“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!” (Genesis 27:29)
Whether Isaac thought he was blessing Esau or not is a mystery but, nevertheless, it would seem that the spirit of prophecy was upon him when he pronounced this blessing. Isaac’s blessing upon Jacob echoed the blessing that God placed upon Abraham when He said:
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)
As it turns out, Esau indeed cursed Jacob and, in so doing, brought a curse upon himself. The Creator said that He had rejected Esau because of Esau’s hatred for Jacob. Furthermore Esau and his descendants will eventually bow to Jacob and to his descendants — Israel. Multiple prophecies attest to this fact and also make clear that the Messiah that will ultimately vanquish Edom and those who have sought to destroy God’s people.
Believers must keep in mind that this prophecy and blessing is for all of God’s people. We too, have inherited the promises given to Abraham and his descendants and should live in such a way that is worthy of that promise. Nations will bow to us and be blessed because we are part of God’s family, and most importantly, because of the One who dwells in and works through us. As His people we are destined to be the head and not the tail if we will be faithful to walk upright and holy before our God. Remember, with the blessing comes the responsibility to faithfully represent our King to the nations. Let us, then, live up to the call to be a blessing to all peoples that He may be glorified.
Blessings and Shalom,