Friday, May 07, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 27

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 27. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

27 – Invisible crown of words.

27:4 – like father, like son. Isaac and Esau were both ruled by their stomachs.

27:6-7 – Rebekah quotes Isaac’s words of verse 4 with the addition of “in the presence of the Lord.” She knew the significance of this act.

“God is in control.” See Psalm 103:19. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

“Strength can be a bad thing.” See Isaiah 30:15. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

“Lord, have mercy.” See Psalm 25:6. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

“Christ, have mercy.” See Galatians 3:14. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

27:6-8 – God will never ask us to deceive others for his will to be done.

27:7 – Rebekah knows that the promise of God from 25:23 is about to take place, so she jumps into actions instead of getting out of God’s way and watching Him take care of it.

27:9 – why two goats? Could Jacob eat that much? Perhaps Jacob was a big man – she was about to make a covering for his hands, arms and neck, and may have needed two goat skins to do so.

27:11-12 – Jacob just doesn’t want to get caught. He didn’t say “no” or tell Rebekah that he trusted God to deliver the promise to him.

27:12 – “…would appear to be tricking…” Ha Ha!!

27:13 – see Genesis 4:9-13 – we can intercede for our children, but we cannot take the curse for their sins.

“Rebekah’s willingness to sacrifice herself for her son wasn’t virtuous; it was blasphemous. God alone decides whom He will bless and whom He will curse.” (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

27:19 – see John 8:44. The Seven Lies of Jacob (27:19-24): lies #1 and 2 – I am Esau. Your firstborn.; lies #3 and 4 – I have done as you told me. He did what his mother told him.; lie #5 – eat some of my game – it’s goat meat, not game!!!

27:20 – lie #6 - “…the Lord…gave me success…” – blasphemy.

27:24 – Jacob’s last chance to come clean. Instead, he tells lie #7.

27:26 – see Proverbs 24:26

27:26-27 – kisses – Judas.

27:27-28 – this is the blessing a farmer would give.

27:27-29 – God isn’t blessing Jacob’s deception. He is honoring His promise, loving Jacob, and drawing Jacob to Him. This blessing also shows Isaac’s favoritism. He intended this blessing for Esau which left no blessing for Jacob.

27:27-29, 39-40 – Words have lasting effects. They can bless or they can scar.

27:30 – God’s timing is perfect.

You will never get away with such a deception! You will, at some point, be held accountable.

27:31 – word-for-word the same phrase Jacob used. Jacob imitated Esau well.

27:33 – “trembled violently” – because of anger? Agitation? Old age? Mad at whom? This was a very painful moment. “Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible” says Isaac knew God’s will had been done. How? (Genesis Commentary by Francisco)

27:34-36 – Esau rejected God’s grace, and he was rejected. See Hebrews 12:16-17.

27:34 – bitter cry – a cry of regret, not repentance.

27:35 – Isaac places blame on Jacob. Favoritism is deadly!

27:36 – Esau “forgot” he SOLD his birthright.

27:41 – “I will kill my brother” – Cain and Abel all over again.

Esau would wait until Isaac passed away to kill his brother. WOW! Vicious. Plotting. Stewing. Lots of time to pre-meditate.

27:42 – managing men is what women do best.

27:43 – flee – Rebekah advised Jacob to leave the promised land. Remember, Isaac wasn’t permitted to leave…even to find his own bride! See 24:6-9.

27:44 – NIV says “awhile”. KJV says “a few days”. This would keep Jacob away for a couple of months and allow Esau to “cool off”.

27:45 – “what you did” – it was her idea!!! “lose both of you” – avenger of blood would kill the killer (Esau). The avenger of blood was a near kinsman.

27:46 – see Deuteronomy 7:1-4.

she manipulates Isaac to send Jacob off.

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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