In Genesis chapter 27, Isaac sends Esau for venison. Rebekah instructs Jacob to obtain the blessing. Jacob, pretends to be Esau, obtains it. Esau brings venison. Isaac trembles. Esau complains, and by importunity obtains a blessing. He threatens Jacob’s life. Rebekah disappoints him, by sending Jacob away.
In Genesis chapter 28, Isaac blesses Jacob, and sends him to Pcdan-Aram. Esau marries Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael. Jacob journeys, and has a vision of a ladder. The stone of Beth-el. Jacob’s vow.
In Genesis chapter 29, Jacob comes to the well of Haran. He becomes acquainted with Rachel. Laban entertains him. Jacob covenants for Rachel. He is deceived by Laban with Leah. He marries also Rachel, and serves for her seven years more. Leah bears Reuben; Simeon; Levi and Judah.
Insights and Prayers
Previously Jacob tricked Esau out of the birthright (the spiritual headship of the family), and Jacob stole from Esau the blessing (the financial inheritance of the family). Thus Esau fulfilled the prophecy, “The older will serve the younger” (25:23). To bless someone meant to add value to their lives. Thus Jacob received both spiritual and financial fulfillment.
- Lord, I want to be blessed by You in every area of my life. Add value to all I do, and add value to all I am. Amen.
In this chapter both parents asked their favorite child to do something sneaky. First, Isaac asked his favorite son-Esau-to prepare a venison meal so he could bless his son. God had already predicted His blessing on Jacob, but obstinate Isaac tried to bless his favorite son Esau. Rebekah overheard the conversation and asked Jacob to help her “trick” Isaac into blessing Jacob. Both parents should have yielded their favorite child to God, and sought God’s will in each life.
- Lord, I yield my children to You, and I ask that You accomplish Your plan in their lives. Amen.
When Esau found out Jacob had tricked him twice (27:36), he hated his brother and vowed to kill him. Whereas God created the family to be a place of relationship to encourage and support one another, yet when money is involved, a family will fight and kill each other.
- Lord, thank You for the family into which I was born. Thank You for the good things I got from my father and mother. Thank you for my brother(s) and sister(s). Help me to bless them to fulfill Your will in their lives. May I never do anything revengeful to harm them. Give me a deeper love for each of them. Amen.
Isaac came to his senses and blessed his son Jacob according to God’s plan. Jacob was blessed by the name Almighty, which is El Shaddai.
- Lord, I look to You, the Almighty One, for strength to serve You, and strength to stand against evil in this world. El-Shaddai, bless me. Amen.
Sometimes we pray because we are scared. Jacob was running scared from an angry brother who vowed to kill him. Jacob was all alone in a threatening world and his mother was not there to look out for him. Jacob was heading toward the land of his mother, probably a country he only heard about from his mother. The Lord appeared to Jacob and promised He would be with him and protect him.
- Lord, when I am scared, help me realize You are with me. Protect me physically and spiritually when I can’t protect myself. Amen.
One of our greatest blessings is for God to show us His plan for our life. When we know God’s will for our life, everything we do has purpose. We will plan, we will educate ourselves, we will work, and we will sacrifice to accomplish a goal in life when we know God has a plan for our life.
- Lord, show me Your plan for my life, I will sacrifice to accomplish it, and will work hard to do it. Bless me with a plan for my life so I may bless others. Amen.
Jacob told his Uncle Laban that he would work for seven years as a dowry for the privilege of marrying Rachel. When love and vision become partners, they are powerful forces to motivate us to endure hardships and attempt the impossible. So Jacob spent seven years because of his love for Rachel and his vision for the future.
- Lord, deepen my love for You and give me a vision for serving You, and I will sacrifice everything for You, and attempt the impossible for You. Amen.
Jacob, the trickster, was tricked by Uncle Laban. He switched Leah for Rachel on the wedding night. Then after heated negotiations, Jacob agreed to work another seven years for Rachel (29:27). Why? Because he loved Rachel more than Leah. Don’t we go through many sacrifices because of our love for our spouse, children, or someone we love?
- Lord, show me who/what to love, and deepen my love so I’ll do more for You. But sometimes I’ve loved the wrong person or thing; change my heart and give me love for the right person or thing. Give me a pure love, and motivating love. May I love You first in my life and may I love you wholeheartedly. Amen.
Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah probably because of Rachel’s good looks. But Leah had God’s blessing, Leah gave birth to Judah, the son through who came Jesus the Messiah. Leah was buried next to Jacob (49:31). Rachel was buried where she died, alone beside the road to Bethlehem (35:19).
- Lord, sometime I’ve been blinded by love, and I’ve sought the wrong person or thing. Forgive me. Focus my heart on Your heart. Make me do right even when I love what is not Your will. May I love what You love. Amen.
Source: Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey