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Jacob Tricks Esau

Genesis 27-28

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Rebekah called Jacob and told him her idea. "Hurry and bring me two goats; I'll prepare your father's favorite meal. Then you can serve it to him and get Esau's blessing." "But he'll know I'm not Esau," said Jacob. "Esau is hairy; my skin is smooth." So Rebekah wrapped goatskins on Jacob's arms, and Jacob set the meal before Isaac. When Isaac finished eating, he gave Jacob the blessing. When Esau discovered that Jacob had tricked him, he yelled so loud that the walls of the tent shook! He wanted to kill his brother! Rebekah begged Isaac to send Jacob to her family. Isaac agreed. But Esau was still very angry.

 

 

Deception Always Has a Price

 

Rebekah thought she was doing the right thing by sending Jacob away so he and Esau would not harm each other. Little did Rebekah know that sending Jacob away "for a while" would turn out to be twenty years!

Nor did she know that she would never see him again; Rebekah died before Jacob returned. Imagine how much happier their family could have been if they had trusted God to follow through with his plan.

We are often impatient and think that we need to help God along. True, we should simply just sit around waiting for God to do his thing. We do need to be careful about pushing and doing what we think is God's will. Many times God surprises us in showing us what he has planned. Let's keep our eyes and mind open to God's possibilities.

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