Day 10—God’s Generosity (Gen 25-28)
January 10, 2021, 6:57 AM

 

Truly random musings this time:

  • Why is God being generous to Jacob, who has been a cheat and a trickster since the day he was born?
  • How could Esau be such a dope to sell his birthright for a bowl of lentil soup?
  • How is it possible that both Abraham and Isaac tried to pass their wives off as their sisters to the same king, King Abimilech? (Genesis 20 and Gen 26)
  • The only time that Esau shows emotion is when his father, Isaac, is unable to bless him, but his father teaches him an important lesson—while he cannot bless Esau, he tells him that someday he will ‘break the yoke’ of his brother from around his neck. In other words, he will not serve Jacob for his entire life. When we read the rest of this story, the forgiveness shared by the brothers in future chapters, it is the only way that yoke of Jacob can be broken from around Esau’s neck.
  • The two great nations represented in Rebekah’s womb are Israel (Jacob) and Edom (Esau). They remained sworn enemies throughout the history of the Jewish people.
  • The Hittites, whom Esau married into, were descendants of Noah’s great-grandson Heth. Heth was Canaan’s son, and Canaan was cursed by Noah. That’s why Esau’s wives were a problem. He then took on additional wives from Ishmael’s line of descendants, but this was still problematic.
  • Both blessings and curses were passed down through the generations in the Old Testament. Note how Canaan’s descendants are still cursed from the time of Noah, and it helps us understand why Jacob wanted to steal, and did steal, Esau’s blessing. That blessing would be given to the next generation, and the next, and the next…