Still on the hunter’s matter….
…….a continuation from last week’s post…..
Years after this, Isaac was now old and had become blind. He knew his time was near and so called his favourite son; Esau, to get him an animal and cook the best meal for him so he could give him his blessings.
“Son!” he said, “Yes,” Esau answered. Cook me some of that tasty food that I like, and bring it to me. After I have eaten it, I will give you my final blessing before I die.”
Rebecca eavesdropped and passed on the message to Jacob “listen to me and do what I say. Go to the flock and pick out two fat young goats, so that I can cook them and make some of that food your father likes so much. You can take it to him to eat, and he will give you his blessing before he dies.” Jacob wasn’t cool with the idea but she convinced him enough.
Rebecca made the food and made Jacob take it to his father.
Isaac asked a lot of questions to ensure he wasn’t deceived.
Although Jacob got prepared thanks to his mother.
He could feel it deep within him that something just was not right. After the interview, he ate the meal and gave all of his blessings to Isaac that was after he told him to kiss him so he could smell him and also felt his skin.
When Esau discovered that he had been cheated, he was furious and it felt like his life was over. How was he going to live to serve his younger brother?
Esau asked his father if he had any blessings for him
And the most interesting thing was that Isaac had no blessings left for Esau but something that seemed to me like a curse
“No dew from Heaven for you,
No fertile fields for you.
You will live by your sword,
But be your brother’s slave.
Yet when you rebel,
You will break away from his control.” (Genesis 27:39-40)
Esau was furious and immediately wanted to kill his brother. Rebekah realised all that was happening and sent Jacob to her brother Laban to stay for a while till the storm at home settled.
He was devastated, broken, no! shattered would do.
He was shattered to his marrows. He just could not believe that his own Mother, the one who carried him for nine months together with his brother, his blood, the one he shared the womb with could do such to him.
Anger became the air that he breathed and he had to revel. That was what was going to break the curse.
He walked the paths one morning and overheard some of the market women gossip about him. One said she felt pity towards him and the other said he deserved it because he was just too proud.
The atmosphere in the house changed after that day. With Jacob absent from the house and Rebekah living in fear for what she had done to her son, Isaac on the other hand just wanted his final day to come so he could leave the trouble and go to be at peace with his maker.
Esau put all of his anger into making a name for himself. More of his anger went into his hunting. He caught the best animals in the whole of Beersheba and soon, he began having customers from far and near and his name spread like wildfire all over the nation as the best hunter there ever was.
Twenty years went by like a swift wind. 60 years old Esau began retiring from his passion (hunting) and was still worried sick about his brother. Though he heard rumours about how his uncle Laban treated him badly and how he prospered still.
One day, he received a letter from his brother saying he wanted to make peace. He was so happy he immediately wrote to him saying he could not wait to see him.
They made peace with each other and decided to live together.
They both grew rich, and prospered in all ways to the extent that the land they occupied was not enough for their families.
The Bible puts it that “Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the people of his house, along with all his livestock and all the possessions he had gotten in the land of Canaan, and went away from his brother Jacob to another land. He left because the land where he and Jacob were living was not able to support them; they had too much livestock and could no longer stay together”. Genesis 36:6-7 GNT.
See this: Esau could have decided that his life was over. He could have given up on amounting to anything in life. But the Bible recorded that in his own time, he became the Ancestor of a Nation and even when the time came for reconciliation between he and his brother, he accepted him wholeheartedly without keeping any grudge.
He made sure he did not live a life of mediocrity or pity.
It does not matter the mistakes you might have made that might have seemed to change the future God has for you. All you need to do is retrace your steps and become what you believe.
……..faith it till you make it….. (New slogan..lol)