Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 27:21-23 (KJV); And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.
The Lord is a God of patterns. These patterns reveal His mind and His purposes.
One such pattern is in our theme scripture and it is the pattern of the patriarchal blessing.
Even though it was God’s desire for Jacob to carry the blessing of the firstborn son because He had told Rebecca that the elder shall serve the younger (Genesis 25:23), He did not achieve this by blessing Jacob Himself and pronouncing Esau’s blessing on him. He honoured the fact that this blessing had to come by the hand of Isaac.
As shown by our theme scripture, Jacob could only receive that blessing by pretending to be Esau because that is the order that his father Isaac respected and understood.
Jacob too defined the inheritance of his sons by this pattern. In Genesis 49:2, he tells them, “Gather yourselves together you sons of Jacob and hearken to Israel your father.”
The lesson herein is that we too must respect the fact that certain graces can only work in our lives by the pattern of the patriarchal blessing: either from a spiritual authority or your biological father.
It is a lesson that reminds us of the need to respect those spiritual and physical father figures that God has placed in our lives because He defines our futures by their hands.
It does not matter how bad the man may be, as long as He is yours by God, do your part to honour him, God will do the rest.
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 17:6, Genesis 49:26
GOLDEN NUGGET: Certain graces can only work in our lives by the pattern of the patriarchal blessing. As long as He is yours by God, do your part to honour him, God will do the rest.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I receive it in humility to honour those that You have placed before me. I walk in submission to spiritual authority because I understand the patterns of the Spirit. By this wisdom, I am established in Your purposes for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.