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Blessing By Faith


"By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones."
Good Morning my beloved,
Welcome to worship this Lord's Day!
We would like to welcome all of our beloved brothers and sisters, from all around the world, who have been prompted to join us today. We are glad to have you here! I do not believe it was by coincidence, I believe that you were lead here by God.
Facing death is the greatest test of our faith. People respond in different ways to the realization that they are going to die. Death can be bitter-sweet, while we hate to leave those we love, we look forward to being welcomed into the arms of our Lord Jesus. Faith by its very nature is future oriented. If, by God’s grace, you and I have begun the life of faith, by that same grace we will die strong in faith, testifying to others that God’s promises are true, in spite of our circumstances. God’s grace does not fail, however, we can fail to take advantage of it and come to the end of our life with sorrow as a believer.
Over my years in ministry, I have found that far too many Christians operate on feelings and not the truths found in God’s Word. Sometimes in our lives we may know we are supposed to do, or we may know God’s plan ahead of time, but instead of waiting on God, we take matters into our own hands. We choose our will over God’s. How many times in our lives, we know what God expects of us, we know what God wants us to do in our lives, we want God’s blessing, but we want it done our own way. This is where we get into trouble. This is the point where Isaac was in his life. I believe that his story is one many of us will identify with.
Let us bow our heads in prayer.
Heavenly Father,
Father, as always we thank You for Your Word, so rich in truth, it frees us up from being preoccupied with a passing world, yet it emphasizes our human weakness and human frailty. Lord, we want to be people of faith, to put our hope in Your promises. We pray that we may have confidence as we live and as we come to the inevitable hour facing death, that what has been promised, we know You will fulfill, though we haven’t seen it. Help us to lay up our treasure in heaven, because we know that’s where our eternal reward is. Grant us the faith that anchors us to the glories of the future, that we may be faithful to live on the promise that is unrealized. That we would set our affections on things above and not on things on the earth.
We pray in Christ's name
Today's Message: Blessing By Faith
How many times do we see people that take grudges to the grave, take hatred to the grave, take unbelief to the grave. 
We have been studying Hebrews chapter 11, the chapter of the heroes of faith, people who were reconciled to God not by works but faith. Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham all fall into that category. And, remarkably, so do Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. These men are all marked as men who demonstrated faith, even in the face of death.
I'm sure that many of you will remember, that at the end of chapter 10 sets this in place. Verse 38 says, "My righteous one shall live by faith," and verse 39, "We are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith in the preserving of the soul." And, so the tenth chapter ends with a statement that one is granted righteousness by faith. Therefore, launching into chapter 11, commonly known as the Faith Chapter or Chapter of The Heroes Faith.
Isaac knew what God’s plan was, which was through his son Jacob would come the promised seed, however, he still wanted it his way. Even through Isaac’s disobedience, God’s plan that he had throughout history was going to come to pass. Not even Isaac’s disobedience could stop God’s plan.
Abraham died without ever seeing God's promise fulfilled, without receiving the promise that God gave him. Isaac died without ever having received the promise that God gave him and so did Jacob and so did Joseph and so did all the rest of the people in this entire chapter. In verse 39, it says "And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised." They all died before the promise came. They all died before the promised Messiah came, before the promised kingdom came, before all the promises that were given originally in the Abrahamic covenant came to pass.
Yet, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph all learned by faith that their existence was temporary. By faith, the saw beyond the years to the fulfillment of God’s promises. The desire of all these people of faith was for a "better country" something beyond even promised Canaan; Heaven itself.
I believe that we can all learn a valuable lesson about faith in the face of death, coming to the end of our life, without ever having received what God had promised. Isaac and Jacob and Joseph, all died in faith, they died in confidence that the promise would be fulfilled even though they had not yet received it. Even though their lives were marked with weakness. They were men who believed, even at the very end of their lives, that God who had not yet fulfilled His promise, would fulfill that promise even after they were gone. Therefore, they leave behind a witness, of the truth of God's Word, and God is greatly glorified.
I believe that when any believer leaves this world, having a confident faith, leaving behind a great testimony of faith that the Spirit triumphs over the flesh, there is an eagerness to grasp the realities of eternal heaven. When they consciously leave this world behind, demonstrating a God-given, a God-sustained faith, sufficient to enable them to face death and to face death triumphantly, God is glorified.
When a mature godly individual comes to the end of his life, what marks him is peace.
In fact, David, who wrote Psalm 37 tells us, "Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; For the man of peace will have a posterity."
Before we begin, let's quickly look at Genesis chapter 12, just to review where it all starts. What is known as the Abrahamic covenant, which is a promise of a land and a kingdom and blessing and incorporated in that is even salvation, and also incorporated in that is the Savior. God calls Abraham, who was called Abram then. He is going to make of him a great people, namely the Jewish people who will be the people who will receive the Word of God and who will have the responsibility to preserve it and proclaim it to the world. And Abram is told to go forth from his country, from his relatives, his father’s house "to the land I will show you; I will make you a great nation, I will bless you, make your name great; so you shall be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you and the ones who curse you I will curse. In you, all the families of the earth will be blessed."
That is what is known as the Abrahamic Covenant. 
Open your Bibles with me to the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verses 20-22. I invite you to follow along with me as I read to set the text in our minds, as we prepare our hearts for a Word from our Lord. Hebrews 11:20-22.

"By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones."
The writer of Hebrews wants us to understand, that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, the four great patriarchs whose story fills the rest of Genesis, all died without ever having realized that promise. Abraham was promised the possession of a land. He never had a possession in the land. In fact, the only piece of land that Abraham owned was a grave. 
I'd like you to keep in mind, that this letter was written to Jews who were familiar with the detailed saga of Isaac and Jacob and Esau, as well as Joseph. This was something that they were very familiar with. Therefore, it was critical for the writer of Hebrews to communicate to the readers that the only way of salvation was by faith. The most important message the world will ever hear; salvation is by faith alone, by grace through faith, not of works. Scripture makes that clear. It’s always been that way.
These Jews were were living in an apostate form of Judaism in which they had come to conclusion that salvation was something could be earned. And so when the gospel comes along and it’s preached by the apostles and prophets of the New Testament, there are Jews who think it is a foreign message, that it is not the message of the Old Testament. So the writer of Hebrews gives us this great section to let the Jews know that salvation by faith is nothing new, it has always been that way. That is the point He's trying to make.
So Abraham was promised a great nation, he never saw that great nation. He was promised to be the source of spiritual blessing to the world. He never saw that. However, Abraham believed that would it come. Abraham was a wanderer, he lived a nomadic his whole life. Yet, he never doubted that it would come true.Abraham died not in the despair of unfulfilled dreams, but in the confident hope that a promise would be truly fulfilled because it had come from God whose Word was always true.
And, it was the same for Isaac. Isaac, the son of the promise of God, was a nomad and a wanderer. His son Jacob was to spend is life as an exile out of the promised land in Egypt. Isaac never saw the promise. He never saw the realization of a great nation constituted. He never saw the blessings that would come to the world. Jacob’s son, Joseph, obtained greatness but that greatness was still the greatness of a stranger in a strange land. Joseph again in the land of Egypt. They all lived by faith in a promise they had never seen. They all died not in despair but in hope and passing on the promise that what they hadn’t seen could be promised to the next generation because in God’s good time it would eventually come. They are all are links in the chain of faith and its ultimate fulfillment. The writer of the book of Hebrews, wants his Jewish readers to know they are all men of faith. He wanted them to know that they all believed in God.
In fact, in verse 6 of this chapter, He says that the only way to please God is to be a person of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith alone brings us into a relationship with God. If you want to please God, you must receive His salvation, be reconciled to Him, and so, it is a matter of faith.
So verse 20 says "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come." Allow me to just point out here, that the operative phrase is "regarding things to come." The promise of God that was originally given to Abraham in the Abrahamic covenant is reiterated to his son, Yet, Isaac, neither does Isaac receive the promise, he doesn't see the promise fulfilled. Abraham had been promised the land, the nation, the spiritual blessings to the world. He never saw any of it come to pass. And he didn’t die in despair; however, Abraham died in faith, confidently passing on the promise to his son, Isaac, knowing Isaac would be the next step in the divine plan that would lead ultimately to fulfillment. 
Isaac, then, does the same thing, passing it on to Jacob. Jacob, therefore, does the same thing, and passes it to Joseph. Because they all knew that God was faithful. And that is something that I believe all true believers know, is God is faithful, God can be trusted.
Interesting enough, Isaac lived the longest of the four patriarchs. He lived longer than Abraham, he lived longer than Jacob and he lived longer than Joseph. Abraham had quite a section here, and yet we have only one verse on Isaac. I imagine it's because the writer of Hebrews assumes that everybody who is a Hebrew reader of this letter knows the story of Isaac, it would be a familiar story to the Jewish people. 
And so to understand the story of Isaac and see how his faith manifested itself, we would do well to refer back to the Old Testament, where his life is squeezed into the book of Genesis, chapters 25, 26 and 27.I suppose if we were to summarize the life of Isaac, would would likely say it was nothing spectacular. In fact, it has been suggested that Isaac was the ordinary son of an extraordinary father who became the ordinary father of an extraordinary son. Which is another way of saying, he was a not so extraordinary guy situated between two extraordinary people, Abraham and Jacob. Isaac lived a relatively quiet life and was probably best known for his spiritual weakness and his somewhat passive nature.
Yet, I believe that Isaac's story is a greatly encouraging one for all of us, because if Isaac, with all of his weakness is listed here in the heroes of faith, then maybe there is still hope for all of us. So, let’s go back to Genesis 26. In verse 1, we read that "Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines."  So we see "there was a famine in the land," that was the land of Canaan, which by the way, was not yet belonging to Israel, there is no nation yet. And, they're not going to come back there until 40 years after the 400 years of exile in Egypt. There’s a famine in the land where the family of Abraham is living and they have to go somewhere to get some food. So Isaac, who is now an adult "went to Gerar."
Gerar was not a really great place to go because Gerar was a Philistine city, sitting on the border of Egypt, and Egypt was not a good place to be. Then, in verse 2 "The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you." This is a really a concession on God’s part, saying you shouldn’t even get that close to Egypt, but if you’re going to be in Gerar, stay there. Don’t go beyond that place.
In verse 3, "Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham." Here, God repeats the Abrahamic covenant. And in verses 4-5, God says "I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."
The Abrahamic covenant is reiterated to Isaac, who is next in line in the generations that will be the source of the fulfillment of the covenant. We see in verse 6, "So Isaac lived in Gerar." Isaac was obedient, he didn't cross over the boarder, he lived in Gerar. It is commendable that Isaac stopped at the border and didn’t go where God told him not to go. Right? Well, not so fast, in verse 7, this is where Isaac's weakness shows up.  
Verse 7 says "When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he was afraid to say, "my wife," thinking, "the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful."  Now, you might be thinking where did Isaac learn to conduct himself in that way? He learned it from his father, Abraham. Abraham did the same thing, because was afraid that somebody was going to take Sarah away from him because Sarah was also very beautiful. Genesis 12 records that Abraham, went past Gerar all the way to Egypt. He says to "his wife," in Genesis 12:11-13, "See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman;and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you." This is chivalry at its finest, I want you to say you’re my sister so they can do anything they want to you without killing me. I have to say, this is the lowest point of male action on behalf of one’s wife. To let some stranger ravage his own wife, for his own self-protection.
Verse 15 and following, tells us that "Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him."
And, it happened again in the twentieth chapter of Genesis. "Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. Abraham said of Sarah his wife,  —Guess what? —"She is my sister." And, it happened in the same place!
"So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married." Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, "Lord, will You slay a nation, even though blameless? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this."
"Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now therefore, restore the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours."
As a footnote, Abimelech may well be a title rather than a name, because if you will notice, it’s the same name in the account of Isaac 20 years or so later.
So, we can say that Abraham had taught his son well. Because when we come to the account in the twenty-sixth chapter, Isaac behaves in exactly the same way. It seems to me that the pagans, who were unconnected to this family, had more moral character than the members of the family of Abraham. 
So, in verses 8-11, "It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah. Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘I might die on account of her.’” Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” So Abimelech charged all the people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."

So God is gracious to Isaac, even though he lives on the edge of where he’s not supposed to go and then he lies. We see in verse 12, God blessed him. " Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him." Now, in spite of the language used, even in the original text, it doesn’t mean that Isaac planted a crop that returned a hundredfold. It says "Isaac sowed in that land." It's a metaphoric statement. 

In verse 13, "and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him." In the original Hebrew, it's a great play on words, it says "The man became great, continued to become greater until he became the greatest." God pours out blessing. And Isaac is comfortable there. And in verses 16-17, Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us." And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there." But Isaac went only a few miles away and settled there. And he wouldn’t leave. 

And so we read in verse 18, "Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them." Abraham, by the way, was in the same area.

Then, in verses 19-23, "But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah. He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, "At last the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land. Then he went up from there to Beersheba."

Then in verse 24, God repeats the Abrahamic covenant to him. And this is where, for the first time, we really see the demonstration that this is a man of faith. " The Lord appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham." Verse 25, "So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well."

He took up his place in the very location where the Lord had come to him and given him the promise and the covenant. 

Now, if you will remember, back in chapter 25, " Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why then am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the Lord." Notice that it says, "So she went to inquire of the Lord," this is a clear indication that they worshiped the true and living God. "So she went to inquire of the Lord." Because you don't inquire of someone whom you don't believe in, right? I imagine that she was saying to the Lord, why is this so hard, because it says "the children struggled together." 

Then, verse 23, "The Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger." In other words, through Jacob would come the Jewish people; through Esau would come the Edomites, the Arabic peoples. The older was Esau, the younger was Jacob, but they were reversed when it came to the birthright. They followed the Lord because they prayed to the Lord and the Lord heard their prayer. 

Now, in Romans chapter 9 verse 13, the Apostle Paul makes a really big point, "Just as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." Before they were ever born, the Lord chose Jacob, there was bound up in this promise a sovereign act, two nations, one stronger than the other, one serving the other. The purpose of God, to give grace to one line and withhold it from the other. We are not to question God's purposes, for God has a right to dispense His blessings according to His own sovereign will. Since God is creator of all things, He has, therefore, an unlimited right over all His creation. It was and is His own good pleasure that He created the world at all. Nothing God created had any claim on its maker. If man had no claim on God when he is innocent, has he somehow acquired the right by the fall? I believe that the answer is clearly a resounding, "NO!" God’s sovereign purpose, He chose Abraham, He chose Isaac, He chose Jacob and through them would come the Messianic line.

So Isaac receives God’s promises and builds an altar; like Abraham, Isaac makes a treaty with Abimelech.  But there’s a reason Isaac’s story is told this way: We see very clearly that God’s plan hasn’t changed; he’s leading Isaac down the same covenant path which He had previously led Abraham.

Verse 34, "When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite." First, bad choice, because one is enough. Second, these are pagans. Verse 35 says "And they brought grief to Isaac and to Rebecca."

And there we have the character of Esau. That’s why Hebrews 12:16, calls him a profane man. The Greek word "profane" means outside the threshold. It means outside the house. Outside the walkway, the common walk. He was a very common, earthy man. And so in the case of Esau, things went bad at birth, they went bad through the whole story of Jacob and Esau, and we will take a look at that. 

Chapter 27, "Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, "My son.” And he said to him, "Here I am." Isaac said, "Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me; and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die."

So, it says Isaac was old, he was 137 if you do the mathematical calculation. Now, "his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, "My son.” And he said to him, "Here I am." Isaac said, "Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death." Interestingly enough, he went on to live 43 more years. This is an indication of how he felt about Esau. God said, "The older will serve the younger," and the older was Esau, that was the prophecy. God said, "That’s how it’s going to be."

Now, if you will remember, back in chapter 25, verse 24, it says "When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.  

So, "the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment." Well, that would have been a huge disappointment, he was like wolfman or something, "and they named him Esau." then, "Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob." And, "Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them. When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents." Here, we see a great distinction between the two. And "Isaac loved Esau," in other words, he liked that ruddy man, perhaps because he could deliver a good steak. "because he had a taste for game." Then it says, " but Rebekah loved Jacob."

Verses 29-31, "When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom." But Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright." How hungry must you have to be to do that? So, in verses 32-34, "Esau said", "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" And Jacob said, "First swear to me; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright." What a man of this world, to treat your birthright with disdain. Here is a man who has no view of the future ., that is why he is called a profane man.

However, is is also true, that Jacob did not need to do that, because God had promised in the prophecy that he would be heir, that though him would come the reiteration of the Abrahamic covenant. He would be the chosen son. And, because of this act, it caused all kinds of problems in the family, all kinds of deception, all kinds of lies, all kinds of animosity and hatred that was absolutely unnecessary. It is true Esau had no thought for God, he was passionate about earthly things, impulsive, incapable of estimating the true worth of anything that didn’t immediately appeal to his fleshly senses. He preferred the animal to the spiritual and therefore, is profane. God would have made it happen. Jacob didn’t need to accomplish it in this way. Because God's prophecy that Jacob would receive the birthright was true, it wasn't necessary to do that.

Now, in chapter 27, old Isaac knows about this sale of the birthright but he still favors Esau. So, in verses 3-4 he says, "Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me; and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die."

Hearing this, Rebekah, hatches her plan. "Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying, ‘Bring me some game and prepare a savory dish for me, that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death."

Isaac has ignored the fact that the birthright has been exchanged. Isaac has ignored the profane character of Esau. He has ignored his marriages to pagan idolatress women. Isaac ignores God's prophecy. Isaac ignores all that just because he likes him, because he provides what satisfies his appetite. So, Rebecca is not going to let this happen and it’s an amazing story. 

 Rebekah says, "Now therefore, my son, listen to me as I command you. Go now to the flock and bring me two choice  young goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves  Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death."

Then, "Jacob answered his mother Rebekah, "Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man  Perhaps my father will feel me, then I will be as a deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing." What is interesting, is that he doesn’t mind being a liar, he doesn't mind cheating, he just doesn’t want to expose himself to a curse. 

"But his mother said to him, "Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me." So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory food such as his father loved. Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made, to her son Jacob."  Now, that really tells you just how hairy Esau was! Keep in mind, Isaac can barely see. 

"Then he came to his father and said, "My father." And he said, "Here I am. Who are you, my son?" Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me." Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me." Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Please come close, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not." So Jacob came close to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau." He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. And he said, "Are you really my son Esau?" And he said, "I am." So he said, "Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that I may bless you." And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, "Please come close and kiss me, my son."

This was a domesticated goat by the way, with all the right spices, his mother really knew how to do it. One lie after another lie, after another lie!

Verse 27, "So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said, "See, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed; Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and an abundance of grain and new wine; May peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you; Be master of your brothers, And may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you."

In effect, he is investing the promise of the Abrahamic covenant in this man Jacob, believing that he is Esau. Then, in verse 30-32, "Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. Then he also made savory food, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless meIsaac his father said to him, "Who are you?" And he said, "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau."

Look at verse 33, "Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, "Who was he then that hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate of all of it before you came, and blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed." "Isaac trembled violently," that's conviction right there! Isaac realized what he had done.  "When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!" And he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing."

Then he said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob, for he has supplanted me these two times? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" But Isaac replied to Esau, "Behold, I have made him your master, and all his relatives I have given to him as servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him. Now as for you then, what can I do, my son?" Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” So Esau lifted his voice and wept."

Verse 39-40, " Then Isaac his father answered and said to him, "Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling, and away from the dew of heaven from above. "By your sword you shall live, and your brother you shall serve; But it shall come about when you become restless, That you will break his yoke from your neck." Then, in verse 41, we see the fallout of this, its obvious, "So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."

So, here's Isaac, who is in the list of heroes of faith, and we are probably wondering how he got there with all of this stuff going on in his life. Let's look at chapter 26 in verses 24-25, "The Lord appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you.
I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham." So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well." That is really a statement of faith, to the point of true conversion. In spite of the kind of life, these people lived,  in spite of all the lies and the deception that is going on, and it continued by the way.

Jacob never saw his mother again, he was alienated from his brother and lived in fear that his brother was going to kill him. He met up with his brother and his life was spared. The writer of Hebrews says he demonstrated his faith concerning things to come. All that can be said about this man in the listing that occurs in Hebrews chapter 11 and defines him as a man of faith, is that he believed God for what he did not receive. He blessed Jacob with the true blessing, gave a secondary blessing to even to Esau, even regarding things to come. That is the essence of faith. 

Isaac tried to do things his way, but as soon as he perceived the providential hand of God crossing his natural will and his natural affection, rather than to rebel, he submitted to the Lord. 

In chapter 28, "So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him, "You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham."

Now let's go back to Hebrews chapter 11 to wrap this up, verse 21, "By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff." The life of faith, for Jacob was like his father Isaac. He walked by faith, like Isaac. Though he encountered many struggles, many challenges, victories came very hard for him. Sin was heavy, however, his faith never waned.

In Closing..

While they were often weak, vacillating, sometimes immoral, they were living in a time without the full revelation of the Spirit that we know today. They struggled perhaps in ways that we don’t and maybe that’s why there was a little more tolerance of those things as Scripture indicates in the past. But what may be true about that part of their lives doesn’t cancel out what’s true about the commitment they made to trust God. They could not be deterred from giving the blessing to whom the blessing belonged.

They all died never having seen God's promise fulfilled, they died as strangers, wanderers, nomads, a couple of them in foreign lands. That was the evidence of their faith. They believed God for what they couldn’t see, all the way to death. 

And, it is my prayer that’s how you believe, too.

 May it be so..

And now may the Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Now and forever, in Jesus' name
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