6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”
Thus begins the lie. Read the whole chapter to get the big picture. C.S. Lewis once remarked that, “A little lie is like a little pregnancy.” One commentator writes that Isaac’s family is split into two factions, and each side wants to live out their expectations through one son at the expense of the other. Isaac loved Esau, whereas Rebekah loved Jacob. Reminds me of the famous line of the Smothers brothers – “Mother always loved you best!”
It’s a difficult thing when parents shower one child with love and overlook another child. You and I both know families where this continues to happen, even if unconsciously. There are times in any family where it seems one child is blessed more than another.
I don’t know why God put up with this unscrupulous behavior on the part of Rebekah and Jacob, or why Isaac could not give another blessing to Esau. If Isaac’s blessing was like an unwritten will, surely something could be given to the second son, especially in the face of such deception. God had a purpose for both Esau and Jacob. God’s purposes would be carried out, despite their scheming and maneuvering. Any one of us may be guilty of dishonest or immoral behaviors, but our temporary wrongs cannot undo the goodness of God’s eternal plans.
Gracious God, we praise you for your great goodness, that bears with us and guides us and sets us down on right paths. Even when we mess up, you do not abandon us. Forgive our deceptions, the “alternate truths” we try to get others to believe. We have to be straightforward with you. Amen.