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Charles F. Boyd - Blessed Deception

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Does God sanction or bless lies or lying?

Often we want to find "good examples" for ourselves in Old Testament stories. In this chapter, it will be hard! There really are no "good guys;" everyone seems to have an agenda or a flaw.


Genesis 27:1-3 Prophetic vision of Jacob and Esau's future

  • Genesis 27:8 - Jacob is 40 years old and still listening to his mother, Rebekah (mama's boy)
      • Rebekah still trying to control things
  • Genesis 27:12 Jacob wasn't afraid of doing wrong things, afraid of being caught
  • Genesis 27:20 Jacob began piling lie up lie
      • Jacob was sinning and trying to cover it up with "God Talk"
          • "God Talk" never makes sin ok
      • All of them knew what God had said, but they still did what they wanted to do
  • Genesis 27:26 Kiss of betrayal like Judas's kiss to Jesus

  • Genesis 27:28-29 The Blessing
      • When Isaac prays for his son Jacob, apparently he really believed that something happened when he prayed! His blessing seemingly made a difference. Esau anticipated something would occur when his father prayed. Rebekah and Jacob also realized that this blessing really mattered; it was so much more than words. And Isaac is convinced that once having prayed a blessing over one son, that blessing was no longer available to give to his other.

"The point of these reiterations of the effect of the blessing (of Jacob by Isaac) is primarily to underscore the irretrievability of the lost blessing and hence the certainty of the fulfillment of the blessing itself. By showing that the blessing was irrevocable, even by the father who gave the blessing, the writer underscores an important feature of the blessing. It is out of man's hands. It will come to pass, just as it was given."

- Author: John Sailhammer


  • Genesis 27:32-35 Story builds to verse 33 "Yes, and he shall be blessed"
      • Isaac's sin found him out
      • He was fighting God, but God always wins
      • His blind eyes now really see
  • Genesis 27:36 Jacob did not cheat twice
      • Esau had sold Jacob his birthright
      • Esau got outsmarted by a better sinner
      • Esau not repenting (offense) or having tears of remorse (consequences), he was just wishing he had sinned a little better

Hebrews 12:15

    • Not a victim; he did not prize God's word, or promise, or the priorities of God
    • Esau doesn't repent, he laments and resents, and bitterness takes root
  • Genesis 28:6 Esau does opposite of what Isaac told Jacob not to do in verses before
      • He did this for spite

"The brief note about Esau's marriages taht concludes Genesis 26 is resumptive from the end of chapter 25. In Genesis 25:34, he assigned slight value to the heritage represented in his birthright. Here he likewise attaches no value to the tradition of marrying someone from outside the land and thus does not remain separate from the peoples of the land. In this way the narrator continues to demonstrate that Esau is an unworthy steward of the covenant."

- Author: John Walton


POINT: God's plans move forward despite sin

"Your sin, even while it may have real and lasting earthly consequences, cannot derail God's gracious purpose for your life. God's goodness and firm purpose endures in spite of, and even through, human sinfulness...evidenced once again in and through the family disharmony we encounter in Genesis 27."

- Author: Iain Duguid

POINT: The solution to a person's sin is not the sin of another person.

POINT: We ruin our lives when we try to run them on our own apart from God and His direction

POINT: People are shown that they need to be saved from themselves

POINT: God was working His plan to bring a redeember (the blessing of grace)

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