The Intercessor God Seeks

Isaac blesses JacobGenesis 27:28-29 Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, and 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.

Isaac’s Eyes Grow Dim

Genesis 27:1 Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.”

Eyes = “well/water” {ayin}

Ayin = 70 (as in 74):

“The word “ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”. The ayin is described as having 2 eyes – the choice of using good or evil to perceive things – optimism or pessimism.  Ayin is a silent letter. (No translation of it in English) It sees, but does not speak; representing humility.  The name ayin can also mean “eye” or “fountain”, a fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive wisdom. –PCwG

Not only was Isaac old, but his eyes were dim more than in a physical sense.  He was going to bless the kid he perceived to be his firstborn.  He was not aware that Esau had sold his birthright to Jacob.  God had already told Rebekah that Esau would serve Jacob. He did this before the children were even born. Genesis 25:23 “…And the older shall serve the young.”

The sages teach that Isaac’s eyes had been dimmed by the ministering angels tears when he was bound as the sacrifice in the “binding of Isaac.”  They state that this was done so he could be “deceived” here at this blessing.  It is customary for the father’s blessing to go to the first born, but this was not God’s plan.  God knows us better than we know ourselves.  Esau had already married two wives, Isaac had only had one…also, Esau was deceptive towards his father concerning his wives, as they were of the land and worshiped idols.

The purpose of this blessing is to transfer the spiritual leadership of the family.  Esau leaned more on his own power than reverence and fear of the Lord.  Jacob, on the other hand, walked in righteous like Isaac.  Isaac was blind to this fact, but God wasn’t blind to this.  God needed someone who would walk in righteousness.

Although Isaac’s eyes had grown dim and he could not see the godless life Esau was living, Rebekah could see.  She was not blind, and as any mother would feel, she loved her son but knew that he was not the one who should be placed in the spiritual leadership role for the family.  She was grieved by the choices her oldest son had made, but seeing Jacob’s choices had brought her joy.  Her desire was not to ensnare her husband.  She loved and honored him, but she had prophetic insight that he did not have at the time.  She knew that this blessing, or transference of leadership should rightfully go to Jacob.

Our Senses Can Deceive Us

Scripture tells us that Isaac’s eyes were dim, but that wasn’t all that failed him.  He touched Jacob, yet the goat’s skin made him think he was touching Esau. He heard Jacob’s voice, and he knew in his mind that it sounded like Jacob,  the words that Jacob spoke helped convince him that he was speaking to Esau.  Jacob then wanted to kiss his son.  Kissing Jacob allowed him to smell Jacob.  The sages teach that the scent of the goat skin miraculously changed:

27 He came close and kissed him, and Isaac smelled the fragrance of his garments. Although goatskins usually have an unpleasant odor, in this case they miraculously took on the fragrance of an apple orchard, like the Garden of Eden.41 Isaac blessed him with ten blessings,42 as follows: He said, “See, my son’s fragrance is already like the fragrance of a field which God has blessed. This indicates that you are fit to receive my blessings. ~ The Lubavitcher Rebbe

The field is the place that one can go to in order to commune with God.  Isaac was in the field when he first saw Rebekah.  Isaac thought the fragrance on Jacob indicated that Esau had been in a field blessed by God.

This gave him the peace to transfer the spiritual leadership into Esau’s hands.

The Ten Blessings

When Isaac blessed Jacob, he gave him ten blessings:

  1. The dew of the heavens
  2. The fat of the land (choisest fruits)
  3. Abundance of grain
  4. Wine (abundance of)
  5. May peoples serve you
  6. Nations bow down to you
  7. May you be Master over your brothers (and)
  8. May your mother’s sons bow themselves before you
  9. Those who curse you shall be cursed
  10. Those who bless you shall be blessed.

Why would he give him ten blessings? As we have previous learned the Aleph Bet also has a numerical value. Ten is the numerical value of Yod.  Yod is considered the starting point of the presence of God in all things – the “spark” of the Spirit in everything.  Yod can also be seen as a mark of humility.  Yod means “arm” or “hand”.  Ten is a number marking completion and order.

These blessings indicate a shift in the spiritual leadership of the family. Isaac was now preparing to die.  His time as the leader has reached a completed state and he was passing it on to his son.  Esau was not a humbled man, but Jacob was.   Blessing Jacob was keeping the Spirit of God in Israel.  It allowed for God’s arm and hand to reach others.

Esau Returns

Esau returned to his father with the meal his father had requested, but it was too late.  Isaac had already blessed Jacob.  Esau was heartbroken and angry.  He told Isaac that Jacob had stolen his birthright.  Jacob didn’t steal Esau’s birthright, Esau sold it to him.  Esau still wanted a blessing from his dad and asked if he had at least reserved even one blessing for him.  So Isaac said to him, “Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling, and away from the dew of heaven  above.  By your sword you shall live, and your brother you shall serve; but it shall come about when you become restless, that you will break his yoke from your neck.” (Gen 27:39-40)

This blessing wasn’t the blessing that Esau wanted, so he held a grudge against his brother and plotted to kill him.

Rebekah Plans to Send Away Jacob

Not only could Rebekah see well, but she could hear well too.  She had Isaac telling Esau that he planned to bless him, and she heard of Esau’s plan to kill Jacob!  The sages teach that it was through Divine inspiration that  Rebekah learned of Esau’s plan to kill Jacob.  Once she heard of this plan, she intervened again.  She called Jacob to her and told him about his brother’s plan.  She explained that in Esau’s eyes Jacob was already dead because he felt the ten blessings were rightfully his.  Scripture tells us the Rebekah said, “…is consoling himself concerning you…,” the key words I want to look at are “consoling himself,” he wasn’t receiving comfort from the LORD, he was relying on himself and focusing on what he lost rather than the blessing he had received.  So she tells Jacob once again to “obey my voice.”  She tells him where to go…to her brother Laban in Haran, just until Esau isn’t in such a fury and his anger has subsided, and he “forgets what you did to him.”

After all of this, Rebekah once again says to Isaac, “I am tired of living because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these, from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”  We can remember that Esau’s marriage to his wives had grieved his parents.  By telling Isaac this a second time, she is assuring that Jacob will be sent to her family and find a wife there.

The Result of Rebekah’s Intercession

Leadership Because Rebekah interceded on behalf of Jacob the spiritual leadership was transferred to him from Isaac as God intended.  This transference would not have taken place as such if she had not intervened.  It was Jacob’s divine mission to become the spiritual leader of the family because he was a righteous man.

God uses us, like He used Rebekah here.  When we interceded on behalf of others, blessings come into their lives and we may even be helping them start their divine mission.  Intercession is not something to be taken lightly because it can ultimately change someone’s life!

“O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray to the LORD day and night for the fulfillment of his promises.” ~ Isaiah 62:2

Blessings,

Regina

Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thank you for intercessors such as Rebekah whose eyes were not dim nor were her senses easy to be deceived.  I ask you now to raise up the intercessors you seek, not our will Lord, but Your will be done.  Teach us to pray, Lord.  Send Your Divine Wisdom to us in order to help us pray correctly so that we do not hinder Your work.  Thank you for the call of intercession!  Thank you for  the blessings You give to us not because we deserve them, but because You love us!  In Jesus name.  Amen!

 

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About Pastor Regina

Pastor Regina Sanders is a wife, mother, pastor, author, and teacher of Scripture. In January 2016 the Lord blessed her with an international satellite radio broadcast, allowing her to be heard beyond the borders of the United States. She was heard in places such as Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada. This broadcast lasted only about 4 ½ months as she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer in May of 2016. Pastor Regina smiles and says, “God has a sense of humor. I was teaching a group about coming out of their shell of introversion. I was writing another book on this topic, and I had this radio broadcast, as well as, my weekly YouTube uploads, and I found myself in the hospital for 11 days. Upon coming home, I found myself either in the bed or on the couch unable to continue with the tasks I had before me. Lord, you healed me of introversion, and I find myself feeling completely isolated…” Today, Pastor Regina shares her journey through the valley of the shadow of death.
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