The Firstborn Blessing

Jesus is the firstbornHe chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, who He loved. Psalm 47:4

 Scripture reveals that those who are the descendants of Abraham by faith (Believers in Christ see Galatians 3:7) receive the firstborn blessing as an inheritance from the Father. This inheritance is revealed through the story of Jacob, the youngest son of Isaac. Isaac is the promised son of Abraham whom God established His covenant of grace through.

The Story of the Firstborn Blessing

Jacob desired the birthright and the blessings of the firstborn and sought it out deceptively. The time had come for Isaac to bless the firstborn. Isaac’s eyes were weak in sight. In order for Jacob to deceive his father, he had to take on the appearance of his brother Esau, whom Isaac loved. Jacob covered his hands and neck with goatskin, for his brother was a hairy man. Then he dressed himself in his brother’s best clothes. When Jacob drew near to his father to serve him the fresh game he requested, Isaac touched his hands and caught the familiar scent of his beloved son.

“Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord had blessed.” Gen 27:27

 Isaac was satisfied that this was indeed his beloved son and gave this firstborn blessing:

“May God give you Heaven’s dew and Earth’s richness- And 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.”-Gen 27:28-29

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For us Christ is the beloved firstborn of God and in the story of Jacob it was prophesied that the older will serve the younger. Christ says in Matthew 20:28, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Jesus, the older brother made us the beneficiaries of the firstborn blessing.

God says, “I will appoint Him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the Earth.” –psalm 89:27

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation.” –Col 1:15

“He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead.”-Col 1:18


The Blessing is Yours

Through Christ the firstborn blessing is yours. Unlike Jacob this blessing did not have to be deceptively taken for it was willing given to you by the Father through Christ.

Jesus Says in His Prayer to the Father:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one- I in them and you in me- so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” –John 17:22-23

Whenever we are before the Father, just like Isaac, the Father is blinded to our sin and faults. For  Christ presents us Holy in the Father’s sight, without blemish and free from accusation. He doesn’t smell the rot and decay of our sinful nature just the sweet aroma of His beloved Son. This is our boast that, Christ loves us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Because of the firstborn we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. (Ephesians 5:2, 2Cor 2:15, Col 1:19-22)

 We are the beneficiaries of the Firstborn Blessing. Dressed in the righteous robes of Christ and lovingly accepted in the Father’s sight.

If Great Men Give Up

I had a heartfelt talk with my son the other day. He said, “Mom when I decided to take some initiative and  did my own research instead of using the info and links my teacher gave me, I failed the assignment.” He then asked, “What’s the point of even trying to do more or reach higher if I’m only going to fail in the end?”

I asked him what if all the great men and women in the world gave up after their first failed attempt. What if the Wright Brothers gave up after their first failed attempt at flying, then we wouldn’t have flight.

First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 1...
First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What if scientist gave up at their first failed attempt to create a cure for the world’s diseases?

What if Christ gave up after being, denied, betrayed and rejected, then there would be no hope in this world and hope is the fuel that drives us.

We need to take a page from Jacob, despite wrestling with God till dawn and being struck in his hip, he refused to let go, he had a spirit that said I will not let you go until you bless me and God blessed him and changed his name to Israel which means,(who prevails with God). Jacob refused to let go despite the fight, the setbacks, the pain and struggle (Genesis 32:22-28).

God has placed gifts, vision and greatness in all of us, we all have a purpose in life to fulfill and we can’t allow fear or failure to stop us “For God has not given us a spirit of fear (or defeat), but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Timothy 1:7. Could you imagine what the world would be like if great men and great women like you gave up? I imagine it would be a world not worth living in. I encourage you to keep pursuing your God-given dreams and passions. Don’t give up.