The Power of Words

Esau said, “Isn’t this why he’s called Jacob? He’s taken me[b] twice now: he took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing.”
He continued, “Haven’t you saved a blessing for me?”

Genesis 27:36

The special people that God calls turn out to be very mean at times. Such is the case in the story of the Jacob tricking his father, Isaac, into giving the special blessing to him, instead of his older brother Esau. Imagine the story as a special drama story on TV and watch carefully what happens.

One thing about God…God can turn the wicked schemes of human beings into blessings for us who come centuries after the people of the Bible. Even though Jacob was nasty to his brother Esau, God turned that into part of God’s plan.

Think about the power of Isaac’s words of blessing to Jacob. Sometimes the words that we speak cannot be taken back—words that either harm or heal others. So we might take today’s lesson and be sure that what we say blesses others and in no way wishes them harm or tries to take advantage of them.

Is there anything about Jacob and Esau that you can find in yourself and your friendships or even your relations with your brothers or sisters? Maybe there’s some forgiveness that you need to ask from someone like Jacob, or some resentment that you need to let go off like Esau when something mean happened to you. Ask God to bring healing in your heart and in relationships so that God’s peace can fill itself in you like a great balloon that lifts you up very high.

Genesis 27:1—28:9

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
A blessing reserved for me 27:36
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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