The Fulfillment of God’s Word

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Genesis 27:28-4628Therefore 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 savory 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; and 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? (Genesis 27:28‑46)
We should notice here that the blessing Jacob received from his father was an earthly blessing and tells us of what is in store for the nation of Israel in a coming day. This promise and many others will have a full fulfillment when the Lord Jesus Christ reigns in power over the earth in a coming day. Jerusalem will then be the center of earthly glory and blessing. Moreover it is true even now that God blesses the nations which befriend the Jews, and curses those who persecute them. We might mention, however, that the blessings of those who are saved during this present period of grace, which began at the day of Pentecost and will end when the Lord Jesus calls His own to meet Him in the air, are heavenly blessings. We should not expect “the fatness of the earth.” God has only promised us food and raiment (1 Timothy 6:8), although He often exceeds His promises, blessing us even in temporal things far beyond this.
Failure Overruled
After Jacob had received the bless­ing of the firstborn, then Esau came in from hunting, made his savoury meat, and brought it to Isaac his father. Poor Isaac! No wonder he “trembled very exceedingly,” but God in His good­ness seemed to reveal to him that He had overruled his failure, and he said to Esau, “I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him [Jacob] yea, and he shall be blessed.”
Esau then broke down and cried. He had sold his birthright some years before, and now it was too late to get it back. What a day of weeping it will be for those who have sold their “birthright” and rejected Christ, when they find the door of mercy shut, and shut forever. Here Esau received a measure of blessing, but if you are unsaved, dear reader, there will be no blessing for you — never, never, never. Oh, do come to Christ today.
Contention Between Esau and Jacob
Esau’s descendants are the Edomites, and Isaac’s prophecy is now being fulfilled, “By thy sword shalt thou live  ...  and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.” The Jews are the descendants of Jacob, and they are suffering at the hands of their enemies today, but things will change before long, for the Lord’s coming is near, and after that, He will take up His people (the Jews) again and Jacob shall rule. Nothing can hinder the fulfillment of God’s Word, dear children. Men may say that the Bible is outdated and untrue, but let us assure you that it will be fulfilled to the very letter when all the books written by men have been burned up. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:3535Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)).
Bitter hatred and murder filled Esau’s heart, and he said he would kill Jacob as soon as his father had died. Re­bekah, who had had her part in de­ceiving Isaac, then told Jacob to go down to Laban, his uncle, and remain there until Esau’s anger had passed over. God was over these circum­stances, and Rebekah had to reap what she had sown with sorrow, for Jacob did not return home again until after her death, and so she never saw him again. She told him to stay for only a few days, but he did not return for twenty long years.
Further Meditation
1. What did Esau do after he found out Isaac had blessed Jacob?
2. Our actions have long-lasting consequences for bad but also for good. What were the results of Caleb’s decision not to complain against his fellow Israelites when he was forced to go through the wilderness with them for nearly 40 extra years?
3. The Patriarchs by J. G. Bellett is a lengthy book but packed with very sweet meditations on the beauty of the Lord’s ways with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and others in the book of Genesis. If you’ve never read it, then you’re in for a treat. You can read it for free by going to bibletruthlibrary.org and selecting Bellett from the Authors section. You’ll then get a selection of his books and can select the one entitled The Patriarchs.