Have you ever seen a family fall apart?
There is extreme tension in the home. The husband and wife have become more like roommates. The kids are constantly going at each other. They look for reasons to fight rather than get along. They tolerate each other because they have to not because they are family. The kids are waiting for the day when they can leave. Kids can’t wait to get a driver’s license so that they can go anywhere but home. When they are old enough, they are hopping on the first plane out of the state. One parent says they are bored and decides to take off. Parent and child have an argument and then do not talk to each other for years.
At the end of Genesis 26, Esau is 40 years old. He has left his family and taken two wives from the Hittites. And they made life bitter for Issac and Rebekah.
This is an unwise decision made by Esau. It could be an act of rebellion. Remember, that the Bible has shown that Esau is unholy. He consistently makes decisions that show his unrighteousness.
Issac is old. He is going blind. He calls to Esau, the firstborn. Issac tells Esau to go hunting. Issac tells Esau to make him a great meal so that he will have the energy to bless Esau before he dies.
Rebekah overhears the conversation with her husband and son. She devises a plan to help Jacob steal the blessing from Esau. There is a lot of work that goes into planning to manipulate and intentionally deceive Issac. Look at what is happening here. A wife is working to deceive her husband. A son is working to deceive his father. This is not an act of love.
1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “it (Love) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”
This is the exact opposite. A family has turned against itself.
Jacob dresses up like his brother, impersonates his brother, and delivers a meal to his father. Issac could not see that the person in front of him was not Esau. To try and figure out who is standing in front of him, he asks to kiss them. This is so that he could smell the person and distinguish whether it was truly Esau or if it was Jacob and be rid of his confusion.
Issac blesses Jacob with an incredible blessing.
Esau comes back from hunting. He had just missed Jacob leaving the room. Esau most likely cooks Issac a delicious meal over a campfire.
Issac and Esau figure out that Jacob has stolen the blessing. Esau weeps and begs for another blessing. So, Issac gives him one but it is nothing close to what Esau expected.
Esau plans to kill Jacob. – murder
Rebekah plans to send Jacob away so that Esau will not kill him.
The chapter ends with Rebekah telling Issac that she hates her life.
Thank goodness for the grace of God.
God is a God of love, grace, reconciliation, restoration.
God wants to work in you and the people that you have relationships with; especially the relationships that you have in your family.