Genesis 27:30–38 (ESV)
Isaac Blesses Jacob
soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father.
And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn,
Esau.” 33 Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 As
soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully,
and he has taken away your blessing.” 36 Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he
said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I
have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
The truth is now reviewed to Isaac and Esau. The deception has come to an end and has now been revealed. While the Lord does not approve of
sin, He works even through human frailty to carry out His gracious will. The blessing stands and there is an even bigger rift between the brothers, and a heart broken father. Luther writes about the blessing: “Jacob’s blessing includes
the three hierarchies: the domestic, the royal, and the priestly. For the purpose of administering these three he also gives him the goods of the world. In the state he has the rule and government among the people; in the church he has the stewardship of the
forgiveness of sins and of eternal life” (AE 5:155).
I pray: O Lord, we see the hurt and pain
from Jacob’s deception along with Esau and Isaac’s pain. Help us to do what is right Forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Amen.