30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” “I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!” 34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!” 35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.” 36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?” 37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. 39 His father Isaac answered him, “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. 40 You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”
Verse 37 fascinates me. Isaac’s blessing of Jacob is definite. What Jacob has pronounced will come to pass – Jacob will be Lord over Esau, with all his relatives his servants, sustained with grain and new wine. In this passage there is a serious and significant power to the spoken word, especially from Isaac. It’s a great contrast to our modern day experience with words. Words are cheap, and there are lots of them in circulation no matter where you turn.
This passage causes me to reflect on the use of my words – if my words had the power to create such life-giving blessing (or otherwise create the opposite), how would I choose to speak? The truth is, the bible does elsewhere say my words have the power of life and death. I must choose to bring life, give life, and sustain life in those I speak to.
Lord, I need your help to keep speaking life-giving blessing through my words. Let my words carry such power from you, amen.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh