5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6 And Rebekah spoke unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your father speak unto Esau your brother, saying, 7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury food, that I may eat, and bless you before the LORD before my death. 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury food for your father, such as he loves: 10 And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, and that he may bless you before his death. 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: 12 My father possibly will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. 13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be your curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. 14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury food, such as his father loved. 15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: 17 And she gave the savoury food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who are you, my son? 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau your first born; I have done according as you bade me: arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me. 20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD your God brought it to me. 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you be my very son Esau or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him. 24 And he said, Are you my very son Esau? And he said, I am. 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless you. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed: 28 Therefore God give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: 29 Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you: be lord over your brethren, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you: cursed be every one that curses you, and blessed be he that blesses you. 30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 And he also had made savoury food, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me. 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau. 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that has taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed. 34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35 And he said, Your brother came with subtlety, and has taken away your blessing. 36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me? 37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto you, my son? 38 And Esau said unto his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
In verses 1-4 we see that Isaac has decided to not follow God’s plan and bless his favorite son. His wife Rebekah, overhearing her husband’s plans decides to initiate her own plan to counteract Isaac’s by dressing up Jacob as Esau.
The important thing to remember here is that what we are reading is not just some allegory, or legend; these are real people and the Word doesn’t sugarcoat anything. These people actually lived at a certain point in time and they were real people with real problems, attitudes, and sinful natures just like us. If we don’t beleive that they are real; if we don’t beleive that they truly existed, then you can’t believe in Abraham, King David, or most importantly Jesus Christ!!!!
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham brings forth Isaac; and Isaac brings forth Jacob;
So we are able to learn a few things through God’s wonderful picture book. We learn about the history of Israel and Jesus, but we also learn what to do and what not to do when faced with situations in life as well as when dealing with the Word of God.
We can learn a lot of things through this family’s actions:
1. Isaac – Deceived by relying on feelings
Isaac knew full well what God had told his family regarding his children and the future of Israel. The double-portion was to go to Jacob. The double-portion and the blessing were two different things, so Issac decides to go around what is supposed to happen by giving Esau what is primarily reserved for the First-born through the blessing or berakhah.
What transpires is Isaac relying on feelings rather than the Word of God. When we do the same, when we rely on feelings rather than what God tells us we will always be deceived. Feelings change like the seasons but the Word of God stands firm!!!
2. Rebekah – Deception through lack of faith
It was clear that Jacob was to receive the Firstborn status. When she learns what Issac has up his sleeve we see her do what we do from time to time. Knowing God’s word, Doing God’s work, but not in God’s way. Jacob was divinely appointed to receive the First-born status and he would have received it without her help.
Wouldn’t the end justify the means?
Wouldn’t God be on with the fact that His will is still reached?
Not if we have to deceive to accomplish anything. Not if we show a tremendous lack of faith regarding His handling of issues, just ask Abraham and Sarah.
God does not need our help in making sure that His will is accomplished.
3. Jacob – Double-dealing through falsification.
His worry shows a flaw in his thinking. Jacob is reluctant at first, not because he thinks that what his mother has cooked up is wrong; he is worried that they will be discovered and that he will not be able to bear the consequences. He was ordained by God to receive the double-portion. He was going to be the spiritual leader of the clan.. His actions will come back to haunt him, later on in his journey, and it will also effect his descendants for years to come.