Seventh Day of Lent

Scripture: Genesis 27:1-29

Before going deeper into this story, it is important to first understand the meaning behind the blessing of which this passage speaks. This was not just a nice thing to receive, it was a promise honoured by God ensuring a good, prosperous life. The promise was that the receiver would live a blessed life and would be served and honoured by both his brothers and the nations.

Jacob and Esau were twins. Esau was his father’s favourite son, and Jacob was his mother’s favourite. Esau has sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew (Genesis 25:29-24). However, Isaac wanted to bestow his blessing upon his favourite son. So he went to Esau in secret (it was meant to be a family affair), asking him to prepare a meal and to receive the blessing. Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, was listening in and wanting to advocate for Jacob, decided to take matters into her own hands. To resolve the problem, Rebekah and Jacob tricked Isaac into placing the blessing upon its rightful receiver.

There are a few elements of this story that I would like to highlight. I would firstly like to point out that Isaac was sinning. He planned to disobey God by blessing his favourite son instead of the son that God intended (Genesis 25:23). However, Rebekah and Jacob were also sinning, deceiving Isaac into giving the blessing to Jacob. Although their intentions were to fulfill the prophecy, their actions did not reflect a godly lifestyle. They did not once go to God for help; instead, they decided to work things out on their own. Yet the prophecy was still fulfilled.

Why is this? Since Jacob sinned against God, why should he be blessed? I think that the truth behind this passage is that God orchestrates good things always. I believe that God can make beautiful things out of all situations, even sinful ones. Even though we, like Jacob, are sinners, God is still faithful. It is in situations like these where we see the proof of God’s grace. He always keeps His promises and wants the best for us. We are, after all, His children.

~Alannah DeJong, Lighthouse Community Church, Sarnia, ON