January 26 – Blessing of Heaven’s Dew and Earth’s Richness

So now we find Jacob posing as his brother Esau to gain the blessing of their father Isaac. After telling his father that he was his firstborn, Jacob urged, Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.”  At first, Isaac is not convinced because the voice sounded like Jacob’s but the fur that Rebekah had placed on Jacob’s hands convinced him, and he proceeded to bless him.   Isaac asked again if Jacob was really his firstborn son Esau and Jacob replied that he was.  So Isaac continued, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”  Jacob moved closer to his father and kissed him.  When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.  May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine.  May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.  Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.  May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”  This blessing should sound familiar to us as it is similar to the blessing that God gave to Abraham back in Genesis chapter twelve.  We will see that this blessing story is far from over!

Genesis 27:19b, 23b, 25, 27-29 NIV