The Peach and the Nectarine (Part 1)
“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!”” – Genesis 27:34
Those were the words that came to me, as I prayed for something I have requested of God for more than a decade. Other people have received it; but not me, just like Jacob received the blessing and not Esau.
You know, Jacob and Rachel didn’t trick God. They deceived Isaac and cheated Esau but God was never fooled. In the book of Genesis, a father’s blessing was an honor as well as an expression of the father’s love but it was also clearly considered to be prophetic. Meaning, the words that the head of the family spoke over his children were to some extent informed by God Himself.
And we just said, that even though Isaac didn’t know who he was blessing, God sure did. Maybe this blessing would have been Jacob’s even if he had been blessed second. Maybe, God had an even better blessing in mind but Jacob short-circuited it. I don’t know. But I do know that God was not worried.
He had already promised Rachel the younger child would serve the older – this was guaranteed by God Himself. But that was not good enough for either mother or son. So, they got Isaac’s (and God’s) blessing the way they knew how. We often do this.
We see others getting the blessing we want and so we go get it for ourselves. Even though God has already promised us everything good (study the Psalms, Psalm 34:10, 84:11), we think we can do it better or in a more timely fashion.
Bluntly: We can’t.
Jacob got the blessing – that he had already – and dishonored his God, deceived his father, and, justly, bought his brother’s hate.
Maybe I will just wait for my blessing.
“God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26
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