GENESIS 27:27-29. 39-40
The final blessing of Isaac upon his twin sons was a critical point in the progress of God’s promised blessing upon Abraham and his covenantal descendants. God had already chosen one of the sons to carry on the covenantal line (Gen. 25:23):
GENESIS 27:27-29; 39-40
Isaac Blesses Jacob
“Surely, the smell of my son
Is like the smell of a field
Which the Lord has blessed.
Therefore may God give you
Of the dew of heaven,
Of the fatness of the earth,
And plenty of grain and wine.
Let peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you.
Be master over your brethren,
And let your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
And blessed be those who bless you!”
Isaac Blesses Esau
“Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth,
And of the dew of heaven from above.
By your sword you shall live,
And you shall serve your brother;
And it shall come to pass, when you become restless,
That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
God had already informed Rebekah that the elder, Esau, would serve the younger, Jacob (25:23). Isaac’s blessing of Jacob confirmed God’s choice and his place as the covenantal son. Although Isaac resisted, the details in the biblical text underscore God’s control of the situation and his ability to assure fulfillment of His promises (the account will be discussed in detail tomorrow).
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Isaac blesses Jacob. By James Tissot [PD-US, PD-Art], via The Jewish Museum, New York – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.