hunting game and prepared the dish as Isaac had requested, he came to his father and presented the ‘savory food’ and asked for the blessing.
- Isaac was shocked and trembled violently, “Who was it that came in with savory food and I blessed him? Indeed he will be blessed.”
- Of course they discovered that it was Jacob. He had taken the birthright by conniving and now he had taken the blessing as well by conniving.
- “Do you have a blessing for me? Is it too late?” Esau cried. “It’s too late,” Isaac basically said, “You will have a difficult life. And when you can’t take it anymore you will break his yoke from your neck.”
- This is where the application for us must be understood. You can receive a blessing even now from your father in heaven.
Illus – Last week after the outreach service with Luis Palau, those who responded went into the fellowship hall for prayer, Jordi and I stood at the door to make sure everyone there had the opportunity for prayer without interruption when a young gal came up to us and asked, “Is it too late?”
- Of course it’s not too late. God will bless you even if you asked Him on your death bed.
Illus – Jesus gave a parable of men who were waiting in the square of the city to receive an opportunity to have a job.
Matthew 20:1-16 The laborers in the vineyard.
Illus – Two men were crucified with Jesus, at first both mocked him, but then one made a turn. Instantly he changed direction and corrected the other criminal… and asked for a blessing.
Luke 23:39-43, One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in
- It’s not too late, be blessed of your Father in heaven. Ask Him to be your father and know that He will be with you and will walk with you and will lay His hand on your life and will bless you.
Genesis 27:1-29 NASB
27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said,