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Isaac Lesson 6 – My Way Or God’s Way

(Read Genesis 27:1-10)

Discussion points

  1. The narrator of our text today described Isaac as being old at 137. The covenant of God with his children is that we live to a ripe good old age. (verse 1)
  2. Our times are in God’s hands and only him knows the end from the beginning. At 137 years old, Isaac was now frail with a dim vision and afraid that death was near hence he thought about handing over God’s blessing to Esau whom he favoured but we read that he lived for 43 more years (verse 2)
  3. We must be careful not to resist the plans of God for our lives. Isaac knew what God had said to Rebekah, that the older son would serve the younger, but he decided to resist God’s plan. (verse 3)
  4. If we sow to the flesh, we’ll reap from the flesh. Isaac was bent on bestowing God’s blessings on his eldest son, Esau – irrespective of the fact that he had traded his birth right to the younger brother. His motivation was based on the regular venison that Esau prepares for him. (verse 4)
  5. Isaac is not the model father in this story. He is plotting to do something he knows God doesn’t want. He’s putting his entire family against each other because of this decision. (verses 3-4)
  6. We can conclude that Rebekah’s eavesdropping on Isaac’s plan for Esau was a divine arrangement by God so that his will for Jacob was not derailed. (verse 5)
  7. Manipulation erodes trust. From Isaac to Rebekah and to their two sons, we can see a lot of deception, mistrust, conspiracy, rivalry and division in this family. (verse 6)
  8. Rebekah is not trusting God in this story. She knows what God said, but when she overhears Isaac’s plan, she took matters into her own hands. (verses 6-8)
  9. Born out of haste and desperation, Rebekah hatched up a plan to secure the blessing for her favourite son Jacob. (verse 9)
  10. Do not be deceived, Ill – gotten wealth and blessings always have long term consequences. Rebecca tried to corner her husband to get God’s blessings for Jacob in a manipulative way. (verse 10)

Summary

THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S GRACE

  1. Regardless of what you may have gone through or going through right now, God has the final say, let us hold on to his good plans and promises of a fulfilled life for each and every one of us. (Gen. 15:15, Isaiah 55:11)
  2. Isaac favoured Esau because he was a man’s man and brought venison and game that he enjoyed. He ignored God’s Word and did what he wanted. Friends, the law of sowing and reaping is as true for God’s people as it is for unbelievers. If you live for the pleasures of the flesh, you will reap from the flesh corruption (Gal. 6:7-8). If you live for the things of this world, you may get them, but you’ll be poor before God.
  3. Isaac’s eyes are too dim to see. This is true physically, but I submit it was true spiritually as well. He didn’t see the spiritual consequences of resisting God’s will for the boys. (Genesis 27:2-3)
  4. God knows what is best for our lives and the best thing we can do is to live in agreement with what God says is right. (Proverbs 29:18)
  5. We must always submit our will to the will of God, otherwise we end up as losers. Our purpose is to please God and not people. Isaac favoured Esau and was determined on ignoring the word of God to Rebekah earlier in (Gen. 25:23), He desired to bestow the blessing upon Esau before he dies which was entirely contrary to the will of God. (Pro. 3:6, Job 22:21)
  6. When God says Yes, nobody can say No. It was divine providence that Jacob will get the blessing before his elder brother, Esau. God orchestrated Rebekah to overhear Isaac’s secret plan and heaven interrupted it. (Deut. 11:25)
  7. By strength shall no man prevail. When we trust in our own strength and understanding, we can get desperate when things don’t go as expected. Rebecca’s manipulative plot would eventually lead to hatred, lying and rivalry between the two sons. (Proverbs 6:16-19, Zechariah 4:6)
  8. The importance and power of a father is clearly seen in Isaac’s poor example in this story, his bad decision to go his own way instead of listening to God affected his whole family eventually. Many people struggle in their lives because they lacked the blessing of having a good father, but there is still hope for those who carry these wounds as God, who is the best father anyone can have will be a father to them. (2 Samuel 7:14-15, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
  9. The bible admonishes us to be anxious for nothing. (Philippians 4:6-7) but Rebekah out of desperation hastily schemed up a devious plan to outsmart Isaac and Esau. As Christians, we should understand that if God is not involved in a matter, all our plan will come to nought. (Psalm 127:1).
  10. It is better to submit our will to the will of God because he is the master planner who in spite of our weaknesses and failures will still work out his will with us. God does not need us to help him, Rebekah tried to help God in getting the promised blessing to Jacob. Though she followed her sentiments, her methods and ways were wrong. Always remember that Our God is more than able. (2 Kings 6:27, Job 22:2).

Prayer points

  1. Oh Lord, according to your word, prolong my life and grant me the grace to live a fulfilled life.
  2. Father, open my eyes to the see the bigger picture and not just focus on negativities, remind me of your good plans and promises for me on a daily basis.
  3. Sweet holy Spirit, help me to lean on you for the rest of my life. I need you Lord.
  4. Every plan and purpose of man for my life that is contrary to your will, father, expose them and let them expire as from today.
  5. Oh God of all grace, let your grace cover all my past misdeeds concerning the affairs of my children. Have your way with them Lord.
  6. Lord, help me to be a good example to all my children and grant me the wisdom that I need to bring them up in your way.
  7. Father, let there be perfect love in my home. Help me to love all my children equally and help me to promote genuine love between every member of my family.
  8. Lord, I refuse to be used of the enemy. Let me always be a crusader and an advocate of peace and harmony wherever I go.
  9. Father, by your divine arrangement, intercept and interrupt every evil plan to stop or hinder me, hinder my children or hinder us in FA.
  10. Father, terminate and annul every plan of the enemy to exchange, thwart or manipulate my glory. What is mine is mine, my blessing must not go to another in Jesus name.

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