Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
27 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
K.J.V. Bible Text
I left off the last two verses of Genesis 26 from yesterday’s reading because it seemed to go better with the following chapter. However, the comment that Esau’s two wives were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah, at least at this point of the scripture, seems to stand alone. It does make me think however, that daughters-in-law can be a source of distress to us to this day. (I will say however, that I have three of them and have been so blessed because they are all a source of joy!)
From there we go to the story about Jacob taking Esau’s blessing. You may recall from one of our previous readings that Rebekah loved Jacob but Isaac loved Esau who hunted wild game. Now we see how a mother’s ambition for her favorite son caused her to encourage him to do something wrong.
In this story, Esau is sent out into the country by his ailing, old father to bring back some game for a tasty meal. Esau is promised by Jacob that upon his return, he will be given his father’s dying blessing.
Rebekah desires that blessing for her favorite son, so she instructs Jacob to choose two young goats so she can make a tasty meal for him to give to his father, while pretending he was Esau, and thereby receive Isaac’s blessing himself.
Apparently, Isaac could no longer see well because Jacob was not afraid that his father would recognize him by sight but by touch. He knew that his smooth skin would let Isaac know that he was not Esau.
At this point, Rebekah says something that in today’s language I interpret as being, “I’ll take the blame; just do what I say.”
How is this going to turn out? We’ll see tomorrow.
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