A pitiable creature, with dark glasses and his little tin cup was standing on the street corner,
patiently waiting for some small contribution. A man passed by and generously dropped a dime in
the poor old fellow’s cup. Then for some reason he turned around, and to his surprise … More
As this chapter opens Isaac was 137 years old and lived for another 43 years. The familiar story is given of how Jacob with his mothers help, received his fathers blessing through trickery. It is a story of the fragmenting of a family over spiritual matters. As we read this we need to keep in mind that his was the home of a believing man. If Satan cannot attack a man any other way, he will attack him through his family.
Jacob reminded his mother that he was not hairy like his brother Esau and the moment his blind father touched him he would realize he was trying to trick him, and would put a curse on him instead of giving him a blessing (vv. 11-12). Rebekah insisted that the curse fall on her and that he do what she said (v. 13). Dressed in Esau’s workday clothes, his hands and arms covered with rough goat’s hair, and with a mouth watering dish of spiced up goat in his hands Jacob set out to trick his dad (vv. 14-27).
All participants were at fault. Isaac knew that it was God’s plan for the elder Esau to serve the younger Jacob but he chose to ignore it. However Esau was his favorite son and he intended to give him his blessing. Jacob had already deceived Esau by taking his birthright and now he wanted the blessing. Rebekah showed favoritism toward Jacob and went into action to stop Esau from receiving the blessing. Some of the results of this trickery are:
1. Rebekah never saw her son again.
2. Jacob’s brother wanted to kill him
3. The family became torn by strife.
4. Esau became the founder of an enemy nation.
5. Jacob was exiled from his family for years.
I need to be very careful not to play favoritism in my family. It has the potential of bringing permanent division in our home.
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Genesis 24:1-9Abraham Seeks a Wife for Isaac in Israel
Genesis 24:10-28Abraham’s Servant Finds a Wife For Isaac
Genesis 24:29-49Isaac’s Wife is Found
Genesis 24:50-67Isaac And Rebekah Are Married
Genesis 25:1-18Abraham’s Second Marriage And His Death
Genesis 25:19-34Esau And Jacob
Genesis 26:1-16The Lord’s First Promise to Isaac
Genesis 26:17-35Isaac’s Agreement With Abimelech
Genesis 27:1-10Isaac Plans to Give Esau His Blessing
Genesis 27:11-33Jacob Tricks Isaac In To Blessing Him
Genesis 27:34-46Jacob Runs Away to Laban’s House
Genesis 28:1-9Esau Marries Ishmael’s Daughter
Genesis 28:10-22Jacob’s First Encounter With God
Genesis 29:1-12Jacob Moves to Laban’s Territory
Genesis 29:13-35Jacob Marries Leah And Rachael
Genesis 30:1-24Leah And Rachael Compete for Jacob’s Love
Genesis 30:25-43Jacob’s Flocks Prosper