Monday, October 10, 2011

Say It!


I love reading the Bible. Everytime I think I may know a story inside out, I see another side to the story. I am pretty sure that the stories also mean different things at different times in our lives. I promise you that the Bible looks completly different after getting married, just to name an example.

This particular morning I woke up, did some excercises, brewed the coffee and opened my droid to start my daily reading plan. One of the tricks to understanding what everything means is learning to read with an eastern mindset. Reason being because the Bible was written in Eastern culture. It's one of the perks to God picking Israel as His chosen nation.

I was reading in Genesis 27 concerning a pair of fraternal twins, Esau and Jacob. There is so much here that I could write about but I simply wanted to write about the inspiration/provacation that I read this morning. Here is the story: Isaac, the father of Esau and Jacob is about to die. Esau came out of the womb first so he is the first born child who will receive all the blessing from his father before he dies. Rebekah, the mother of Esau and Jacob heard a word from God before birth that the youngest would receive all the blessing and inheritance.

Justin Limmer being blessed by Father's and set in as an
Elder of Restoration Church
So when Isaac calls Esau in, he tells him to go and catch to wild game and cook it for him and Isaac would bestow the blessing upon him. Rebekah takes Jacob and dresses him up in Esau's clothes and makes some food and goes into Isaac to receive the blessing that was supposed to go to Esau. Here is what Isaac said to bless Jacob:

28 May God give to you— from the dew of the sky and from the richness of the land — an abundance of grain and new wine. 29 May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers; may your mother's sons bow down to you. Those who curse you will be cursed, and those who bless you will be blessed.

In American church, if someone walks up to us and says something of blessing, prophetically or otherwise, we are very grateful, but often don't remember everything that was said. When Esau came back and found out what happened, he begged Isaac to bless him as well. Isaac said something astounding:

37 But Isaac answered Esau: "Look, I have made him a master over you, have given him all of his relatives as his servants, and have sustained him with grain and new wine. What then can I do for you, my son?"

Isaac said that he gave him everything. We might think, "What's the big deal, just take back what you said because you were deceived and give it to the man who really has the right to it." But Isaac said I have nothing left for you. He had declared a blessing that in all their minds was signed sealed without revocation.

The blessing of God in our lives is permanent as if it has already happened. In Esau's mind now, Jacob is now his master because his father said. In Jacob's mind, he is now blessed and nothing can take that away from him. Anyone who would wish him harm is cursed. The words of blessing spoken in those moments were so permanent that they affected the rest of the Bible's view of Jacob and Esau. "Jacob have I loved, but Esau I hated".

Words are seen as so temporary and often overridden in order to escape initial contracts and covenants. Lawyers are hired in order to break covenant with the person we promised to love and cherish our entire life. Isaac would sooner cut his own throat than revoke a blessing. In all actuality, once those words were spoken over Jacob, it was as though he already had it. Esau couldn't hire a lawyer and no amount of pleading couldn't change what happened.

For this very reason, I am excited to be a father some day. Yes my children will need more than just words or else the words will be useless to them, but I want the privelege of giving them a life that a large population of the world will never have; a father's blessing.

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