bless me?June 11, 2007 at 9:22 am | Posted in Bible, Blessings, Christianity, God's Provision, Mistakes | 3 Comments
First, he schemes to get his brother’s birthright.
One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)
“All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”
But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Genesis 25:29-33
How could Jacob take advantage of his brother’s hunger? Why couldn’t he just give his brother a bowl of soup?
Then, Jacob (with the help of his mother, Rebekah) tricks his father into giving him Esau’s blessing too.
But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”
Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice. First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Genesis 27:35-36
Right after this, Jacob flees for his safety. On his journey, God comes to him in a dream.
As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.
At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” Genesis 28:12-15
God’s message to Jacob wasn’t one of accusation. He wasn’t answering Jacob’s prayers. God came to him unsolicited. He came to bless Jacob and promise to be with him. WHY?
God had a plan and His plan did not depend on Jacob’s ability to earn His blessing. God’s plan was to bless Jacob and his family. Jacob didn’t receive the blessing through trickery but in spite of it. God would have given Jacob the inheritance and He didn’t need their help. Because Jacob and Rebekah took it instead of waiting for God to give it…it came with sorrow and fear. Jacob had to leave his family and flee his brother’s wrath.
A passage in the New Testament helps answer why God chose to come and bless Jacob.
This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins. But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.” In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”
Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses,
“I will show mercy to anyone I choose,
and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”
So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. Romans 9:10-16
This may seem unfair when you first read it, but actually there is good news here. God chooses to bless people despite their actions. Since we all sin, we all deceive, and we are all selfish…we all need God’s mercy.
Do I believe God blesses me and will continue to bless me? Yes! Thank goodness it is from His own choosing and not based on my behavior because I continually fail Him. I will never be good enough to be worthy of His blessings, but I have them anyway.