ESAU & JACOB
27:1-40. Deception of father and brother by Jacob and Rebekah.
27:41. Hatred of Esau.
27:42-46. Departure of Jacob to Padam-aram.
(God made a covenant with father Abraham, and that covenant was passed on to Isaac; then in Genesis 25 it stated that Esau had so little respect for that birthright that he sold it to Jacob for a some "red pottage". Later when Rebekah was told that Isaac was about to personally pass that birthright on to Esau, we will see that she tricked Isaac into thinking that Jacob was Esau, and by placing lamb skins over Jacob, and fixing Isaac a meal the way that Esau would prepare for his father, Isaac blessed Jacob instead of Esau.
We must also keep in mind that there is a parallel between this book of Genesis and the book of Revelation. In the book of Genesis we are studying relationships between God's promises to men, while in the book of Revelation these men's generations have grown into nations. We can see today that their nations act toward God, and other men in the same manner that their patriarchs did thousands of years prior.
Esau has just married two Hittite woman, and Isaac and Rebekah are very disappointed in Esau for for having so little respect for God's plan. Naturally this would eliminate Esau from having the Christ lineage come through Esau, under any condition. This is the reason that God states both in Malachi 1:3, and Romans 9:13 that "I hated Esau.", even when he was in his mother's womb. God knew the type of person Esau was.
We will see here in chapter twenty seven the weakness of Isaac's flesh, and the fact that both Isaac and Esau have forgotten that Esau has not only sold that birthright, but that his father has also passed that birthright on to Jacob.)
Genesis 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old,
(About 137 years - same age as his brother Ishmael died at. He recovered and lived 43 years longer, cp. 35:28.)
and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, "My son:" and he said unto him, "Behold, here am I."
2 And he said, "Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
(In 25:29 Esau missed his venison and lost his birthright. Was he now to miss it again and loose his blessing?)
4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die."
(He must have heard that He was to bless Jacob, for it came by "faith" he ultimately did so - Heb. 11:20, and it came by "hearing" - Rom. 10:17. "The will of the flesh" made him wish to bless Esau - cp. v.4 with 25:28. But his faith in the end overcame "the will of the flesh" in him.)
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, "Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 'Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.'
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
(Remember that God had spoke to Rebekah years earlier, while Esau and Jacob were just infants in Rebekah's womb, saying the younger would serve the older, and be greater the the older [Genesis 25:23]. "Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."
Two manner of people means they will be different even in the way they think and act, not just as the two men, but in the way their nations can be trusted. It is God's will that Jacob get the blessings bestowed upon Abraham. It will be from these two men, that the two super powers of the end times comes.
When we look at the Russian people down through the centuries, including today, we see a people that have struggled to survive. Their leaders don't seem to know how to manage either the people or their resources, and even today they come to the world leaders as nothing more than beggars. Though they can convince small heathen nations of their strengths, in reality, they can not even feed their own people.
Were not talking about the Russian people individually, but the nation and it's form of government on the whole. It doesn't matter that they call themselves a democracy, for in reality, things and attitudes toward God are similar to the past. the leaders are the same. There is a continuation in their frame of mind which remains the same. God placed Esau [Russia] in that location, and because of that location they will never be able to prosper through agriculture. All their five and ten years plans have failed, even though certain years have been good.
So we see that God's word has become reality, and in God's placement geographically of Jacob [the United States, and Europe] and Esau [Russia]. God revealed His wishes to Rebekah, and the trickery of Rebekah to have Isaac bless Jacob, is according to the will of God. It seems that Isaac has forgotten that Esau has sold the birthright to Jacob, and in that Esau is showing his lack of honesty and character. Esau is ready to cash in on the blessing that now belongs to Jacob. In fact Esau is not even in the position to receive the blessing, for now he has two Hittite wives, and their is no way that the Christ child can be born into the lineage of Esau, with the pollution that has entered into the bloodline of his children, with the Nephilim and Kenite heritage mixing with the Hittites.)
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death."
(Jacob has a problem with this arrangement.)
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
(The word "Esau" means "hairy", so we see that we have two manners of people. It will not be difficult to tell the two brothers apart, and this also has a deeper spiritual meaning.)
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing."
13 And his mother said unto him, "Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them."
(Rebekah knew God's promise, and trusted in the Lord that He would carry out the promise that He gave her in the vision, that older would serve the younger. In knowing this promise, she had no doubts as to the outcome. So we see that the younger, Jacob, will receive the blessings. God, Himself, uses covert actions to out smart Satan. Satan's methods of tripping up mankind is through the minds of people. Though we are to be peaceful as a dove, we also are to be wiser then the serpent, who is Satan.)
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.
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:
(Goodly = desired clothing. All clothing in the East to this day marks the social rank and position of the wearer. Among the Bedouins, the chief and his eldest son wear a distinctive garment. This accounts for Jacob's desire here, and his act with Joseph 37:3. Being the garment of the firstborn it doubtless denoted also his official and priestly position. Here used of sacred things. Not the word rendered clothes in Deut. 29:5. No wonder Esau is called "profane" when he sold his birthright. Cp. Heb. 12:16)
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he came unto his father, and said, "My father:" and he said, "Here am I; who art thou, my son?"
19 And Jacob said unto his father, "I am Esau thy first born;
(Said perhaps because he bought the birthright. Covert action.)
I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me."
(Isaac is about to get some goat meat passed off as venison, and the old man won't know the difference. And in the end times, in a religious sense, a lot of people will also get goat meat passed off to them for their spiritual food, and likewise, they won't know the difference either. They will take the wrong meat, because they have not applied the word of God in their lives, and in their churches.
Jacob was willing, and knew it rightly belonged to him, for Esau had sold his birthright to him, and now Jacob is doing what is necessary to receive what is rightly his.)
20 And Isaac said unto his son, "How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the LORD thy God brought it to me."
(This is not a lie by Jacob, for the Lord God had already spoken to Rebekah while the children were still in her womb. It was the Lord God Almighty that had allowed Rebekah to overhear the conversation between Isaac and Esau, and it was the Lord God Almighty through the Holy Spirit that caused her to instruct Jacob on the manner of what should be done. This is a extremely sacred thing that will be preformed here, and God will not let Isaac's old age and physical handicaps, and memory interfere with His overall plan and promise of the coming Messiah.
This event causes conflict in many churches, for it goes against their teachings and traditions, and puts God's will over man's imperfections. They look at the wrong being done here by Jacob, instead of Isaac, and this is understandable for they simply have lost focus on what the blessing is all about, and why it was important that the blessing NOT be passed on to Esau.)
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."
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."
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.
(So it was, the blessing of the first born was passed to Jacob, as God had said to Rebekah in Genesis 25:23; "Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.")
24 And he said, "Art thou my very son Esau?" And he said, "I am."
25 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.
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, "Come near now, and kiss me, my son."
(It must have been at this point that Isaac's faith overcame "the will of the flesh", and made him resolve to bless Jacob, in spite of it.)
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 the LORD hath blessed:
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
(Usually combined with "corn" for all liquids. Your land will always produce. We [U.S. and the Americas are descendants of Jacob. This great nation produces so much food that our very farmers, the life blood of the nation, are criticized and penalized. Because of the gift of God and the blessing of this nation with the waving fields of pottage [grain]. See v. 38.)
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."
(This is exactly the way it is with the "House of Israel". When Russia, Cuba, the Nazis, and all nations that cursed the United States and England, their nations are cursed by God with all of those curses that are listed in Deuteronomy 28. Apply those curses to any nations that curse Israel [the 10 Northern tribes, not the house of Judah [the 2 Southern tribes], and you can see that God does keep his word. This is not written to the "House of Judah" [the Jews], but to the "House of Israel" the "sons of the Living God".)
30 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.
31 And he also had made savoury 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."
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, "Who art thou?" And he said, "I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau."
(Esau still claims what he sold.)
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly,
(This was not from doubt, or from the discovery [now made vv.26,27], but on account of the difficulty into which it had brought him with a man of Esau's temperament.)
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."
34 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."
(Esau knew he had sold that birthright, and he thought he could get away with something that was not rightfully his. As we observe the Russian nation, we can see the same character of their leaders, as that of Esau. Russia of today appears to the world to have been reduced to a beggar nation, as she cries for "peace, peace", yet we see in Ezekiel 38, and 39 that God still has a use for Russia, and in the end it will be God, and not the United States, the United Nations, or any other force that will crush the Russians and their allies. And it will be God that gets the praise.)
35 And he said, "Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing."
36 And he said, "Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times:
(Jacobed or over-reached me. See note on 25:25 & 32:28. "Jacob", in the Hebrew tongue means "Heel grabber", the "supplanter".)
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?"
(This "blessing" is the "it" of Heb. 12:17.)
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, "Behold, I have made him thy lord,
(A mighty man to you, fulfilled in 2 Sam. 8:14.)
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?"
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.
(See Heb. 12:17, but could not change his father's mind.
What is wrong with Esau here? Is Esau lifting up his voice and weeping before God in repentance? No. He is whimpering like a whipped puppy. He is begging to his father for a handout, rather then telling God that he is sorry that he married out of his own people, and thought no more of the blessings of God, then a bowl of pottage for an empty stomach. There is no repentance, nor is there any thought of anything of spiritual value. Does Esau even speak to God? No! Not then, nor his offspring in this present generation.)
39 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;
(Jacob had already received the blessings "of" the fatness of the earth or the land-v.28. Esau's was to be far from it, in the desert; and so it was. Look at where Russia is today geographically above the 50th parallel, land won't produce well. Rusians are descendants of Esau. And look what happened in 1917, the church doors were nailed shut. See the book of Obadiah for this curse [primitive].)
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother;
(See 1 Sam. 14:47, 2 Sam. 8:14, 2 Kings 8:20, and cp. 1 Kings 22:47. From this point in time to our current day, Esau [the Edomites, or Russians] are on their own. This will continue until Christ's return at the seventh trumpet, and they are slaughtered in the valley of Hamon-gog.)
and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck."
41 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;
(Isaac mistaken, vv.1,2. Esau mistaken here.)
then will I slay my brother Jacob."
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.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
(See 11:31. Frontier town Charan devoted to the moon-god. Rebekah was a very wise woman, and kept her ear open for what was going on. When she heard what Esau had said, she immediately warned Jacob. Esau is in a rage and he has threatened to kill Jacob. She made it her business to know the latest information, and God used Rebekah more in keeping the bloodline pure then He did Isaac. Mother Israel, Rebekah, made certain that God's word was kept, and the promises of father Abraham would continue.)
44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;
(Rebekah mistaken, for Jacob was there 20 year.)
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?"
(This goes back Genesis 9:6; "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man." So if Esau took Jacob's life, then the kinsman redeemer of Jacob would have to take Esau's life in that same day. There were no long trials and appeals to delay the process, as in the Kenite courts of today.)
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth:
(Refers to Esau's wives, see 26:34,35.)
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?"
(Rebekah is calling Isaac's attention to the fact that if Jacob takes a wife as Esau did then she will consider her life a failure. She knows why it is important for Jacob to get the right wife, and for Jacob not to do so will be to fail God. Rebekah is determined that Jacob marry within their own people, and not of the heathen race of the Hittites [Heth]. Though Esau had no respect for the laws of marrying kind after kind, Rebekah knew and respected all of God's laws.
She knew that Christ would come through this lineage, and that it must be kept pure. This became her excuse and reason for sending Jacob away, and protecting her son. This is also Satan again trying to destroy the woman's seed that the Christ child would be born to. This is but another attempt. The first was when Eve was "wholly seduced" by Satan in the Garden of Eden. and from that seduction came "Cain". The offspring of "Cain" are called the Kenites. Following the murder of half brother Abel, Seth was born to continue the lineage.
Then in Chapter six, we see the fallen angels [sons of God] came to earth and married the daughters of men. From them came the Nephilim or Giants. The flood of Genesis seven [Noah's flood] was to destroy the polluted masses of half bread humanity, for of all the people of the earth, only Noah and his family were of a pure pedigree in their lineage.
So we see Rebekah is fully aware of God's laws, and the reason that it is important for Jacob to take a wife of their own family.