Genesis 27:39–46 (ESV)
Isaac Blesses Jacob (Part 7)
39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:
“Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your
and away from the dew of heaven on high.
40 By your sword you shall live,
and you shall serve your brother;
but when you grow restless
break his yoke from your neck.”
41 Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The
days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said
to him, “Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran 44 and
stay with him a while, until your brother’s fury turns away— 45 until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from
there. Why should I be bereft of you both in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I loathe my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries
one of the Hittite women like these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?”
Today’s reading wraps up the section on Isaac blessing Jacob. This all came about through deception and jealousy. There is nothing really good about this story except God is working through this sinful act and at the same time, fulfilling
prophecy. The Lutheran Study Bible summarizes all 7 parts in the following. “Deceptive Jacob, scheming Rebekah, unwitting Isaac, and impulsive Esau all fall short of the Lord’s perfect standard. Our hope cannot rest on human nature
or accomplishments. We share in this fallen humanity and often act like these biblical figures. Despite this sorry state, Christ became our substitute. He loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering
and sacrifice to God. He was cursed so we may be blessed (Gal 3:13). Through the means of grace (Gospel and Sacraments), we receive the blessings of Christ’s saving acts.
I pray: Lord, we thank You for providing a salvation that does not rely on our virtue or accomplishments. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009).
The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 59). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.