Jacob & Esau

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1. The phenomenon of obedience – leaving for Canaan 2. The phenomenon of holiness – Abraham and Lot 3. The phenomenon of faith – Abraham and Isaac 4. The phenomenon of intercession – Sodom and Gomorrah 5. The phenomenon of worship – Isaac and Near Sacrifice 6. The phenomenon of guidance – Isaac and Rebecca 7. The phenomenon of provision – Isaac and Abimelech

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Jacob & Esau The Phenomenon of Blessing

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Genesis 27: 1-4 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for his elder son Esau and said to him, ‘My son.’ ‘Here I am,’ he answered. 2  Isaac said, ‘I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3  Now then, get your equipment – your quiver and bow – and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.  4  Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.’

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Setting the Stage 1. Understanding the Blessing oral statements had legal power birthright = bekorah blessing = berakah 2. Stage is set for conflict

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Genesis 27:5-17 5  Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,  6  Rebekah said to her son Jacob, ‘Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,  7  “Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the  Lord  before I die.”  8  Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:  9  go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so that I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.  10  Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.’

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11  Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, ‘But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin.  12  What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.’ 13  His mother said to him, ‘My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.’ 14  So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.  15  Then Rebekah took the best clothes of her elder son Esau, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.  16  She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.  17  Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

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GeT The Plot 1. Rebekah was listening – and scheming 2. Jacob is recruited 3. A clever ruse is devised .

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Ge Genesis 27:18 - 29 18  He went to his father and said, ‘My father.’ ‘Yes, my son,’ he answered. ‘Who is it?’ 19  Jacob said to his father, ‘I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.’ 20  Isaac asked his son, ‘How did you find it so quickly, my son?’ ‘The  Lord  your God gave me success,’ he replied. 21  Then Isaac said to Jacob, ‘Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not .’

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Ge 22  Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, ‘The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.’  23  He did not recognise him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him.  24  ‘Are you really my son Esau?’ he asked. ‘I am,’ he replied. 25  Then he said, ‘My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.’ Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.  26  Then his father Isaac said to him, ‘Come here, my son, and kiss me.’

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Ge 27  So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, ‘ Ah, the smell of my son      is like the smell of a field      that the  Lord  has blessed. 28   May God give you heaven’s dew      and earth’s richness –      an abundance of grain and new wine. 29   May nations serve you      and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed,      and those who bless you be blessed.’

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The Outcome Jacob pulls it off, but… Jacob receives the blessing, but…

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Ge Genesis 27:30-40 30  After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.  31  He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, ‘My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.’ 32  His father Isaac asked him, ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am your son,’ he answered, ‘your firstborn, Esau.’ 33  Isaac trembled violently and said, ‘Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him – and indeed he will be blessed!’

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Ge 34  When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me – me too, my father!’ 35  But he said, ‘Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.’ 36  Esau said, ‘Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? [ a ]  This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: he took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!’ Then he asked, ‘Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?’ 37  Isaac answered Esau, ‘I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?’ 38  Esau said to his father, ‘Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!’ Then Esau wept aloud.

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39   His father Isaac answered him, ‘Your dwelling will be      away from the earth’s richness,      away from the dew of heaven above. 40   You will live by the sword      and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless,      you will throw his yoke      from off your neck.’

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Ge The Consequence No sooner has Jacob left than Esau comes in. Isaac trembles! Who was it that just came in before you? I blessed him and he shall be blessed. Then Esau cries out bitterly Isaac weeps with him. He cannot undo what has been done. It is the opposite of Jacob’s blessing.

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Ge My Story – Looking for a Blessing

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The Blessing – Five Elements 1. Meaningful touch 2. A spoken message 3. Attaching a high value 4. Picturing a special future 5. An active commitment

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Understanding the Blessing It always begins with God and not us It cannot be stolen – but it can be lost. Having the blessing doesn’t guarantee all will be well the rest of your life.

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Ge Conclusion I discovered my blessing Becoming a people who bless seeing and speaking it something prophetic about it it is what we are called to .’

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Conclusion The Phenomenon of Blessing

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The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace

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