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Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
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Rev. Bob Celeste
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Yes, as we will see, Isaac blessed Jacob, but Esau got the goods. Today's thought deals with things of God and things of mammon. The title to today's thought could have been, Isaac gave Jacob the things of God and the things of mammon, but Jacob got the things of God and Esau aka Edom got the mammon.
Let's go look at what I mean.
And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac: And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren:
And the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it be so, why am I thus?" And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(Esau was the older of the two.)
And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:19-28 ACP/KJV)
Now let's look at some facts.
Let's go further:
And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, "Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint": therefore was his name called Edom. (Note that part about Esau being know as Edom. Remember the Edomites?)
And Jacob said, "Sell me this day thy birthright." And Esau said, "Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?" And Jacob said, "Swear to me this day"; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way:
Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:29-34 ACP/KJV)
God had said that Esau, the elder twin, would serve Jacob the younger twin. And here we see that God, by causing Esau to be unsuccessful in his hunt, was so hungry that he sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. But, only the two boys knew about it, for even if Jacob made the claim for the birthright, Esau could have denied it and as you will see, evidently did for Isaac was going to give his blessing, his estate, to Esau, as his birthright of being eldest would have, under normal circumstances, required.
Further more we see that Esau was not exactly a man who put a lot of stock in abiding by his parents wishes: And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.(Genesis 26:34&35 ACP/KJV)
So how does God get the blessing, the things of God into the hands of Jacob? How does He get Isaac to give the things of God to Jacob?
Now read the next chapter carefully a watch what happens, Jacob ends up with the blessing, but Esau ends up with the mammon, even though Isaac gave both to Jacob.
1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, "My son": and he said unto him, "Behold, here am I." 2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: 3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; 4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; 4b that my soul may bless thee before I die. Notice 4b, Issac was on the verge of blessing Esau, further note, Esau hasn't said: "nay my father for I have sold my birthright to Jacob therefore bless him."
5 So Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6,78,9&10 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, "Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, 'Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death'. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death." Rebekah remembered what God had promised, she also knew that she had a part to play in fulfilling God's statement.
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: 12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing."
13 And his mother said unto him, "Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them." verses 11-13 would cause on to assume that Jacob was a bit intimidated maybe even afraid of Esau his brother. But Rebekah knew Gods instruction to her that the younger would rule over the elder.
14 And he(Jacob) went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved. 15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: 17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he(Jacob) came unto his father, and said, "My father": and he said, "Here am I; who art thou, my son?" 19 And Jacob said unto his father, "I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me."
20 And Isaac said unto his son, "How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the LORD thy God brought it to me." 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, "Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not."
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau." 23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him(Jacob). Now here it is obvious God has stepped in, for Isaac, is only partially fooled, he knows the voice is not that of Esau's. But, he accepts that it is Esau and blesses Jacob.
24 And he said, "Art thou my very son Esau?" And he said, "I am". 25 And he said, "Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee." And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, "Come near now, and kiss me, my son."
27,28,&29 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, "See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee." There it is, the eldest bessing upon the younger, just as God said. But also Isaac has given him the mammon, corn, wine, fatness of the earth.
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, "Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me."
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, "Who art thou?" And he said, "I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau." 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, "Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed."
34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father." 35 And he (Isaac) said, "Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing."
36 And he (Esau) said, "Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing." And he said, "Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?"
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, "Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?" 38 And Esau said unto his father, "Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father." And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. 39&40 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, "Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck." Isaac has just reinstaed that Jacob is to rule over him and that Jacob was to get all of Isaacs riches.
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob."
42,43,44,&45 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, "Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away; Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?" A few days? Jacob is gone for over 20 years.
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?"
1. And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, "Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; 4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham."
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother (Genesis 27:1-46 and 28:1-5 ACP/KJV)
So, Isaac blessed Jacob, giving him not only the blessing of God but also all of his earthy possessions. God only promised Rebekah that Jacob would rule over Esau, that he would have the Godly blessing. So God arranges it so that Jacob get's the blessing of God, but because of the way he got it Jacob had to run for his very life, leaving all the mammon behind. Now who do you think got the mammon possessions? Esau, for who else would Isaac have turned them over too since Jacob was gone?
The importance of this message is summed up by Jesus in these few words: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
God created the universe, therefore He owns the universe, therefore why do you hold onto and worship things you can not possibly own? Stop worrying about things of this world, turn them back over to God, He owns them anyhow. Ever heard the song "I'll Surrender All"? What is it that God wants you to surrender to Him? Your gold? Your silver? Your land and holdings? NO!, He already owns those things. What He wants you to surrender to Him is you. Put your faith and trust in Him, rely upon Him.
Father in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, forgive our sins, protect us from the evil one, his minions and his ilk, and help us to surrender all to You. In Jesus name , Amen.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
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