Genesis – Chapter 27: Jacob Gets Isaac’s Blessing

In the last chapter we read in Genesis, we learned of Isaac’s encounter with Abimelech.  Isaac tried to pass off Rebekah as his sister (God doesn’t intervene) and eventually reaches an agreement with Abimelech.  This chapter brings back Jacob and Esau.  The story begins with an old and nearly blind Isaac calling for his oldest son, Esau.

“Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” – Genesis 27:4

This does not please Rebekah.

“Rebekah said to her son Jacob, ‘Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau…Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.  Then take it to our father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.” – Genesis 27:6-10

This sounds like a healthy family.  Back-stabbing is a command of the Lord, right?

“Jacob said to his father, ‘I am Esau your firstborn.” – Genesis 27:19

In case anyone thinks this is solely a deception by Rebekah, you are wrong.  Jacob freely takes part in this deception.  Jacob tells his father:

“’The Lord your God gave me success,’ he replied.” – Genesis 27:20

Jacob lies about the Lord.  Surely God will punish Jacob!  Isaac even questions Jacob asking if it is really Esau.  Jacob has a chance to end this lie, but doesn’t.  He continues to lie to Isaac.  Isaac can’t see and blesses Jacob, not realizing it is Jacob and not Esau as Isaac thought.  Esau enters and the game is up.

“Isaac trembled violently and said, ‘Who was it, then, that hunted the game and brought it to me?  I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!’” – Genesis 27:33

If the blessing was based on a lie, why can’t Isaac take the blessing back?  Surely the all-knowing God will not accept a blessing based on a lie.  Will He?

“But he (Isaac) said, ‘Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.’” – Genesis 27:35

It should be very disturbing to all Christians that God accepts blessings based on lies.  What kind of all-knowing God does that?  One who works in mysterious ways?  LOL!  Esau pleads his case to no avail.

“His father Isaac answered him, ‘Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above.  You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother.  But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.’” – Genesis 27:39-40

Wow!  Esau must suffer because of his brother’s lies.  That’s the God of the Bible for you.  An all-knowing God that does nothing about lying.

Esau pledges to kill Jacob, but Rebekah catches wind of this and warns Jacob.  She also says:

“Why should I lose both of you in one day?” – Genesis 27:45

Uh, Rebekah, YOU’RE the one who hatched this stupid plan that caused all of this!  This is YOUR fault!!!  And God’s for not intervening.

“Then Rebekah said to Isaac, ‘I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women.  If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of the land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.” – Genesis 27:46

That’s quite the case of xenophobia.  Again, Rebekah turns out to be a great family woman.  🙂

To sum up Chapter 27, we basically learn much of the Bible is based on a lie.  We’ll see that Jacob and his descendants have a great role to play in the Bible, but only because he and Rebekah trick Isaac into blessing him.  It’s all based a lie, and this all-powerful God allows it!!!  Jacob even lies about the Lord and God does NOTHING!!!

Coming Soon:  Genesis – Chapter 28:  Jacob Flees to Laban

2 thoughts on “Genesis – Chapter 27: Jacob Gets Isaac’s Blessing

  1. One thing that always bothered me about this story was that it presents blessings as being finite, as if Isaac only has one blessing to give, and once he blesses Jacob he can’t turn around and also bless Esau equally. That’s ridiculous to me though. Blessings call upon the supposedly all powerful God to do good things for someone. This idea of blessings as finite isn’t (to my knowledge) presented anywhere else in the mythology of the Abrahamic God, so it’s a major inconsistency. If you go to a priest or rabbi, to my knowledge, you won’t get turned away with a statement like “Sorry, all out of blessings for today. Need to restock.” What the heck, Isaac?

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