By Babatope Babalobi +2348035897435 email@example.com
Genesis 27 vs 35-40
36 Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice. [a] First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even one blessing for me?”
37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me to give you, my son?”
38 Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept. 39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him, “You will live away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the heaven above.40 You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother.But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.”
- The story of how Jacob deceitfully took the blessings of Esau, the first son of Isaac has been told and retold as one of the classic stories of all times.
- The Holy Spirit wishes to minister to us through this story once more, and it is from this, that I am bringing out the new year message for 2015 titled: ‘O God of Esau, give me a new glory’
- We need to read and meditate on the two passages above in order to clearly and fully comprehend the import of this message.
- We see Esau in Genesis 27 vs 38 discouraged, disillusioned, angry, confused, depressed, hopeless, dejected, and sad. More importantly he was weeping thinking all hope for him to become a blessed man, to become a great man is lost.
- Why was Esau weeping, it was simply because of the following ‘curses’.
- First, Jacob took away his blessings.
- Second, Isaac made Jacob the Master of Esau or in another way Isaac declared that Esau would be a servant to Jacob.
- Third, Isaac said Jacob would be the one out of the two brothers that would become prosperous
- This was too much for Esau to bear, and he pleaded with his father to give him just one blessing- Genesis 27 vs 38.
- Rather than blessed Esau, Isaac made the matter worst, by issuing four additional curses, the fourth being a reinforcement of an earlier curse.
- The fourth curse placed upon Esau was that he would live in a dry, unproductive and unprofitable land away from the richness of the earth- Genesis 27 vs 39.
- The fifth curse on Esau was than even the heavens would refuse to favour him, as he would live away from the dew of the heaven above- Genesis 27 vs 39.
- The sixth curse on Esau was that he would not achieve anything easily. He would need to struggle and fight before he could achieve anything. Grace, mercy and favour were not his portion. Unless he decided to be violent and aggressive, he would not achieve anything in life- Genesis 27 vs 40: You will live by your sword.
- The seventh curse on Esau was that in spite of all his struggles and hard work, he would still live as a slave to his younger brother- Genesis 27 vs 40: and you will serve your brother.
- Isaac ended these curses by giving Esau a little space to maneuver, a little grace to change his fortunes, and a little condition that may redeem him from this fatherly curses. Genesis 27 vs 40: But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck.”
- What does this mean? It means that Esau could decide to break these seven curses, anytime, every right there and then when Isaac was pronouncing it.
- It means Esau could decide to break the yoke of slavery and oppression. It means Esau had the power to throw away the burden of his brother Jacob. It means the story of Esau would change for good, ‘when’ anytime he says enough is enough. It means the oppression, servitude, failures, and stagnancy of Esau would come to an end ‘when’ he becomes tired of his position.
- The most important question we need to ask here is that what did Esau need to do to realize the prophecy of Genesis 27 vs 40: But when you decide to break free, you will shake his yoke from your neck?
- The answer could be found in Genesis 27 vs 40: You will live by your sword. Esau’s slavery would come to an end immediately he used his sword to break free….shake his yoke from your neck-Genesis 27 vs 40.
- In one breath, Isaac placed seven curses on Esau his first born; in another breath, he gave him the sword to break the curses.
- In one breath, Isaac made his younger son, Jacob, the master of his firstborn- Esau. In another breath, he gave Esau a sword to throw off the lordship of Jacob, and reclaim his position and blessing as the first born, whenever he is tired of serving his younger brother
- In one breath, Isaac pronounced Esau the slave of Jacob. In another breath, he gave Esau the sword to fight and defeat his brother and throw off his oppression.
- Herein lies the secret key to the prosperity and future of Esau, he needed to fight with the sword to deliver himself from family and ancestral curses. What happened in later years?
- Did he serve his younger brother throughout his life, as he was cursed? No he didn’t.
- Did he lived lamenting the curses placed in him? No, he didn’t
- Did Esau took Isaac’s advice? Yes he did
- Did he used to sword to break free….shake his yoke from your neck-Genesis 27 vs 40. Yes, he did
- Did he change his history by fighting to repossess his birthright? Yes, he did.
Genesis 32 vs -37:3 Then Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother, Esau, who was living in the region of Seir in the land of Edom. 4 He told them, “Give this message to my master Esau: ‘Humble greetings from your servant Jacob. Until now I have been living with Uncle Laban, 5 and now I own cattle, donkeys, flocks of sheep and goats, and many servants, both men and women. I have sent these messengers to inform my lord of my coming, hoping that you will be friendly to me.’”
6 After delivering the message, the messengers returned to Jacob and reported, “We met your brother, Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you—with an army of 400 men!” 7 Jacob was terrified at the news.
- The above passage shows clearly that Esau changed his misfortune by the sword. Twenty one years later, Jacob who had fled away from the anger of his brother, decided to return to his father’s house. Jacob was coming back a prosperous man, and announced his arrival by the many cattle, donkeys, flocks of sheep, and goats he owned. Probably he still thought his brother was still languishing under the ‘curses’ of Isaac. He sent gifts to his brother, but alas he was ‘terrified’ to learn that his brother Esau, was also very prosperous, had an army of 400 men who were his Personal guards and Assistants!
Genesis 33: Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. 2 He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him.
- This was not the end of the story. Isaac cursed Esau that he would serve his younger brother. But, Esau reversed this curse. Otherwise, when Jacob came back, he would have met Esau in poverty, Esau would have been pleased to accept Jacob’s gift. On Jacob’s return, Esau had broken the yoke of servitude, and Jacob met a prosperous man. As a matter of fact, Jacob bowed down to Esau (who was supposed to be his servant) seven times! This is symbolically prophetic. Isaac had cursed Esau seven times, making Jacob the lord of Esau. Now, we see Jacob bowing down for Esau on the ground seven times. Each of these bowing down, broke the curse of lordship of Jacob over Esau.
- Are you presently discouraged, disillusioned, angry, confused, depressed, hopeless, dejected, and sad just like Esau in Genesis 27 vs 38 when his blessings were stolen? Then you can learn several lessons from this scriptures.
- Stop lamenting about your situation and past losses.
- Stop weeping and crying about your stolen blessings.
- Don’t be bothered if your peers have overtaken you. Pursue, overtake and recover all.
- Curses can be broken.
- Any spoken word contrary to the word of God in your life shall not stand.
- Ancestral, generational, and family curses are still operating in your life because you have refused to break them.
- You need to reverse every evil family pattern in your life.
- You need a sword of heaven to fight the battles of your life.
- Unless you fight like Esau against your contrary situation, you cannot win. Unless you fight you cannot recover. Unless you fight, you cannot reclaim your lost glory.
- You have a sword in your hand, which is the word of God. Use it to fight in prayers and fasting to regain your glory.
- If you fight, the terror of God shall fall upon your adversaries.
- If you fight, those who stole your glory shall fall before you in Jesus name
- Those who ran away with your glory shall come back falling before you.
- Esau broke the curses over his head, you took can break every evil situation in your life.
- Esau threw off the burden of his brother, you too should rise up and throw off every burden of slavery.
- Esau broke the yoke of Jacob on his blessings, you too can fight and break every evil stronghold on your life, and reclaim your glory.
- Esau’s glory was stolen, but instead of lamenting over his loses, he asked for a new glory. You need to ask for a new glory this year in Jesus name.
- Esau recover his stolen glory. Forget your past failures, you need to fight and recover your glory this year.
- You need to pray right now like this: O God of Israel, give me a new glory this year in Jesus name.
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