Jacob was never entitled to the blessing of the firstborn son. That privilege by right of birth belonged to his older brother, Esau, who was the firstborn and favorite son of their father, Isaac. However, Jacob understood the great value of the blessing, and he wanted that privilege for himself. So along with his mother, Jacob came up with a crafty scheme. He prepared a meal in order to steal his brother’s blessing away. What can the story of this sinful patriarch possibly teach us about the perfect Lord Jesus? In order to accomplish our redemption, Jesus, like Jacob, prepared a meal at the Last Supper. But it was a very different meal than Jacob’s. Jesus was willing to suffer the cross in order to offer that meal to his people, and in so doing, share the glorious blessing of God the Father freely with his brothers!
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