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The Voice of Heaven
1/26 Reading Portions: Genesis 27; Matthew 26; Esther 3; Acts 26
So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” Genesis 27:22
The entire episode of Isaac’s twins presents the gospel story of Adam and Jesus.
Esau, the first born, sold his birthright for something to eat; and thereafter, was known as Edom because of the red stew he ate (Gen 25:30). Adam gave up dominion over the earth, his birthright (Gen 1:28), when he ate the fruit of the forbidden tree (Gen 3:6). Edom and Adam come from the same Hebrew root word.
Jacob, whose hand was upon the heel of Esau, “was a plain man, dwelling in tents” (Gen 25:27, KJV). The word plain is a Hebrew word which can also be translated perfect. It’s the root for a word which describes a sacrifice which is commanded to “be without blemish.” Jacob was a foreshadow of Jesus Christ, as the Lord Jesus is the eternal “Word [who] became flesh, and dwelt [or tented] among us” (John 1:14).
When Rebekah told Jacob to slaughter two kids of the goats, it foreshadowed the two goats offered on the Day of Atonement, the sacrifice and the scapegoat, (Lev 16:7-10)— which in turn was a foreshadow of Christ, our atoning sacrifice.
Jacob put on the skins of kids to appear as Esau before Isaac, just as Jesus took on human flesh to appear before the nation of Israel. As the patriarch Isaac was blind to who Jacob was, so were the religious leaders blind to the truth of their Messiah (John 9:41).
Isaac hearing the voice of Jacob and feeling his arms as one who felt like Esau, it prophetically tells of Jesus speaking the words of heaven, though it came from a mouth which looked like that of any other man. The officers of the Sanhedrin, however, testified…
“No one ever spoke like this man!” John 7:46
When we see Christ in scripture (John 5:39), we will hear His truth (John 18:37). Hallelujah! What a Savior!
No other man who ever liv’d,
Did speak as Jesus spoke;
His words were all pure truth to give
A wretched sinner hope.
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