Genesis 25:23, The Blessing That Jacob Returned
The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
//In Rebekah’s womb, the brothers Esau and Jacob are squabbling, and she grows concerned. When she inquires of God what is happening, God explains that they will be opposed, and the older will become servant to the younger.
Indeed, as the boys grow, Jacob steals both Esau’s birthright and his blessing. He seems to be coming out on top, just like God predicted. When Esau complains, his father Isaac replies that the blessing given to Jacob is irrevocable:
Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”
And so it seems Isaac gets it all. But is it really so?
Jacob and Esau separate, and when they finally come back together, Jacob repeatedly refers to himself as Esau’s servant and to Esau as his master. See verses 33:5, 8, 13-15. Jacob is calling Esau lord, precisely the title that Isaac says Esau must call Jacob. Moreover, afraid for his life because Esau had sworn to kill him, Jacob offers Esau a present and calls it his blessing:
Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it. –Genesis 33:11
Thus Jacob returns the blessing to Esau, and grants Esau back the rightful place as the firstborn. Wrong becomes right at last.