Tofunmi, our 4-year old daughter and I were watching the story of Jacob and Esau on the Child’s Bible app yesterday when my inner eyes opened to some truths I knew but did not know.
Jacob stole the blessing meant for Esau his older brother, with the aid of his mother, who must have understood that words are not just words. On the face of it, all Isaac did was lay hands on Jacob and make pronouncements over him but in reality, unseen, powerful forces were activated.
Jacob successfully receives the spoken words from his Father. Esau comes in, hoping to receive the blessing. Isaac replied to this effect, “Oh my goodness! I have already blessed him and without fail, he shall be blessed.” If the pronouncements on Jacob were mere words, Isaac could have simply said, “Oh I am so sorry, Esau. Naughty Jacob…” and proceed to make the same pronouncements on Esau. Isaac knew that when he spoke, powerful forces were set in motion that were no longer within his control. Spiritually, the deed was done.
After Esau pleaded, Isaac went on to say, “Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?” Isaac considered that he had made Jacob Lord, given him servants, sustained him with corn and wine! Just by speaking?