B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 27

B'resheet 27:1-4 Now it came about, when Yitz'chak was old, and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esav and said to him, "My son." And he said to him, "Here I am." And Yitz'chak said, "Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me; and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die."

A Hunter with a bow - this is a picture or type of the Anti-Messiah.

B'resheet 27:5-10 And Rivkah was listening while Yitz'chak spoke to his son Esav. So when Esav went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, Rivkah said to her son Ya'akov, "Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esav, saying, 'Bring me some game and prepare a savory dish for me, that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the L-RD before my death.' "Now therefore, my son, listen to me as I command you. Go now to the flock and bring me two choice kids from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves. Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death."

You may be surprised to find out just how old Ya'akov and Esav are at this point in time. One might think that they are in their 20's or 30's but a careful study of the scriptures reveals a much older age. It seems that they are 77 years old! Remember Ya'akov has yet to marry and have 12 children! :~O Let's take a look at some other verses to see how this can be. In B'resheet 47:9 Ya'akov tells Pharaoh that he is 130 years old. There had already been 2 years of famine and 7 years of plenty. See B'resheet 45:6. When Yosef stood before pharaoh he was 30 years old. See B'resheet 41:46-47.

So 130 - 2 - 7 - 30 = 91 Jacob's age when Yosef was born. In B'resheet 30:24-25 it seems to indicate that Yosef was born at the end of the 14 years that his father Ya'akov had served for his 2 wives Leah and Rachael. 91 - 14 = 77 years old. This would make Yitz'chak 137, the same age that Ishmael was when he died. Yitz'chak was 60 years old when the twins were born. See B'resheet 25:26

B'resheet 27:11-13 And Ya'akov answered his mother Rivkah, "Behold, Esav my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man. Perhaps my father will feel me, then I shall be as a deceiver in his sight; and I shall bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing." But his mother said to him, "Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me."

Here we have Rivkah acting Messiah-like but then she plays a part in deceiving her husband also.

G-d had already revealed to her that Ya'akov would become the family leader. However, Rivkah takes the matter in to her own hands, instead of waiting for G-d to carry out His plan. I guess she thought G-d needed her help. How often do we try to help G-d out.

B'resheet 27:14-17 So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory food such as his father loved. Then Rivkah took the best garments of Esav her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Ya'akov her younger son. And she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made, to her son Ya'akov.

Which were with her in the house - Esav was already married for 37 years. Yet it seems things have not changed much in the last 4000 years. How many of us leave our parents home and still have a change of clothes, or more back at mom and dad's. :~)

B'resheet 27:18-19 Then he came to his father and said, "My father." And he said, "Here I am. Who are you, my son?" And Ya'akov said to his father, "I am Esav your first-born; I have done as you told me. Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me."

The deception is in high gear now...there is no turning back.

B'resheet 27:20-21 And Yitz'chak said to his son, "How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the L-RD your G-d caused it to happen to me." Then Yitz'chak said to Ya'akov, "Please come close, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esav or not."

Notice how one lie leads to another and another. Things are going down hill rather quickly.

Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things which the L-RD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.

B'resheet 27:22-24 So Ya'akov came close to Yitz'chak his father, and he felt him and said, "The voice is the voice of Ya'akov, but the hands are the hands of Esav." And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esav's hands; so he blessed him. And he said, "Are you really my son Esav?" And he said, "I am."

Again you hear here that Ya'akov lied yet he still received the blessing. Why would HaShem allow such a thing out of treachery? Did G-d allow it or was it actually what G-d wanted? Or both for that matter? We went over the fact that G-d said, that He loved Jacob and hated Esau and that He choose Ya'akov even before they were born. This does not mean they did not also have free choice in their lives.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Hay - breath; Spirit of G-d; Gentility

B'resheet 27:25-29 So he said, "Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son's game, that I may bless you." And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. Then his father Yitz'chak said to him, "Please come close and kiss me, my son." So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said "See, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field which the L-RD has blessed; Now may G-d give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And an abundance of grain and new wine; May peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you; Be master of your brothers, And may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you. "

The spirit of G-d spoke through Yitz'chak. Again the actions of younger son did not matter the greater blessings still went to him even though he was the younger. This also gives us a picture of the fact that Israel (representing the older son) rejected it's birthright and responsibility. This was however in G-d's plan. (Rom. 11:19-24) This doesn't mean they were not given a choice.

B'resheet 27:30-32 Now it came about, as soon as Yitz'chak had finished blessing Ya'akov, and Ya'akov had hardly gone out from the presence of Yitz'chak his father, that Esav his brother came in from his hunting. Then he also made savory food, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, "Let my father arise, and eat of his son's game, that you may bless me." And Yitz'chak his father said to him, "Who are you?" And he said, "I am your son, your first-born, Esav."

Ya'akov did indeed get the blessing but he did suffer consequences. 1) He never saw his mother again. 2) His brother wanted to kill him, 3) He was deceived by his uncle Laban 4) Esau became the founder of an enemy nation, 5) he was away from his family for 20 years.