My friend and I were talking the other day and the Book of Genesis popped up. I've been reading Genesis for the past weeks and I find it only appropriate to be talking about that this week.
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. (Genesis 27:1 NIV)
Isaac's wife, Rebekah, had twins, Esau and Jacob, not long after they married. Esau, the older of the twins, was about to get Isaac's blessing because he was old and going to die soon. But Rebecca didn't like Esau as much as she liked Jacob (people really shouldn't pick favorites) and she over heard there conversation...
Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 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.” 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, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘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.’ Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 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. Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.” (Genesis 27:2-10 NIV)
See what I mean? So Jacob goes to the flock and picks two of the yummiest looking goats he can find and he gives them to his mother to cook for his father...
So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. (Genesis 27:14-17 NIV)
Now strangly this plan of there's worked quite well, but as soon as Esau found out about this, he was furious!
After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” “I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.” Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!” When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!” (Genesis 27:30-34 NIV)
(I know he doesn't sound furious now, just wait and you'll understand) What a deceitful boy (and mother)!
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (Genesis 27:41 NIV)
See? Well, to sum everything up, Rebekah found out about Esau's sceem and sent her son, Jacob, to her brothers house and he stayed there and married both his daughters Leah and Rachel and both there maidservants. All together he had twelve boys and one girl (Poor girl).
The point of me preaching this is because I wanted you to think about it. What lesson did you see in all this?
This weeks challenge is to read Genesis 27. I know I read most of it to you already, but I did skipped some parts. :-)
Have a wonderful week!
God Bless, Amy