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Isaac Lesson 7 – Don’t Help God!

(Read Genesis 27:11-21)

Discussion points

  1. Jacob does not fear the Lord or his moral law. His objection of Rebekah’s proposal was simply because he was afraid of being caught in his deception. (v11)
  2. Isaac’s sight failed him in his old age and Jacob knew it would be difficult for him and to distinguish between his sons, but his sense of touch will remove all doubt (v12)
  3. Rebekah was willing to bear the consequences of her plan without consideration for Isaac, Esau, and the Lord. (v13)
  4. Rebekah knew Esau’s routine very well and so chose the right time to conspire against him and deceive Jacob (v14)
  5. Rebekah had access to Esau’s garments, but she chose to abuse it, by disguising Jacob in the robes, though Isaac’s eyes were too dim to see it on him (v15)
  6. People can go to extreme extent to achieve anything they want. Nowadays we see people doing surgeries and different kinds of alteration to their bodies to ‘’make it presentable’’ for vain pleasures. (v16)
  7. Isaac knew Jacob’s craftiness too well so asked ‘’who art thou?’’ – an indication of doubt. He knew the voice was not that of Esau. (v17) Sometimes the Lord may want us to question certain things or wait a bit before deciding though everything looks perfect before us. We must rely on the Holy Spirit for help at such times.
  8. Jacob was too desperate, out of ignorance to obtain a blessing that spiritually belongs to him already. Commanding his father to ‘arise, sit and eat’ without any care for his old age is insensitive and selfish; all he wanted was the pronouncement (v18)
  9. Jacob’s heart was not right, and it led him to sin. He could not call the Lord his own God, but his father’s God, because his conscience condemned him (v20)
  10. Deception is dangerous. It begins with covetousness. We must guide our heart and be contented with whatever God has blessed us with. Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)

Summary

THE BLESSING IS IN YOUR OBEDIENCE

  1. Once Jacob overcame his fear of getting caught in his deception, he was ready to carry it out. He was caught in the web of Rebekah’s devious scheme and manipulations forgetting that it is only God that can truly bestow a blessing. (Proverbs 10:22, Song of Solomon 4:1b; 1 Samuel 9:13).
  2. To have the spirit of discernment is to possess the ability to judge well. We must continue to pray for this gift and exercise it in the church, to prevent distortion of the truth and in our personal and community spaces. (1 Kings 3:9; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 John 4:1)
  3. Rebekah’s conspiracy and deceit will have serious consequences on the future of her children. Many situations in the scriptures seriously warn us of such actions. We must pray against this act as believers for stability and peace. (Nehemiah 4:7-9; Acts 23:12-15)
  4. Rebekah waited for Esau’s absence to plot against him. It is important that we build a genuine and cordial relationship with God to defend, guide and protect us always. (Psalm 23:1-6; Proverbs 3:1-6; Matthew 13:25)
  5. God’s promises will surely come to pass in due season so we should not be in a haste to help God, instead we should work hard, follow spiritual disciplines, consistently pray for divine blessings while waiting on the Word. (Psalm 25:3; Lamentations 3:25; Philippians 4:6-7)
  6. Although Jacob received Isaac’s blessing that day, the deceit plotted by Rebekah caused severe consequences as we would learn in future. (Genesis 29:21-26; 32:24-28)
  7. It is unlawful to deliberately impersonate another person to deceive or exploit them. Jacob obviously does not love Esau, though he called him his brother. Love is kind, does not envy, is not self-seeking and rejoices with the truth. If you truly love someone, you will not exploit them (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Luke 6:31)
  8. We as humans are limited. Isaac wanted to preserve tradition by blessing Esau, the first born and Rebekah wanted to help the prophecy come to pass. (Genesis 25:23). God is the Almighty, Omnipresent and Omniscient. He is Alpha and Omega. All we can do is to put our trust in him, and we shall have peace. (Psalm 25:3a – 5; Isaiah 26:3)
  9. We can conclude that blessing Esau in a family meeting could have saved Isaac the drama in his household. It is important to rely on God and patiently wait on him before making certain decisions in life. (Proverbs 28:25; Proverbs 14:15)
  10. As we approach the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, most especially the current times, we must be aware that the devil will want to impersonate Jesus Christ, so we must be vigilant and refuse to be deceived. (Matthew 24:26-27; Mark 13:22; Revelation 12:12)

Prayer points

  1. Holy Spirit help me to make the right choices always so I can live a life pleasing before God.
  2. Help me Lord not to be self-sufficient and be deceived, grant me understanding to totally trust and depend on you.
  3. Father expose and nullify every act of deception and conspiracy that could cause me trouble.
  4. No matter what lies before me, my Father and Lord, give me the grace to do your will and grant me a discerning spirit.
  5. Father let your light expose every work of darkness around me and lead me into your truth and set me free.
  6. Lord, whatever has been exchanged, manipulated, removed, or stolen from my life, Lord restore it immediately and let your name be glorified.
  7. Father examine me, my family, and friends and chase away every deceiver and impostor before it is too late.
  8. Lord give me grace for godliness, brotherly kindness, unconditional love to keep me from being blind and short-sighted. I will never stumble.
  9. Holy Spirit help me as I wait patiently for the fulfilment of God’s promises in my life.
  10. No power on earth will exchange the garment of glory of all of our children for another in Jesus name.

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