Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Tale of Two Brothers Part 3

     Esau, to the grief of his parents, married two women who were the daughters of Heth.  They worshiped idols and did not believe in the God of Heaven.  This was a violation of one of the conditions of the covenant; yet Isaac was still determined to bestow the birthright upon Esau.  Rebekah tried reasoning with him but to no avail.  Nothing could change his mind. 
     Years passed on.  Now stricken with age and the lose of his sight, Isaac was determined that death was near.  Determined to bestow the birthright upon his favorite son without delay he called Esau to his side.  "Go out to the field and take me some venison; make me savory meat, ..... that my soul may bless thee before I die."  So off Esau went with excitement to grant his father's wishes and thoughts of finally obtaining the birthright.  No sooner had he left, Rebekah, overhearing the conversation, purposed in her heart that her husband was going against the Lord's instructions.  She informed Jacob of his father's plans and told him of her own to ensure he would be the beneficiary of his father's blessings and not his brother. 
     At first Jacob was afraid, however his mother assured him if he followed her instructions everything would be okay.  The thought of deceiving his father was very distressing for him and he thought it would bring a curse on him rather than a blessing.  Once more his mother was successful in convincing him circumstances dictated this drastic measure and so he went along. 
     Mother and son had succeeded in their purpose, however, trouble was not far behind.  Though God had declared that 'the elder would serve the younger' His word would have been fulfilled in his own time and had they been patient and waited in faith, God would have worked it out for them. 
     Like many who profess to be God's children, they were unwilling to leave the matter in His hands.  Rebekah bitterly repented the wrong counsel she gave her son; it was the means of separating him from her and she would never see his face again.  From the hour he received the birthright, Jacob was weighed down with self-condemnation.  He had sinned against his father, his brother, his own soul, and against God.  In one short hour he had made work for a lifelong repentance.  This scene was vivid before him in after years, when the wicked course of his own sons oppressed his soul.