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Week 3 Day 2
Birthrights and blessings were important a birthright established position and power within the family it traditionally went to the firstborn male the blessing was a sacred pronouncement from the old to the young
The psychological impact of a blessing would be greatBelieving the blessing could possibly make it come true
Stealing a brother's blessing is a most base form of unethical behavior
Also unfortunate is the attitude of the parents they had favorites his son her son They all needed to learn our sons
This is a story in which nobody seems to winEverybody loses Isaac trembled at the deceit within his household Esau became angry and vengeful Rebekah sent Jacob away and never saw him again Jacob was driven out of his comfort zone.
BIRTHRIGHTS AND BLESSINGS This divided family would not live together in peace. Genesis 27
1Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyeswere so dim that he could not see, he called Esau his olderson and said, "My son." He answered him, "Here I am." 2Then he said, "Behold, I am old. I do not know the day of my death. 3Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me. 4Make me savory food, such as I love, and bring itto me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die." 5Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau hisson. And Esau went to the field to hunt game. 6So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, "Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, 7'Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.' 8"Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to whatI command you. 9Go now to the flock and bring me from theretwo choice kids of the goats, and I will make savory food fromthem for your father, such as he loves. 10Then you shall takeit to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless youbefore his death." 30Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob has scarcely gone out from the presence ofIsaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.31He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father,and said, "Let my father arise and eat of his son's game, that your soul may bless me." 32His father Isaac said to him, "Who are you?" So he said, "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau." 33Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, "Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I have blessed him--and indeed he shall be blessed." 34When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me--me also, O my father!" But he said, "Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing." 36And Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? Forhe has supplanted me these two times. He took away mybirthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!" This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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