Esau came to his father for his blessing as the firstborn, from Genesis 27:30-46, commented by ASV

The supplanter

Then Esau came with his food made of his pray and offered it to his father, however Isaac had eaten and said who are you? Moreover, when Esau answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”  Isaac understood it all in a twinkle of an eye; he remembered that when Jacob came out of his mother’s womb he held his hand around the heel of Esau. That was the reason why Isaac and Rebekah called him Jacob, the supplanter, someone who takes the place of another.

The firstborn

Isaac had been wrong all his life, now he saw it, Jacob was the firstborn and was on the line to the blessed seed. It was a war going on inside of Isaac between his spirit of God in him and his flesh, and the flesh lost the battle and then Isaac trembled violently, his flesh surrendered to the will of God and he told Esau the truth, I ate all of it before you came, and I blessed him. Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 

Never saw her again

Esau now hated Jacob and planned to kill him when his father was dead, which he expected to be soon, then after the mourning, he would kill Jacob. Nevertheless, God kept Isaac alive another 43 years. Rebekah heard of Esau’s plans and told Jacob to leave for Haran where her brother Laban stayed with his family.

She advised Jacob to stay there until Esau had forgot about what Jacob did to him, and then she would call for Jacob to come back. However, the situation did not change and Jacob never saw his mother again.

Daughters of Heth

Now however, there was another problem, Rebekah could not send Jacob away without Isaac’s consent. Rebekah used her craftiness and she talked to her blind husband and said, I am tired of living because of the daughters of Heth, If Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

Two nations

Rebekah believed in God’s words given to her when she was pregnant, when the struggle between two people was going on in her womb. The LORD said to her, two nations are in your womb; And the separation of two nations has begun in your body; The one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger.”  Then Rebekah told Isaac that she could as well die if Jacob took wives from the Hittites they were living among, she wanted Isaac to agree with her to send Jacob to Haran to find a wife there where her brother lived. 

Questions

  1. As a believer, how should you find a wife or a husband?
  2. How important is it to listen to God’s word and remember them?
  3. Are our flesh and spirit good friends?

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