Dave Burnette's Commentary

Genesis Chapter 27

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Chosen People (c 23-50)
Theme: The Story of Isaac (c 25-28)
Message: Jacob and Esau (v 1-46)

Genesis 27 Commentary

(27:5-10) Rebekah Gets Ahead of God - When Rebekah learned that Isaac was preparing to bless Esau, she quickly devised a plan to trick him into blessing Jacob instead. Although God had already told her that Jacob would become the family leader (25:23), Rebekah took matters into her own hands. She resorted to doing something wrong to try to bring about what God had already said would happen. For Rebekah, the end justified the means. But no matter how good we think our goals are, we should not attempt to achieve them by doing what is wrong. Would God approve of the methods you are using to accomplish your goals?

(27:11-13) Rebekah's Sin Clouds Her Judgement - Jacob hesitated when he heard Rebekah's deceitful plan. Although he questioned it for the wrong reason (fear of getting caught), he protested and thus gave her one last chance to reconsider. But Rebekah had become so wrapped up in her plan that she no longer saw clearly what she was doing. Sin had trapped her and was degrading her character. Correcting yourself in the middle of doing wrong may bring hurt and disappointment, but it also will bring freedom from sin's control.

(27:11:12) Jacob is Convicted - How we react to a moral dilemma often exposes our real motives. Frequently we are more worried about getting caught than about doing what is right. Jacob did not seem concerned about the deceitfulness of his mother's plan; instead, he was afraid of getting in trouble while carrying it out. If you are worried about getting caught, you are probably in a position that is less than honest. Let your fear of getting caught be a warning to do right. Jacob paid a huge price for carrying out this dishonest plan.

(27:19) Jacob Sin Comes with a Price - Although Jacob got the blessing he wanted, deceiving his father ended up costing him dearly. These are some of the consequences of that deceit: (1) He was exiled from his family for years and never saw his mother again; (2) his brother wanted to kill him; (3) he was deceived by his uncle Laban; (4) his family became torn by strife; and (5) Esau became the founder of an enemy nation. Ironically, Jacob would have received the birthright and blessing anyway (25;23). Imagine how different his life would have been had he and his mother waited for God to work his way, in his time!

(27:33-37) A Ceremony of Blessing - Before a father died, he performed a ceremony of blessing, in which he officially handed over the birthright to the rightful heir. Although the firstborn son was entitled to the birthright, it was not actually his until the blessing was pronounced. Before the blessing was given, the father could take the birthright away from the oldest son and give it to a more deserving son. But after the blessing was given, the birthright could no longer be taken away. This is why fathers usually waited until late in life to pronounce the blessing. Although Jacob had been given the birthright by his older brother years before (25:27=34), he still needed his father's blessing to make it binding.

(27:33) Your Word is Your Bond - In ancient times, a person's word was binding (much like a written contract today), especially when it was a formal oath. This is why Isaac's blessing was irrevocable. 

(27:41) Jealousy Clouds Our Vision - Esau was so angry at Jacob for getting their father's blessing through deception that he failed to see his own wrong in giving away his birthright in the first place. Jealous anger blinds us from seeing our own faults. Take a moral inventory of your life and ask if a poor decision, mistake, or sin is the real reason you are harboring jealous anger toward someone. When Esau lost the valuable family blessing, his future suddenly changed. Reacting in anger, he decided to kill Jacob. When you lose something of great value, or if others conspire against you and succeed, anger is the first and most natural reaction. But you can control your feelings by (1) recognizing your reaction for what it is, (2) praying for strength, and (3) asking God for help to see the opportunities that even your bad situation may provide.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Price of Sin

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. There are many applications we can make from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Genesis with Chapter 27, and in today's text, we see the favoritism of the parents and the Generational sin come to a head. Rebekah helps Jacob trick his brother out of his blessing to add to the trick of the birthright. Now we have two brothers at each other's necks for something the Lord had already determined in chapter 25, verse 23. All this deceit changed nothing but separated a family and ultimately cost Jacob many things. 1) Jacob never saw his mother again 2) Esau wanted to kill him 3) Jacob received deception from his uncle Kaban 4) His family was torn apart by strife 5) Esau became the founder of an enemy nation 6) Jacob was exiled from his family for years. In making an application, we see that sin always has a price. Sin always costs us more than we want to pay. How about you? Have you ever seen sin cost you more than you wanted to pay? Let us learn from Jacob's failures and trust the Lord, avoiding sin and the price we have to pay.


Genesis 27

Genesis 27

 1And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

 2And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

 3Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

 4And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

 5And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

 6And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

 7Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.

 8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

 9Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

 10And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

 11And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

 12My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

 13And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

 14And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.

 15And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

 16And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

 17And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

 18And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

 19And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

 20And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.

 21And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

 22And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

 23And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

 24And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

 25And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.

 26And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

 27And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

 28Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

 29Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

 30And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

 31And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.

 32And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

 33And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

 34And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

 35And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

 36And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

 37And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

 38And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

 39And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

 40And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

 41And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

 42And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

 43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

 44And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;

 45Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

 46And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?