Understanding God’s Promises

Whenever I think of Isaac, I think of the young boy who Abraham took up the mountain willing to sacrifice. Thankfully, we know that story ended well; that God provided another sacrifice at the perfect time. Isaac lived.

When Isaac grew up, he married a woman named Rebekah. Soon after they married, Rebekah became pregnant with twins.

First comes Esau. Then Jacob is right behind him holding on to Esau’s heel. (Genesis 25)

We know they have already been fighting in the womb, and now we have this perfect image of them fighting over who gets to come out of the womb first.

We see in Genesis 25 that Isaac loved Esau (the first born) and Rebekah loved Jacob (the heel grabber).

God made this very significant covenant with Abraham, and told him that his covenant would start with Isaac. That meant that Isaac’s children would also play a significant role in carrying out the covenant.

We have already talked about how first born children are natural family heirs. In this case, Esau was the first born, so he was the natural family heir. Since God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations with many descendants and the land of Canaan, that means this promise will be fulfilled through his family.

Esau doesn’t seem to grasp the importance of all that has been promised from God through his unique family line. He gets hungry one day and sells Jacob his birthright for a bowl of soup. A bowl of soup. He could have had inherited the land of Canaan and continued God’s inheritance through his family. But he chose a bowl of soup.

It seems so silly when we look at it. Why would Esau do this? God promised to do so many things through him. God chose him to be the first born. Yet, he took it for granted and give his birth rights to Jacob- just because he was hungry.

Do we understand all that God has promised us?

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, through he sought it with tears.” Hebrews 12:16-17

Esau didn’t care about what God had given him or promised him. Since he sold his sold his birthright, he was deemed unholy.

Jacob wasn’t completely innocent in getting his father to bless him instead of Esau. Isaac was becoming old and couldn’t see well. Jacob disguised himself as Esau and went to Isaac and tricked him into blessed him. Isaac said to Jacob:

“Let the peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.” Genesis 27:29

Jacob understood what was being promised to his family. He went after it.

Are we chasing after God’s promises?

This covenant started with Abraham, and it will ultimately be fulfilled by Jesus. Do we understand all the promises God has made to us through the birth of Jesus?

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