Blameless, righteous and walked in God’s ways
Isaac, the promised son whom God loved dearly was blameless, righteous and walked in God’s ways.
Before the twins were born God told Rebekah , “Two nations are in your womb, one will be stronger than the other and older will serve the younger” Genesis 25:23.But Isaac loved Easu.
At the age of 132 years Isaac was loosing his sight even though all his other senses were good. He thought his death time was nearing. Without asking God’s councel he decided to pass the Blessings given to him and Abraham (Genesis 26:2-5)to his elder son Esau ,which was against God’s plan.But Bible says he died at the age of 180( Genesis 35:28).
His sense of touch was good , he touched Jacob to feel the hairy skin of Esau, but he was cheated . He could hear well , he recognized that the voice was Jacob’s. He could taste the delicious food prepared and when he kissed Jacob he caught the smell of Esau’s clothes.
If we are spiritually blind , if we take decisions without the councel of Holy Spirit we will be deceived even though all other senses are functioning normally.
We shall pray to our Lord to light our spiritual eyes to strengthen the inner person in each of us and heal us from the blindness caused by our sins.
Dr. Thara George.
Blessing of Abraham
After Abraham’s death, the blessing of Abraham was transferred to his son Issac, Genesis 25:11. Although Isaac’s wife was childless, yet when Issac prayed, God answered and gave him 2 sons, Jacob and Esau, vs 24-26. They waited 20 years before they got these children! Could it be possible that many a time, we are complacent about our problematic situations and wait in hopeful anticipation for situations to change on their own, and it is only when they come to their extreme limits that we actually begin seeking God earnestly, in faith, for an answer to those problems?
Let us realise our error on this account and begin to pray right at the inception, for a God-desired solution to any of the problems that we face, for we are exhorted to be sober, and watchful for the purpose of prayer, 1 Peter 4:7.
Issac was a peaceable man, but disregard for his wife’s prophetic gifting and a spirit of favoritism towards Esau on account of his love for fresh game, vs 27,28, brought about a spiritual blindness upon him, as well as, a rift between him and his wife and a spirit of strife between his sons! This peaceable nature Issac exhibited very well in dealing with outsiders when they cheated him many times, over the matter of ‘stealing his wells’, Genesis 26, and they Lord blessed and prospered him greatly as a result, vs 28,29. However, he failed miserably when it came to settling matters between himself and his wife and between his sons, as well as, did not seem to have a say in the marriage of his son Esau, vs 34,35.
Often a man’s success in the workplace and among society can make him complacent about settling matters in his family! In Issac’s case this was because a spiritual blindness set in because of his love for tasty game! Thus we see that love for food can be a cause for stumbling, even as it was in the garden of Eden! This resulted in serious consequences and caused his wife to tutor their son Jacob to steal Esau’s blessing in a deceitful manner, Genesis 27:35, eventually resulting in Esau planning to kill Jacob after his father’s death, vs 41. This forced Rebekah to suggest to Issac that Jacob should be sent off to get a wife for himself from among her relatives, vs 46, and to which Issac understandingly consented, Genesis 28: 1,2. Was it necessary for Issac to wait till calamity struck before he would listen to the voice of his wife when she spoke in line with God’s prophetic Word?
In Genesis 28, we once again see the blessing of Abraham being transferred to Jacob, and God meets with him in a dream, as Jacob sets out in obedience to his parents to find himself a wife from among his mother’s relatives, and has a zeal to inherit spiritual blessings, vs 16. In return for provision, protection and safe return to his father’s home, Jacob gladly agrees to give a tenth of his earning to God, vs 22, just like his ancestor Abraham did on being given a prophetic word by Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God, Genesis 14:18,20.
This story teaches us that ancestral blessing does have a place in our lives, but will do us no good if we are deaf to the voice of the prophetic voice of God and are unwilling to follow its direction, on account of food or some other inordinate attachment of earthly consequence! If we insist on sacrificing the spiritual for the earthly, then though we are blessed because of our ancestors, yet we will have to reap the consequences of our carnal decisions to our own hurt!