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Isaac Lesson 10 – Unequal Yoke

(Read Genesis 28:1-9)

Discussion Points

  1. Isaac finally submitted to the will of God. Come what may, the will of God will always prevail whether we like it or not. (Verse 1)
  2. Despite Jacob’s scheming and deceit to steal Esau’s blessings, Isaac called him and confirmed the blessing upon his life. Blessings from parents are very important and have some supernatural power (verse 1).
  3. Being now declared the heir of the promised land, it was proper Jacob should marry. Therefore, Isaac charged him accordingly not to marry women of Canaanites just as his own father Abraham did. (Verse 1)
  4. Isaac knew that this son, whom the blessings of God would flow through, should not be unequally yoked with these worldly women (verse 1)
  5. We can see how Isaac prophesied into the life of Jacob. All these prophesies were fully fulfilled in his life.  God blessed him, made him fruitful and increased his numbers until he became a nation (verse 3).
  6. There was a divine transfer of covenant. Abraham’s covenant with God was transferred to Jacob from that point forward (verse 4).
  7. At a crucial point in his life when he did not know what to do, Jacob received important advice and directions from his father as to his next step of action (verse 5).
  8. Esau led a carefree life and took some actions without knowing the full gravity at the time (verse 6-8).
  9. Unlike Jacob who is setting out in faith and taking with him the word of God, Esau looks in the wrong direction for restoration. (verse 6-8)
  10. Esau realised too late his mistake for disobeying his father by marrying a Canaanite woman but his attempt of restitution by marrying his cousin came too late (verse 9).

Summary

GOD’S GRACIOUS BLESSINGS

  1. Isaac called Jacob and blessed him having resigned himself to what he knew was the Lord’s will all along – that the older would serve the younger and that Jacob, not Esau, would receive the birthright (Genesis 25:23). In life, we have to overcome our disappointment to the will of God (1 Thessalonian 5:18).
  2. Isaac charged Jacob not to take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. It is very key that Jacob does not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan, as his brother Esau did. Jacob was the one to inherit the birthright and carry on the seed of the Messiah (Daniel 12:10).
  3. Isaac blessed Jacob in the name of God Almighty, that is, El Shaddai. He pronounced a general blessing of prosperity and specific blessing of Abraham upon Jacob for him to carry on God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 1:7, 15:8, 17:7-8).
  4. The blessing of God is dependent on our obedience, For Jacob, Isaac blessed him and charged him to marry right which he completely obeyed. Children should be obedient to their parents in all things lawful according to the commandment of God. (Ephesians 6:1, Exodus 20:12)
  5. Esau’s life choice of wife grieved his parents (Genesis 26:34-35) but Jacob listened to his father’s commandment not to marry among the Canaanite which is also in line with God’s commandment and this pleased his parents. Scriptures made it clear that we must not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. (Genesis 28 verse 2, 2 Corinthians 6:14)
  6. Jacob inherited the blessings of land, nations and posterity despite him not deserving those blessings. This is God’s way of exercising his gracious mercies and absolute sovereignty (Romans 9:15).
  7. This was also a difficult period for Isaac yet he put his absolute faith in God to help Jacob in his journey to Padanaram (Jeremiah 17:7).
  8. Esau was a rebellious son, anything that displeased his parents was what he was interested in doing. He was always gratifying the desires of the flesh even in marriage. (1Samuel 15:23)
  9. No sinner would go unpunished. For his dishonesty, Jacob had to flee from Esau thus he never saw his mother again and only saw his father again when he was about to die (Proverbs 11:21).
  10. God chose Jacob over Esau. God is always looking for who can best fulfil his purposes regardless of social standing. As Christians, we should put our spiritual assignments first (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Prayer Points

  1. Despite Jacob’s sin, Isaac still blessed him. Father, please forgive us all our sins and bless us together with our families and all members of FA in Jesus name.
  2. Lord, direct and channel the course of the lives of our youths and young adults in FA. Help them to walk in your will in all things and choose for them.
  3. Father cancel all delays and let your prophesies be fulfilled in our lives without fail.
  4. Father, help us at every point of our lives. For every journey remaining in this 2020, we need your help lord.
  5. As there was a divine transfer of Abram’s covenant to Jacob, father transfer you covenant of long life, prosperity and divine help (etc.) to us at FA in Jesus mighty name.
  6. Esau realised his mistakes too late, father voice of regret would not he heard in our homes in Jesus name.
  7. Father, please send us the in-filling of your Spirit to teach us what to do and bring all your instructions into our remembrance.
  8. Esau was rebellious, O Lord, arise and terminate every spirit of rebellion that may be operating in my life or in the life of any of my children right now.
  9. Any battle that may want to separate me from my children prematurely, Lord fight and win for me now.
  10. Father, make me fruitful and multiply me in all good things. Bring me and my household into your favour this end of the year.

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