It was just before the death of Isaac that two mortal enemies came to together to say goodbye to their father; Jacob, the man of the spirit and Esau, a total man of the flesh. All Torah has to say about the death of Isaac are these words.
Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. (Gen 35:28-29)
That is it! And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. What a rip-off; Torah hardly gives a clue as to the vast differences between these to brothers. The book of Yasher, on the other hand, gives the rest of the story. Listen to the blessings which Isaac speaks to his two very different sons.
Yasher 47:5 And Isaac placed his hands upon all Jacob’s sons, and he took hold of them and embraced them, and kissed them one by one, and Isaac blessed them on that day, and he said unto them, May the Elohim of your fathers bless you and increase your seed like the stars of heaven for number.
6 And Isaac also blessed Esau’s sons, saying, May Elohim cause you to be a dread and a terror to all that will behold you, and to all your enemies.
At The Death Of Isaac
The last words that Isaac spoke were words that he received from Yehovah for Jacob and His sons, not Esau.
Yasher 47:7 And Isaac called Jacob and his sons, and they all came and sat before Isaac, and Isaac said unto Jacob, Yehovah, Elohim (lawmaker and judge) of the whole earth said unto me, Unto thy seed will I give this land for an inheritance if thy sons keep my statutes and my ways, and I will perform unto them the oath which I swore unto thy father Abraham.
8 Now therefore my son, teach thy sons and thy sons’ sons to fear Yehovah, and to go in the good way which will please Yehovah, thy Elohim; for if you keep the ways of Yehovah, and his statutes, Yehovah will also keep unto you his covenant with Abraham, and will do well with you and your seed all the days.
9 And when Isaac had finished commanding Jacob and his sons, he breathed his last and died, and was gathered unto his people.
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Isaac was buried with great honor.
Yasher 47:11 And all the kings of the land of Canaan went with Jacob and Esau to bury Isaac, and all the kings of Canaan showed Isaac great honor at his death.
12 And Jacob’s sons and Esau’s sons went barefooted round about, walking and lamenting until they reached Kireath-arba.
13 And Jacob and Esau buried their father Isaac in the cave of Machpelah, which is in Kireath-arba in Hebron, and they buried him with very great honor, as at the funeral of kings.
As we have already seen, the birthright belonged to Jacob. That means 2/3 of their inheritance was to go to Jacob. Yet when they finally began to divide their father’s possessions Esau said this.
Yasher 47:15 And at the death of Isaac, he left his cattle and his possessions and all belonging to him to his sons; and Esau said unto Jacob, Behold I pray thee, all that our father has left we will divide it in two parts, and I will have the choice, and Jacob said, We will do so.
Jacob is not a man of the flesh, he understands that the things that have true and real value are those thing that Yehovah promises, so he agrees to do as Esau suggests.
It appears to me that while Jacob is dividing all that Isaac had, he remembered what Isaac said just before he passed, the promise that Yehovah gave to Abraham and Isaac concerning the land and the seed. See what you think, I think Jacob wants the land for himself and his seed (sons), just as Yehovah promised.
Yasher 47:16 And Jacob took all that Isaac had left in the land of Canaan, the cattle and the property, and he placed them in two parts before Esau and his sons, and he said unto Esau, Behold all this is before thee, choose thou unto thyself the half which thou wilt take.
17 And Jacob said unto Esau, Hear thou I pray thee what I will speak unto thee, saying, Yehovah, Elohim of heaven and earth spoke unto our fathers Abraham and Isaac, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land for an inheritance forever.
18 Now therefore all that our father has left is before thee, and behold all the land is before thee; choose thou from them what thou desires.
19 If thou desires the whole land take it for thee and thy sons forever, and I will take this riches, and if thou desires the riches take it unto thee, and I will take this land for me and for my sons to inherit it forever.
Esau’s choice between the riches (which he can take with him right now) and the land (which is actually owned by the Canaanites right now) show us what he values most highly. And the very fact that Jacob is willing to give Esau everything in order to have the land and continue to see Yehovah fulfill His word, shows us what Jacob values most highly. Any doubt in your mind that Esau will take all the riches?
Well, you will have to listen to the audio to find out the rest of this story and the story concerning Joseph’s release from the house of confinement and his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream which he received from “THE Elohim” of the whole earth.
At The Death Of Isaac
2G45 Genesis 40 – 41 & Yasher 45 – 47
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