Studying through the Gospel Project, we have come to the unique relationship between Jacob and Esau (Gen. 27:1-40).
God is sovereign over all of life, and he will work out his plan of redemption despite and sometimes through our dysfunction. Jacob’s story is a good example of why humanity needs a Savior. Like Jacob, we seek a blessing that is not ours, but we can’t life, deceived, or trick to receive it.
Here are some of my notes:
- This family displays that the message of the Old Testament is not portraying good people but a good God who keeps his promises to unworthy people.
- God’s unmerited love is given to unworthy people.
- What kind of man would sell his birthright for a measly bowl of stew (Gen. 25:29-34)? The kind of man who didn’t need to have it.
- Don’t trade the utmost for the urgent.
- Don’t trade the ultimate for the immediate.
- The good news is that God does not reserve his love for perfect families.
- God works despite our dysfunction.
- The patriarchal blessing conferred the right to rule over the clan.
- Rebekah speaks to “her” son and not “their” son (Gen. 27:6). That is a great depiction of parents playing favorites.
- Her desire for Jacob to be blessed instead of Esau leads her to never see him again (Gen. 28:5; Gen. 35:8).
- God’s plan cannot be undone no matter the degree of sin.
- Favoritism can cause us to do some very divisive things.
- Our desires can serve as justifications for sin.
- Gen. 27:27-29 is basically a restating of the Abrahamic promise (Gen. 12:1-3; 17:1-8; 26:3-5; 28:3-4).
- This promise echoes the land and the blessing but neglects to mention offspring. He speaks to families and nations instead.
- This nation will both bless and rule all the nations.
- Don’t grieve for Esau, learn from Esau.
- Choices cannot be unmade and consequences cannot be avoided.
- Isaac doesn’t reverse his decision because of the importance of keeping one’s word.
- Esau’s tears are from selfishness and not brokenness.
- Heb. 12:16-17 reveals that Esau was sexually immoral and unholy.
- Jacob’s sin came from a desire of the blessing while Esau’s sin came from a disdain of the blessing (Gen. 27:18-25; Gen. 25:29-34).
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.