I am sure he just wanted to be fair. God told Isaac and Rebekah that Jacob, not Esau was to lead the Chosen people. Esau confirmed it by his disregard for his birthright and his failure to remain separate from the Canaanite people. But, as a dad, Isaac decided he needed to bless Esau–since God did not see fit! Rebekah heard Isaac’s plan and then set about to thwart it. What a tangled mess of deceit.
Had Isaac simply followed God’s plan, then Rebekah would not have felt the need to work around him. Jacob would not need to deceive and connive. When we fail to follow God’s lead, it not only affects us, but, it affects those around us. That is why we are called to follow his lead and complete his plan. When we do, it moves all closer to him. It is a matter of moving to God’s rhythm–not our own. When we do, it is a beautiful dance not a horrid Mosh pit!!
God Bless You
When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”
“Here I am,” he answered.
2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”
5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 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.”
11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”
13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”