Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 11, 2022

“For they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD, And their descendants with them.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 27:46 to Genesis 28:9.  Here is a link to the Scripture in Genesis chapter 28 that I am not quoting –

I quote only the following verses.

“46 Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am tired of living because of the daughters of Heth;  if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these, from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.  2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father;  and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.  3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.  4 May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham.”  5 Then Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.”  Genesis 27:46 to Genesis 28:5.   


Why was Isaac so eager to bless Jacob again so quickly? This question arises, because of the following considerations. First, at least in the beginning Isaac apparently favored Esau more than Jacob. Second, Jacob had deceived Isaac. Third, Isaac had recently already blessed Jacob so fully.

We remember:   “Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.”  Genesis 25:28, and we remember that Jacob, by deception, obtained Isaac’s blessing that Isaac had intended to go to Esau.  Isaac said to Esau:  “… “Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.”  Genesis 27:35.

Here are some questions that may lead to possible reasons why Isaac was so eager to bless Jacob again so quickly.

Did Esau’s wives take away at least some of the prior favor that Isaac had toward Esau so he was willing to bless Jacob again?  Not only do we have verse 46 above in today’s Scripture, we remember the prior Scripture:  “When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;  and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.”  Genesis 26:34-35. 

Did Isaac’s violent trembling reaction at being deceived (see Genesis 27:33) naturally subside like Rebekah said (see Genesis 27:44) Esau’s anger toward Jacob would subside? 

Did a natural fatherly concern and love and desire to bless his children combine to overwhelm Isaac’s emotions for a son who was being sent away?

Did God cause it to happen? We remember that when Isaac sent Esau out to hunt game and Jacob deceived Jacob by presenting food that Rebekah had prepared, “Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he (Jacob) said, “Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me.” Genesis 27:20.

“They will not labor in vain,
Or bear children for calamity;
For they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD,
And their descendants with them.
” Isaiah 65:23.

It maybe be one or more of these reasons, or even different reasons, why Isaac so blessed Jacob in today’s Scripture. In any event, here are two hopes upon which we can meditate from today’s Scripture.  

First, there is deep love and tender care that parents give to their children even though their children may disappoint them at times.  “But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.  Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.”  1 Thessalonians 2:7-8.  

Second, more generally, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:28-30.


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