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Living by Faith (Vol 42) - Isaac's Faith

Sunday English Service - 09 JUNE 19

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Hebrews chapter 11 verse 20. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. we've been studying Hebrews chapter 11 and we've been talking about the life of faith. We just got through a big section which taught about Abraham from verse 8 to verse 19. The big chunk of chapter 11 is about Abraham because he's the father of all those who believe. And we looked at the four stages of Abraham's faith and learned a lot from it. Now, we're moving on to Isaac. And concerning Isaac, a very brief little verse here, and it says, “By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.” Now, at the outset, it looks like there is nothing there to learn, but there is something to learn there. That is why it is mentioned here. It mentions that by faith Isaac blessed Esau and Jacob concerning things to come.

Isaac is a very interesting character. Of the four patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, Isaac lived the longest. But yet, only two chapters are there in the book of Genesis concerning him, whereas about Abraham there’re 12 chapters, about Jacob and Joseph there’re 12 chapters each nearly. But about Isaac, there's only two chapters, chapter 26 and 27. And there is a brief mention in chapter 25 and 28 in a few verses concerning Isaac. Apart from that, if you take it as a chapter, only two chapters are devoted to him in the book of Genesis. And out of that, in this one verse, where he says, “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come,” that event where Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau is covered in chapter 27. And we're going to look at chapter 27. You may keep that ready with you because this event actually took place there.

Now, in order to understand what Hebrews 11:20 is talking about, you need to understand there are two keys to it. One is found in Genesis chapter 25, the last few verses, just before chapter 26 begins. Genesis chapter 25, verse 22 please. Let me read from verse 21. Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her… Listen to this. Something happening in her womb, the two children. She's going to have twins and they're struggling. It seems like both the kids in the womb are struggling. And she's asking the Lord, “What is happening? Why am I like this?” And the Lord gives her a great revelation concerning the children's destiny. He says, “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.”  This is one key. That is before Esau and Jacob were born, God revealed to Rebecca their destiny. Something very special about them, God revealed. And what is special? It says, “Two nations are in your womb. Two people shall be separated from your body. One will be stronger than the other. And the older shall serve the younger.”

The other key is found in chapter 27 verses 3 and 4. Actually, in verse 1, we're told that Isaac has now become old, his eyes were dim so that he could not see. And so, he calls his older son, Esau and tells him that he is old and he doesn't know when he's going to die. Any day he may die. So, in verse 3 we read, “Now therefore,” he tells him, “please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me. And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.” Now, I read to you first chapter 25 where there is a revelation of the destiny of the two kids, and then I read this to you. If you understood what I read first, then you'll have a question here. What is the first thing that I read say? The first thing that I read said there are two nations going to come out of her womb, and one shall be stronger than the other. The older shall serve the younger. That means the younger will have a greater blessing, greater purpose and a greater destiny than the older. That has been revealed.

See, God had to always do that. When things started with Adam, there was Cain and Abel. And the righteous seed came through Abel, not Cain the older, the younger. God had to choose between the two. So, the righteous line came through Abel. Then in Noah’s days, Noah had three sons, Japheth was older but God chose Shem. And through him, the righteous seed, or righteous line, came. Righteous line means through Abel only the Messiah is going to come, through Shem only the Messiah is going to come. Remember to the devil, God actually said, “I'll put enmity between your seed and her Seed, and He will bruise your head and you will bruise His heel.” That was the promise of the coming Messiah, the first promise in Genesis 3:15.

After that, God had to show very clearly which line is it through which this Messiah is going to come. So, it is through Abel, then in Noah’s days He shows that it's not through Japheth the older but Shem the younger. And then in Abraham's day again, there were two sons, there was Ishmael, you remember? And then there is Isaac. And Abraham actually offers Ishmael one time. He says, “Lord, I'll just do my best with this guy. I'm 99 years old. Why do you want to give me a child now? Let's do whatever You want to do with this child?” God said, “No, no, no. You're going to have a child through Sarah. And only through that child, only through Isaac shall your seed be.” That’s a very important verse that is referred to in Romans also. Paul makes sure he mentions that, “In Isaac shall your seed be.” That means only through Isaac shall the Messiah come.

Now, Isaac has two sons. God is now again choosing the younger. Why God is choosing always seemingly wrongly? We think the older must have precedence over the younger, the older must be preferred over the younger. If we were allowed to choose, we’ll give preference to the older because he's older. Even in the biblical days, the older had more preference, the older had a birthright in which he was guaranteed double the property, spiritual leadership of the family, and all these things were the birthright of the older son. But in spite of that, God chooses the younger. You got to remember that you need to read the Bible with a redemptive background. You need to understand redemption, Jesus, and all of these things in order to read the Old Testament. Generally, the Bible must be understood only in view of the redemption.

That is why when I taught about Abraham going to offer his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, that story will be a really terrible story if it was not looked at with a view of redemption. If you don't know or if you don't believe that 2,000 years later, that God was going to arrange for God's only Son, His beloved Son, not Abraham’s son but God's Son 2,000 years later, is going to be sacrificed on the very mount Moriah where Jerusalem will be located, He’ll be sacrificed there on our behalf. And God took Abraham all the way there three-days’ journey, in order to just show him that he's going to give His Son one day. He wanted to specify the place where He will give Him and this revelation concerning the cross, and the giving of Jesus for our sins must be given. That is why that story is told. The whole purpose of the story is not so that Abraham can offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. The whole purpose of going there, trying to offer his son as God told him, was to get a revelation of redemption. If you leave redemption out and try to understand the story, it will be meaningless story. In the same way, when you don't look at these things in view of redemption story, you will not understand it.

So, why is God always seeming to make the wrong choice? Leaving the older out, always going for the younger? In David's case, he was the youngest of the eight and Samuel, the prophet, comes home and he wants to see the sons. And one by one they're paraded before prophet Samuel so that he can choose one as the king. And everybody expected that it must be certainly one of the older ones because they've got the height, they've got the weight, they've got the looks, and they've got the fitness. They are all army men. I've told you already when I read a book on success many years ago when I was in college, it said, height is very important. I was heartbroken. I thought God has done me wrong, He should have given me at least four or five inches more. And I would've done a lot better, I would have had a greater future. I regretted the fact that I did not have height and I didn't know what I was going to do without height, how I was ever going to make it in this world. Only later on I found out that height means nothing, faith means everything. Height without faith is useless. I've seen a lot of height without faith it's useless but with faith, height or no height, it doesn't matter. Height is not such a big thing.

So, everybody expected that one of those guys tall, handsome, good looking, fit for war type of guys will be chosen as king. But Samuel says, “No. None of these guys are selected. God has someone else in mind.” And they call finally David who’s a musician. He's like one of those rock musicians with long hair and shaking his head and that kind of guitarist type of guy. They go get him because he is insignificant in his home. He’s taking care of a few sheep. That's his job. He’s out there writing songs, singing songs and enjoying himself. He is more like a hippie guy. He is the happy type that just likes to hang out there in the woods, and write songs and so on. They go get him. Nobody expected that they're going to choose this 16-year-old young boy to be the next king. And Samuel says, “This is the one.” And everybody says, “This is the wrong choice. God is always going for the wrong one. The fittest ones are here. How come God chooses this?”

You need to understand it in terms of redemption. What is the Bible trying to teach by showing that every time that what you think is not fit, God is choosing because the Bible wants to teach grace? It is saying it is not your fitness, it is not your height, it is not your weight, it is not your education. It is not your fitness for the job. It is God will bless whoever He will bless. It is the grace of God. It is the absolute grace of God. Why did God choose Abraham? Nobody can answer the question because there is no reason for God to choose Abraham other than the reason that God's grace. That's all. God simply chose a man and he happened to be Abraham. The grace of God is like that. So, God has made the choice, Jacob is going to be the one through whom Jesus is going to be born. So, he's got a greater destiny and a greater blessing and so on.

But now, look at what Isaac is doing. See, Isaac has become spiritually dull. His sight has dimmed, but also his spiritual senses also have dimmed. He’s become less of a spiritual person. He’s more interested in hunting and eating meat that comes from hunting. He’s become more of a carnal kind of a person, interested in carnal pursuits like hunting and eating and all that, not very aware of the destiny of his children, and the eternal destiny that God has for them. And the role that he's supposed to play and his children are supposed to play in God's plan. He's not even thinking about it. God has given a great revelation to Rebecca. You think Rebecca didn't tell them? You can't tell a woman something and tell her not to tell the husband or anybody. She would have told him and she would have told everybody. Immediately after the revelation was given, after the children were born, you can immediately see Rebecca siding with Jacob. She likes Jacob, because she knows he's got a greater destiny. She's done the right party. She’s going to come to power join with this guy. He's going to become somebody great.

But Isaac seems to like Esau. Why? The reason is very silly. The reason is that he's a good hunter. He can get him good meat. Now, and then he can come up with excellent curry. Have you gone hunting and eat meat that comes from hunting? My mother's side, they used to do that. And once you eat that, you'd want more and more of it. You become like Esau. And he's more interested in that and he's become very carnal. He’s just interested in eating and hunting and that kind of a thing. So, he likes Esau. He doesn't care about God's eternal purpose, his great role in it, and the eternal destiny that God has for them. And all of these things are not coming to his mind, he has completely forgotten all of them. Therefore, when he got old, and his eyes have dimmed, and he thinks he's going to die any moment, he calls Esau and says, “Son, go get yourself some meat. Let's eat, I'm going to eat. And after I eat, I'm going to bless you.” He’s completely off the mark. He’s going to bless Esau, not Jacob, with the blessing that God intended for Jacob. The blessing must go to Jacob not Esau, but he's going to arrange to give that to Esau.

And lo and behold, Rebecca heard it. And she called Jacob and she said, “Look, your father, this old man in his old age is arranging to give the blessing to his beloved son, Esau. He's not thinking spiritually; he’s not thinking about what God has in plan. So, you go get yourself some goat, and I will make you some nice meat. And you take it to him and you act like you are Esau, deceive him. Tell him that you are Esau and act like him. And make sure that you get the blessing because God intended the blessing for you. We are only doing God's will. So, all this deception is not wrong because we're doing God's will.” The problem is, God who willed it can also bring it to pass in the right way. Not in the deceptive way, in the right way. If she had left it to God to work it out, the One who planned it will also be able to orchestrate it very well. He would have done it neatly. But she did it. And as a result, this guy had to leave home for 20 years, he got to go live with his uncle, a terrible uncle. I hope nobody has an uncle like that. 20 years and married his two daughters and had heaps of trouble and came back after 20 years of suffering with his uncle, you know.

So, she arranged for Jacob to deceive Esau and take the blessing. And you read the story in chapter 27 in verse 26 onwards. Very interesting, very intriguing story, complicated story. Listen to this. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near now and kiss me, my son.” Now, this guy goes and tells his father who can hardly see, tells him that he’s Esau. And the father is not able to believe. It's a very strange family. The father doesn't believe the son, the son doesn't believe the father. The mother does things behind the husband's back. All four people and going in four directions. But God has no choice… only this family. I'm amazed at God. He can take some useless people, some unworthy people, unfit people, and still carry out His work wonderfully and gloriously. And He can transform them also. Now, Jacob was a deceiver, terrible fellow. He’s a wheeler-dealer.. He is a guy that will take you for a ride. He made his brother sell his birthright, his right to double the property and his right to leadership at the home, family and all that. He made him sell it for just a pot of stew. Just a little bit of food. He made himself that so cheap, and got that. That kind of a guy.

So, this is a useless fellow, but God took him. In the end, God changed him also. And his whole name was changed to Israel, and God is known as the God of Jacob. And the whole descendants of Abraham are now called Israel by that name. That name began to have such prominence because it is all about how God took a useless, worthless, deceiving, cunning, crafty fellow, and changed him into a spiritual man who understands God's purposes, and worked with God. So, that's all God’s got and God is working with his family.

So, he goes, goes to Esau and Isaac says, “Come near now and kiss me, my son.” And why is he calling near because he wants to smell him. He wants to feel him to see if that was Esau. And look at verse 27. He came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said: “Surely, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed. Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, and let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be those who bless you!” So, verse 27 to 29 is the blessing that was pronounced upon Jacob by Isaac, unknowingly. This is the blessing that actually belongs to Jacob according to God's plan. Isaac was going to give it to Esau, the fellow who he liked, but it so happened that he ended up giving it to Jacob by way of deception.

Next verse, verse 30. Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.” And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.” And Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him— and indeed he shall be blessed.” When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me— me also, O my father!” But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.” And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times.” First time he took his birthright, now he cheated him out of this. “He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?” And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me— me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. Then Isaac his father answered and said to him. 

Now, he blesses and speaks these words over Esau. “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.” Exactly what God had said to Rebecca at the time when God revealed the two children's destiny, has been spoken over both of them now. Jacob has been given his portion of blessing, Esau has been told now that he will serve the younger, and so on. Exactly like God planned the destiny, things have happened.

Now, this is a very remarkable story, really. Isaac seems like he has lost all sense of spirituality. He is not thinking about God's plan, God's purposes, what God has revealed and all that, he only cares about hunting and food and all that. But now, after he blessed Jacob and then Esau came in, and he realized that this has happened, that God's purposes have been carried out, but a deception also has happened, his reaction was in verse 33 it says, Isaac trembled exceedingly. In Tamil two words are used – brammithu nadungi. Brammithu is a very unusual word. It means he was awestruck, astonished, literally. And then he trembled. Here, it says, “He trembled exceedingly.” There it says, “He was awestruck, astonished and trembled.” Why? Some people say, “Well, he was awestruck, astonished and trembled means that he was awestruck and astonished because Jacob has done this to him. He was angry with him and trembling because of his anger.” Others have said, “He was trembling because he was afraid of what might happen to him, because Esau might now do something against Isaac now. Turn against his father, because he's given away the blessing. So, he was afraid of what Esau might do to him.” But really, those explanations do not fit the situation.

Why would he be awestruck and be astonished and tremble? What is there to be awestruck and to be astonished and tremble? Therefore, the greatest Bible teachers are telling us that that means that Isaac, who did not have sharp spiritual senses, was a very carnal person, who was not understanding God's purpose, did not care about God's purposes all this while, all of a sudden, began to remember what God has spoken through Rebecca and what it meant. The significance of it, and how that purpose has been carried out, even though it is through deception. How that purpose has been carried out. There is a proverb in chapter 19 verse 21, it says, “Many are the thoughts of men, but it is only God's plan that will be established.” We think many things we’ll do this; we’ll go there, we’ll be this and that and so on. But only God's plans are established. He realizes how amazingly, astonishingly and wonderfully God's plan has been brought to pass, even though he wished to give this to his son, even though he was not even thinking of it as a very significant thing, to give it to Jacob. Somehow it has been arranged and it has gone to Jacob, therefore he was awestruck and astonished. In a moment's time, he became spiritually awakened in other words. This carnal man began to think spiritually, all of a sudden began to see God at work, God's purposes at work, how God is carrying out His plan, and purpose.

So, this is the basic story here. Now, in this whole story, there's a lot of things to understand. It says that Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come, and he did it by faith. By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. In other words, I'll say it in another way so you'll understand. Isaac spoke words of blessing over his sons, prophetically. He spoke what is going to happen to their life prophetically. He literally by speaking, he prophesied literally or prophetically spoke words over his sons and their destinies. Now, he spoke blessing over them, it says. Now, God is a God who uses blessing very much. A blessing is a tremendous theme in the Bible, if you look at it. The very first time the word blessing occurs, is in chapter 1 of Genesis, where you find that God made the fish of the sea and the birds of the air. And as soon as He got through making the fish and the birds, He blesses them, I think it's verse 21 and 22. He blessed them, it says. And then it says, how He blessed them. He blessed them saying, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the sea.” He said to the fish, “and fill the air,” He said to the birds.

So, there in the first occurrence of the word blessing, you find a lot about blessing. One great truth about blessing is blessing is released by speaking. And it's very powerful. Before those 20 verses there in 1st chapter, all the other verses there, most of the verses, except the first two are having to do with God spoke and it came to pass. God said, and it was so. These two lines come one after the other again, and again and again, about half a dozen times. God said, “Let there be light.” God said, “Let there be firmament.” God said, “Let there be herbs and fruit yielding trees and so on.” God said, “Let there be sun, moon and the stars.” God said, God said. And every time God said something, it is followed by it was so. And then it is followed by it is good, and it was good. These three lines come again and again. It’s very important in the first chapter. Those three things are the message from the 1st chapter. God said, and it was so and it was good. So, whatever he said, came to pass, and whatever came to pass, by His speaking was good.

Now, God is speaking. Now God is speaking saying, “Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish.” And that is why the sea as the fish, replenish there, sea is filled with fish, and the air is filled with birds. And then later on, he blesses man, he says the same thing basically, “Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish and then adds two more which shows the difference between man animals, that is subdue and dominate. Man is given two very different capabilities that is to subdue and dominate over all the rest of the creation. But look at how blessing is released. Blessing is released by speaking. And this is a very tremendous truth. Do you know that you and I can release blessing through speaking? You can speak blessings, and it will be so because you and I are made in the image and likeness of God… this is an amazing truth. A lot of people don't realize that. You and I are made in the image and likeness of God, it’s unbelievable. People find it incredible that God has given such status to man, that man can speak, and it will be so that is why Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea,’ and shall not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things that he says, will come to pass, he shall have whatever he says.” Hello, I preached it so many times. He shall have whatever he says. He's talking about any man, “Whosoever shall speak to the mountain, he shall have whatever he says.”

That principle still holds. God has put such power in man. As a human being is made in the image and likeness of God, in many ways, man is like God. And one of the ways that man is like God is that man creates his world, his life, and brings to order everything in his life through the words of his mouth. The words of man carry such power. To think about it, it is an amazing truth. Blessing is such a power. Once the blessing is released through words, once you speak blessing, it's like a missile, it goes out, and it gets the job done. In the Psalms we read words are like arrows, once you release it, that's where you got to be careful before you release it. You release some word against some man, or some woman, you release it, you can’t say, “No, no, no, I take it back.” People say, “I take it back.” But you can't really take it back. It goes and hits them. It goes and hits the target. It goes and does the job. That's why you got to be careful opening the mouth and speaking. But when words are released by a man, it's so powerful.

Now, you may say, “Well, God releases words, and it's powerful. How can you say man’s word can be so powerful? Man's words can be powerful. If the words are from God, even though mouth is his, the words are powerful. “That is, when a man believes God's word, and speaks what God has said, then the word since it belongs to God, and it comes from God, even though man, a human being has spoken, since the word comes from God and belongs to God, it carries the power. Man is only the one who releases it. He’s just like a gun who releases the words. The words are powerful. Words created the universe. Everything that you see today came from words, it is a word-made world.

So, blessings can be spoken. That is why that little words in Hebrews 11:20 is so important. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the things to come. If you want to put it very simply it says, “By faith,” because Isaac believed in the destiny that God has planned or even though he was a carnal man at that time, when he was astonished and awestruck and looked at what has happened. He never really retreated from it. He never withdrew from it. He went on. He told his son, Esau, “Look, I've given the blessing to him. This is all I have. I can't give it to you. It's been released. It's gone. The words are gone. I can't get it back. It’s powerful. I’ve released a blessing. It's finished.” He refuses to oblige him. He refuses to bless him with that blessing because that blessing is gone out already. When he spoke it, it's gone out, it's already working in Jacob's life.

What has he spoken? What is the blessing that he spoke about? The blessing that I just read that he spoke to Jacob. It's a blessing that's the same as Abrahamic blessing. It doesn’t say it there in those verses in chapter 27, we read verses 27, 28 and 29, where Isaac speaks the blessing over Jacob…it doesn't say, it's Abraham's blessing. But again, in chapter 28, Isaac blesses Jacob. There it is mentioned that it is Abraham's blessing specifically. In chapter 28, in the first few verses, you see Jacob departing from his house, he's got to run from his house now because his brother's going to kill him. So, he's getting ready to go, and the father and mother are sending him off. So, the father again blesses him because he's going to his uncle's house.

And at that time, if you look at chapter 28 verse 3, these are the words that Isaac spoke over Jacob. He said, “May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples,” that you will be many people, that is, “and give you the blessing of Abraham.” So, Isaac believes, the blessing that is given to Jacob is the blessing of Abraham. “To you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.” Now, what is the blessing of Abraham? You can talk about the blessing of Abraham in so many different ways, and we've done it. The blessing of Abraham is spiritual, physical, it has to do with the spirit, soul, the body, the work of His hands, social life. God gave victory over his enemies and everything. So, the blessing has many dimensions. It has spiritual and material aspects and so on. You can describe it in those many ways.

But if you want to put the blessing of Abraham in one word, how would you put it? What is the blessing of Abraham? After studying about the blessing of Abraham, I would put it in this word. What is the blessing of Abraham? I say, the blessing of Abraham is Christ. Nothing greater than that can be the blessing of Abraham. The greatest thing that was promised Abraham was that, that he will be a forefather of Jesus Himself. That Jesus will be born as a son of Abraham one day. So, the blessing of Abraham is Jesus. Now, in that Jesus, every blessing is there. So, don't worry about all the other blessings. When you got Jesus, you got everything. So, the blessing of Abraham is Jesus.

And Paul says in Galatians chapter 3, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, as it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree, so that the blessing of Abraham can come to the Gentiles, through Jesus Christ. Amazing truth. The blessing of Abraham that was passed down from Abraham to Isaac, from Isaac to Jacob, and Jacob to Joseph, and from Joseph to… there’re so many people that became the nation. And Jesus was born as a Jew, as a seed of Abraham. And that blessing that covered them, that protected them, that blessed them, that prospered them, that gave the victory over their enemies, that put everything that they’ve put their hands to a success that made everything that they’ve put their hand to a success. The blessing of Abraham is a famous thing. It manifested itself physically, materially, mentally, socially, in every way. That blessing of Abraham, is all encapsuled in Jesus Christ. Packed and given through Jesus Christ. That is the essence of the blessing of Abraham.

So, what Jacob got was the blessing of Abraham, clearly mentioned here. That is the thing that makes it so special. That is why this blessing that Jacob got was superior to the blessing that Esau got. Esau didn't get that privilege of being the forefather of Jesus. In Isaac shall your seed be and then after Isaac it was Jacob. It is not Abraham, Ishmael and Esau, it is Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that is how the line runs. What a blessing. It’s the greatest privilege and blessing it has been given to Jacob. Isaac believes it. When he spoke it, he believed that what he spoke is going to come to pass. When he spoke it, he not only saw Jacob being there, and his mother, sons are bowing down before him, that he will be master over the brethren. Nations bow down to you. Look at the blessing of Jacob, in verses 27, 28, 29. Nations will bow before you. Those things can never be fulfilled in Jacob’s time. Nations will bow before you, never happened to Jacob. Nations will bow before you happens only through Jesus Christ. Nations will bow, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. It will happen only through Jesus Christ.

So, the blessing that was pronounced upon Jacob was not only a blessing that had elements that will be fulfilled in his lifetime, it had many elements that will be fulfilled long time later, thousands of years later in and through Jesus Christ. It was fulfilled when Jesus came, He died on the cross. And the gospel has been preached to Gentiles, they've all become Abraham's children, received the blessing of Abraham. Now, it's still being fulfilled, and it will be fulfilled till the end, when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, nations shall bow. So, you got to have real farsightedness to see these things. If you are only able to see your life and your few years on this earth, you won't understand this. So, Isaac sees it. That is why it says by faith. By faith, Isaac sees it, believes it, even though there was nothing in his life at that time that shows that this is possible, that this is going to happen. Just like his father, who saw the day of Jesus and rejoiced in it, Isaac began to see nations bowing before Jacob and his Seed after him, Jesus. He saw people coming to Jesus, nations coming to Jesus. He saw every knee bowing and every tongue confessing that Jesus is Lord. He saw all of those things. He saw all the aspects of the blessing that was pronounced, the immediate and the ones that were to be fulfilled later on. And he could see all of that happening. That is why it is appropriate to say by faith. By faith Isaac blessed. When he spoke, he was believing it.

Now God always does things and when He does things, He always first sends His word. And through sending His word only, He does things. He sent Jesus. But before He sent Jesus, how many prophets He sent? How many words have been sent? How many times He had men speak about Jesus coming into this world? How many prophets spoke where He will be born, how He will be born, how He will die, how He will be risen again, what will happen, how His kingdom will come and will be the established forever and all of that? All of that has been spoken. This is how God operates. He sends His word and then everything that the word has said happens. He first sends His word. And now, God is using Jacob because God has a big plan, long term goal, going into thousands of years. God has a plan and He’s putting words into Isaac's mouth, and Isaac is speaking, believing and speaking blessings that will happen. Opens his mouth, and utters these blessings. Knowing that God is able to bring to pass these things, even after he's dead. He’s at the verge of death, he’s already very old. He knows that he may be gone, but God is there. He will fulfill it. That's faith. Amen. God will bring it to pass. God will do the things that He has promised.

Now, let me quickly share something very important about this. Now, you see Isaac blessing his sons by faith, and speaking prophetically about their future concerning things to come he blessed, it says. That tells me how we need to speak blessings over our children concerning things to come. This is something that you cannot foregowithout concentrating a little bit and looking at it. If God gave only one little verse to Rebecca and Isaac saying, “There'll be two nations coming out of you, one will be greater than the other. The  shall rule the older. Only that he could speak.” But look at the Bible we have today. Look at all that is written about what our children shall be. Have you ever read the Bible? Just read the Bible. This is the way you need to look at the Bible. Look at the Bible. Talking about the seed of the righteous. Look at the Bible. Read the Bible and see what it says about the man who fears the Lord and walks by his ways and how he will be blessed. His descendants will be blessed and what will happen to them, what the children will be like.

All of these things are put there. Why? So that we may believe. We may take a hold of them. And we may begin to speak, just like Isaac spoke prophetically. “But Christians are always going to a prophet.” Everybody except them is a prophet, they think. That's the problem with Christians. I tell the Christians, “You are the prophet of your own life.” I am the prophet in my family. You are the prophet in your family. God has put you there. God has given you the words. God has revealed His word, the destiny that He has for the people who believe in Him. The future that He has, for those who trust in Him. God wants you to take these words and speak them over your children, over your descendants, your grandchildren, great grandchildren if you have. God wants you to use them. That is what I see when I read, “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.” Tells me not only Isaac can bless His children concerning things to come, I can bless my children concerning things to come. I ought to be doing it.

Can I give you some little bit of coaching to do it? Can I get you into doing it? I'll give you some verses. Quickly we’ll read some verses and we'll finish with that. Turn with me to Isaiah chapter 54. Everybody. I see some young people saying, “Well, I don't even have children, brother, what are you talking about? So, this sermon is not for me.” No, one day you will have children. So, start saying it now itself. So, when the children come it'll be good. You're already ready and producing some results there. Isaiah chapter 54. Let me show you what we must speak about our children. These are things that every parent should speak about their children, prophetically. Your homes should be sounded with these words. See, parents are good at worrying about the children and preachers never say anything about it. In fact, if you didn’t worry, they’ll say, “You’re not worried anything?” It means you're not a human being at all, you're not worrying about your son or daughter or anything. So, some people worry, worry, worry and they think it's only natural to worry about the children. “Worry doesn't change anything,” the Bible says. Some people go to the other extreme. They will talk all negative about their children. “If he goes this way, I don't know where he's going to end up.” That kind of talk. There are some that do that. But most people don't do that. Most people just express some kind of a concern, worry, some kind of anxiety about their children because they're not studying well or they’re not doing well they’re kind of wayward a little bit and they're not doing the right thing. They express all kinds of worry about their children, when they grow up.

But look at what the Bible says you should do instead of worrying, instead of being filled with anxiety, instead of talking negatively about your children, every day, I challenge you, you speak that. You will see your home turn to a little heaven very soon. You start it now you will see it happen. God has given these words so that you can take them and put them in your mouth and release them like missiles towards your problems, towards your difficulties and the challenges that you're facing. And see these words come to pass. These words are not given to just give us some history about somebody. These are given for us to make use of these words. That is why the Psalmist says, “Your words are like honey in my mouth.” A lot of people don't have the word in their mouth at all. It’s in the Bible and the Bible is next to their head while they sleep. Psalmist says, “I know how to practice this thing. I know I meditate upon that, I put it in my mouth. It's better than honey.”

Look at this. Let's read it. Isaiah 54:13. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. Now, the word peace is shalom. Shalom is a very important word. In Israel if you go, they use like hello. Everybody they see they say, “Shalom.” What does shalom mean? Shalom literally means nothing broken, nothing missing. One evangelist went there and came back with this news that he got a brochure there and it described what Shalom means to the tourists. It meant nothing broken, nothing missing. That means everything is in place. Whatever you need to have you have, and whatever you have is not broken. Nothing wrong with you, everything is going well with you. Sometimes it is translated as prosperity. It doesn't just mean money. It means well-being in every area of your life. It is general well-being. So, when they say, “Shalom,” it means nothing missing, nothing broken. And the Bible says here that your children shall be taught by the Lord and because they're taught by the Lord, great shall be their well-being. Great shall be the well-being of your children.

Now, everybody say with me, “My children shall be taught by the Lord. Great will be their well-being. Great will be there shalom. They will be well. Everything will be well with them.” On Saturdays, we're praying using the word of God and I'm teaching how to pray using things like this. You need to pray like this, you need to speak like this. These are the words. All of a sudden, your whole house will turn into a little heaven. When you use these words, see what happens. The whole atmosphere will change. Isaiah 59:21. “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

Everybody say, the Spirit of God that is upon me and the words of God that's in my mouth shall not depart from me, nor from the mouth of my descendants, nor from the mouth of my descendants’ descendants, from this time forevermore. Say that all the time. Speak that out, and proclaim that. By faith you say it. Psalm 102:28. “The children of your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.” Children will be established. Psalm 112 is something that I've taught, that whole Psalm I taught once. And it begins like this. Praise the Lord! In Tamil it begins with the word hallelujah. So, I told the people why we should say hallelujah. Hallelujah is not simply hallelujah. Like one lady said, “I was waiting in the bus stand, hallelujah.” No, it's not like that. It's not flippantly used. It's used with a meaning. It is celebrating God's blessings. Praise the Lord or hallelujah. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. Everybody say, hallelujah. That's why you say hallelujah. Why? Because, blessed is the man who fears the Lord and delights greatly in his commandments. And then look at this, his descendants, hello, your children, his descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Yeah. Hello? What happened to the rest of you? The descendants will be mighty on earth, the generation of the upright will be blessed. I don't know why people don't say that over their house, over their children, over their descendants. We're missing something. We have not realized what it means to speak by faith concerning things to come. God says these things. These are the promises of God. Back to Isaiah. Isaiah has a lot of verses. Isaiah 44 and verse 3 to 5. For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the great dry ground; I will pour My spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. When God pours His Spirit on your descendants and blessing on your offspring, your children and grandchildren, what will happen? Look at the next verse. ‘They will spring up among the grass like willows by the watercourses.’ One will say, ‘I am the Lord's; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; another will write with his hand, ‘The Lord's,’ and name himself by the name of Israel. You will have children like that. Children who will say, ‘I am the Lord's,’ before this world. Children who call themselves by the name of Jacob. Children who will write with their hands saying that they belong to the Lord and named themselves by the name of Israel. Right?

Isaiah 61. Just keep these verses with you. It's good to have them ready and begin to speak them. As you speak them, these will become part of you and these will come to your memory and you can speak them all the time. Declare them over your house and over your children. 8. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and I will make with them an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.” Amen. Everybody will say they’re blessed. “Oh, they are blessed children.” Amen? But before everybody says, you got to say it. Some people say, “Well, when everybody says that brother, I will also say it.” Well, that's not how it works. Only if you take the tonic you will be healed. When doctor gives you medicine, are you going to say, “When I'm well I'll take it”? No. Only if you take it you will be well. This is like that. What comes first you must understand.

Chapter 65 of Isaiah, verse 23. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble. Oh, what a verse. WhatsApp you get a lot of news. Some people treat WhatsApp like Bible. And most of the WhatsApp news is about married men suffering. Have you ever noticed that? They’re spreading bad news the worst way possible. All the things that married men go through, the poor man, they are just battered everywhere. The troubles of a married man is a famous theme in WhatsApp. And then they talk about those who have children and all the troubles they go through having children and so on. But that's not Bible. Look at the Bible. I will read the Bible to you. Verse 23, they shall not labor in vain. You're working, you're not working in vain. It's not going to go to waste. Nor bring forth children for trouble. You're not going to bear children, just to get trouble and get them into trouble and get trouble for yourself. For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. Amen. Speak that. I don't work for waste and I don't bear children for trouble. I bear them because they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord. Amen. All right.

Proverbs 14 verse 26. I just thought I'll just give these verses to you that will inspire you. If you can take more time and look at them when you get home and meditate on them and speak them out, believe them. In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, verse 14:26, and his children will have a place of refuge. Your children will be protected. They will have a place of refuge. Okay. Proverbs 20 verse 7. The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Oh, what good news. His children are blessed after him. Jeremiah 32:39, then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. Okay. So, God is interested in our children. He says, “Not only for your good but for the good of your children after you.” Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse 40. “You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments, which I commanded you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.” So, God, when He spoke to the Israelites, He was concerned about their children. He said, “Keep the statues and commandments which I command you today, so that it may go well with you, and with your children after you. That you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God shall give to you and so on.”

So, there's a lot more. I just gave you a sample. I tell you, we need to take these verses and put them in our mouth, put them in our heart, delight in them, rejoice in them, pray them, speak them. Speak them over wayward children, speak them over good children. Speak them over children yet unborn, speak them over your descendants. Establish what your future will be like and what your destiny will be like through the word of God because God has a plan for you. God has established your destiny. This is your destiny, the blessing of Abraham, which is Christ Jesus, being your Lord and your God, supplying all your needs and being everything to you. Amen.

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