Deception-Genesis 27:18-29

Genesis 27:18-29 “He went to his father and said, “My father.” “Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.”  20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.  21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”  22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” he replied.  25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”  27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. 28 May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness — an abundance of grain and new wine. 29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.”
Genesi 27:18-29 “Egli andò da suo padre e gli disse: «Padre mio!» Isacco rispose: «Eccomi; chi sei tu, figlio mio?» 19 Giacobbe disse a suo padre: «Sono Esaù, il tuo primogenito. Ho fatto come tu mi hai detto. Àlzati, ti prego, mettiti a sedere e mangia la mia selvaggina, perché tu mi benedica». 20 Isacco disse a suo figlio: «Come hai fatto a trovarne così presto, figlio mio?» E quello rispose: «Perché il Signore, il tuo Dio, l’ha fatta venire sulla mia via». 21 Allora Isacco disse a Giacobbe: «Avvicìnati, figlio mio, e lascia che io ti tasti, per sapere se sei proprio mio figlio Esaù, o no». 22 Giacobbe s’avvicinò a suo padre Isacco; e, come questi lo ebbe tastato, disse: «La voce è la voce di Giacobbe, ma le mani sono le mani di Esaù». 23 Non lo riconobbe, perché le sue mani erano pelose come le mani di suo fratello Esaù, e lo benedisse. 24 Disse: «Tu sei proprio mio figlio Esaù?» Egli rispose: «Sì». 25 E Isacco gli disse: «Portami da mangiare la selvaggina di mio figlio, e io ti benedirò». Giacobbe gliene servì, e Isacco mangiò. Giacobbe gli portò anche del vino, ed egli bevve. 26 Poi suo padre Isacco gli disse: «Ora avvicìnati e baciami, figlio mio». 27 Egli s’avvicinò e lo baciò. E Isacco sentì l’odore dei vestiti, e lo benedisse dicendo: «Ecco, l’odore di mio figlio è come l’odore di un campo, che il Signore ha benedetto. 28 Dio ti conceda la rugiada del cielo, la fertilità della terra e abbondanza di frumento e di vino. 29 Ti servano i popoli e le nazioni s’inchinino davanti a te. Sii padrone dei tuoi fratelli e i figli di tua madre s’inchinino davanti a te. Maledetto sia chiunque ti maledice, benedetto sia chiunque ti benedice!»
 
     Here is the account where Jacob deceives his father, Isaac. He has already deceived his brother out of his birthright and now tricks his father to obtain the blessing. Prompted by Rebecca who was told by the Lord that Jacob would be chosen over Esau (Gen. 25:23), yet thinking the promise of the Lord was slipping away, she takes matters into her own hands. Although she has contrived the plan, Jacob carries it out. In order to completely fool his father, Jacob has to lie twice. First by saying that he is Esau and secondly, by saying that he had success in hunting. Even Isaac seems to be a little suspicious but after some convincing, he blesses Jacob thinking it was Esau.
     It is so true that sin compounds into more sin. Rebecca didn’t see how God would fulfill His promise so she tries to fulfill it herself. Remember that Abraham was at the point of sacrificing his son, Isaac, when God intervened to save the situation; God could have intervened once again to fulfill the promise made to Rebecca. Both Rebecca and Jacob’s deception created a deep wound that permanently affected their family and the generations that followed. Even though Rebecca and Jacob won, there was so much more that they had lost.
Pray with me: Lord, I see that my actions can have consequences not only for me but also my relationships. Help me to rid myself of trying to work out Your plan for my life.


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