“Now then, get your weapons – your quiver and bow – and go out to the open country to hunt some wild games for me. Prepare me the king of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessings before I die.”
The scripture is written for our learning and encouragement. They are good for correction, rebuke, wisdom, and training in righteousness.
Looking into this account of Isaac as he was set to bestow and transfer the blessings to the next generation, I realized that just beyond the literal understanding of this story, there are hardcore lessons we can learn from the narrative.
Isaac was besieged by deception in his latter days. Not occasioned by anyone but triggered by defects and deficiencies in his life and character.
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old – Proverbs 20:29.
That’s to say, the strength of young people like Esau is what counts while the aged should be known for wisdom – accumulated experience – so that they can rightly channel, and provide godly direction for the strength of young men. In the society, what the young men ultimately become, is the responsibility of the aged men. But whenever the aged men fail in this great responsibility, the result is grave consequences of moral decadence and a dysfunctional society.
In the case of Isaac, his “grey hair” suffered corrosion and his wisdom became distorted. He was blindfolded by indulgence and weakened by untamed appetite. He became insensitive and overly sensual. Divine reality turned into illusion and vision into delusion.
Isaac grew “Wild” in his taste, and became a fan of the “open country”. Who knows? His strange appetite for wild games could have been the reason Esau got into the trade and became very skillful in the business.
“The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country” Genesis 25:27.
Just as it is today in the Church, men of God are provoking children of God through strange teachings, stirring their appetite and driving their taste wild for worldly affections and glory. They have succeeded in sowing the seed of discontentment in the hearts of many a people, and plunge them to hunt in the open country.
The word of God stated: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 2 Corinthians 10:4. Listen, the moment we begin to use the weapon of our warfare to achieve carnal goals and realize personal objectives, we begin to set up our own downfall. The primary application of the weapon is to first pull down “…to the pulling down of strong holds” thereafter “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Isaac instructed Esau to grab his weapon, not hunt to for spiritual goals, but to go out to the open country for wild games, just to quench his wild appetite for a tasty meal. No wonder he could no longer see, his vision has been pulled down. No wonder he could later not discern deception nor perceive error, his imagination was cast down as well.
The moment you begin to use your gifts, abilities and spiritual blessings to your own advantage and in pursuit of self-centered ambition, you automatically turn the wheels of warfare against yourselves. Weapons that should be working wonders against the enemy will now begin to wreak havoc in your life and destiny.
Taste for Something Unusual.
Furthermore, Isaac said “go out to the open country”, from this we can also see that his attention shifted from the flock “Within” to the games “Without” in the open country. He lost appetite for inner inspiration but aspired for an untamed and destructive ambition.
When you, like Isaac, becomes discontented with the vision or blessings from above, and go after strange and wild ambitions, you will no longer be able to see spiritually and ultimately you will become ensnared by deception.
Many folks no longer depend on the Holy Spirit anymore, but rather depend on wild “prophetic” instruction from so called “prophets”. We no longer consider vital, the leading of the Holy Spirit within. In fact many of us have quenched the gentle voice of the spirit and are now hunting in the “open country”, jumping from church to church, seeking wild games [strange visions and extra ordinary manifestations].
But the scripture cannot be broken. It clearly stated:
“A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Dearly beloved, do you have itching ears or a taste for something unusual?
Keep your head in all situation. The problem of being wild in our taste is that it opens us up to deception and gullibility. You will be exposed and swayed by all kinds of evil desires; always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
Besides, Isaac sought to thwart divine ordinance because of food. For he said “prepare me the kind of tasty food I like… so that I may give you my blessings”.
Concerning to whom to transfer the blessing, Isaac knew the truth of to whom it belongs as it was cleared foretold before Jacob and Esau were born
“…the older will serve the younger” Genesis 25:23.
But along the line, his conscience got bewildered and became warped in thought by his taste for the wild games, which only Esau can provide. He allowed his lust to prevail over his love for the truth. He would have made an eternal blunder by bestowing the blessing for Esau if not for divine providence and intervention.
Any man that allows ambition to becloud divine vision becomes a rebel against divine agenda.
We cannot avoid error of judgement and omission, if we can’t tame appetites and control our desires. Many of us have been pierced with many grieves because of severe wounds and injuries sustained in the wild. The games of the open country, however alluring are loathsome and devastating. Surviving in the Serengeti – open country – is hard, and the chances of survival is slim.
Nevertheless, as soon as we realize our folly and cry out in repentance to God.
He is Faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. John 1:9.
But if we become insensitive and linger long in the open country, wasting too much time and efforts like Esau, we can only return later with regrets, weeping and gnashing of teeth.
May God help you.
Having talked in general terms concerning Isaac, in subsequent chapters we will be looking at some character elements that made Isaac susceptible to the Spirit of corruption and deception.