Genesis 27* Isaac sends Esau for venison. (1-5) Rebekah teaches Jacob toobtain the blessing. (6-17) Jacob, pretending to be Esau,obtains the blessing. (18-29) Isaac's fear, Esau's importunity.(30-40) Esau threatens Jacob's life, Rebekah sends Jacob away.(41-46)1-5 The promises of the Messiah, and of the land of Canaan, hadcome down to Isaac. Isaac being now about 135 years of age, andhis sons about 75, and not duly considering the Divine wordconcerning his two sons, that the elder should serve theyounger, resolved to put all the honour and power that were inthe promise, upon Esau his eldest son. We are very apt to takemeasures rather from our own reason than from Divine revelation,and thereby often miss our way. 6-17 Rebekah knew that the blessing was intended for Jacob, andexpected he would have it. But she wronged Isaac by putting acheat on him; she wronged Jacob by tempting him to wickedness.She put a stumbling-block in Esau's way, and gave him a pretextfor hatred to Jacob and to religion. All were to be blamed. Itwas one of those crooked measures often adopted to further theDivine promises; as if the end would justify, or excuse wrongmeans. Thus many have acted wrong, under the idea of beinguseful in promoting the cause of Christ. The answer to all suchthings is that which God addressed to Abraham, I am GodAlmighty; walk before me and be thou perfect. And it was a veryrash speech of Rebekah, "Upon me be thy curse, my son." Christhas borne the curse of the law for all who take upon them theyoke of the command, the command of the gospel. But it is toodaring for any creature to say, Upon me be thy curse. 18-29 Jacob, with some difficulty, gained his point, and gotthe blessing. This blessing is in very general terms. No mentionis made of the distinguishing mercies in the covenant withAbraham. This might be owing to Isaac having Esau in his mind,though it was Jacob who was before him. He could not be ignoranthow Esau had despised the best things. Moreover, his attachmentto Esau, so as to disregard the mind of God, must have greatlyweakened his own faith in these things. It might therefore beexpected, that leanness would attend his blessing, agreeing withthe state of his mind. 30-40 When Esau understood that Jacob had got the blessing, hecried with a great and exceeding bitter cry. The day is coming,when those that now make light of the blessings of the covenant,and sell their title to spiritual blessings for that which is ofno value, will, in vain, ask urgently for them. Isaac, when madesensible of the deceit practised on him, trembled exceedingly.Those who follow the choice of their own affections, rather thanthe Divine will, get themselves into perplexity. But he soonrecovers, and confirms the blessing he had given to Jacob,saying, I have blessed him, and he shall be blessed. Those whopart with their wisdom and grace, their faith and a goodconscience, for the honours, wealth, or pleasures of this world,however they feign a zeal for the blessing, have judgedthemselves unworthy of it, and their doom shall be accordingly.A common blessing was bestowed upon Esau. This he desired. Faintdesires of happiness, without right choice of the end, and rightuse of the means, deceive many unto their own ruin. Multitudesgo to hell with their mouths full of good wishes. The greatdifference is, that there is nothing in Esau's blessing whichpoints at Christ; and without that, the fatness of the earth,and the plunder of the field, will stand in little stead. ThusIsaac, by faith, blessed both his sons, according as their lotshould be. 41-46 Esau bore malice to Jacob on account of the blessing hehad obtained. Thus he went in the way of Cain, who slew hisbrother, because he gained that acceptance with God of which hehad rendered himself unworthy. Esau aimed to prevent Jacob orhis seed from having the dominion, by taking away his life. Menmay fret at God's counsels, but cannot change them. To preventmischief, Rebekah warned Jacob of his danger, and advised him towithdraw for his safety. We must not presume too far upon thewisdom and resolution, even of the most hopeful and promisingchildren; but care must be taken to keep them out of the way ofevil. When reading this chapter, we should not fail to observe,that we must not follow even the best of men further than theyact according to the law of God. We must not do evil that goodmay come. And though God overruled the bad actions recorded inthis chapter, to fulfil his purposes, yet we see his judgment ofthem, in the painful consequences to all the parties concerned.It was the peculiar privilege and advantage of Jacob to conveythese spiritual blessings to all nations. The Christ, theSaviour of the world, was to be born of some one family; andJacob's was preferred to Esau's, out of the good pleasure ofAlmighty God, who is certainly the best judge of what is fit,and has an undoubted right to dispense his favours as he seesproper, #Ro 9:12-15|.
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