We find in Genesis Chapter 27 what I consider to be the most convincing evidence of the value of a spoken blessing. The setting is a blind patriarch nearing death who invites his firstborn son to bring him a meal for what we could call a private blessing ceremony. Isaac’s intent is to speak empowering words of blessing to Esau that would confer heaven’s favor upon his identity and destiny.
At that time in Jewish culture the gift of a spoken blessing was, and still is to this day, the most coveted thing—more coveted than material wealth. The thinking was that whoever had the blessing had it all. So, when Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, overheard the plan, she devised a scheme for Esau’s twin brother, her favorite, to intercept the plan. The scheme worked and Jacob received the blessing instead of Esau.
Now, when Esau arrived with his father’s favorite meal and full of anticipation, he was met with a stark reality. His father had already pronounced the blessing over his brother. Esau belted out a gut-wrenching cry that has echoed down through the ages as the voice of many men and women: Bless me—me too!
What is it about words of blessing that had caused Rebekah and Jacob to engage in such trickery? And what is it about words of blessing that would have caused a grown man at the age of forty to weep so bitterly because words intended for him were spoken to his brother instead?
Value! Value! Value!
Spoken blessings endow us with the empowerment to prosper in life—something that money cannot buy!
We are made for the blessing and everything that God designed it to convey: love, dignity, legitimacy, honor, value, significance, empowerment, favor and so much more. When the blessing is missed or lost, the cry of every person’s heart is the same as that of Esau— Bless me—me too!
I have great news for you! Jesus sacrificed His life to seek and save that which was lost. You and me, of course. And yes, our lost or missed birthright blessings as well. They are now available to you in Christ Jesus, and it is never too late to recover them. (See Luke 19:10 NKJV; Ephesians 1:3)