Today’s Scripture for our series, Blogging Through The Bible in 2020 is going to come from Genesis 27. Genesis 27:22 says, “So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, ‘The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.'”
Welcome to another episode of “As Abraham’s Family Turns.” There is so much of the book of Genesis that feels like something you would see either on a soap opera or an episode of the Jerry Springer Show. Abraham practiced deception on multiple occasions in his life, his son Isaac has done the same, and now Isaac’s youngest son, Jacob is following in his dad and granddad’s footsteps. Isaac is old at this point and he is near death. He had told his oldest son, Esau, to go out and hunt, bring back some food to prepare for him, and after he eats it then Isaac would bless Esau. Esau being the oldest, this is how it was supposed to go in his culture. However, if you remember back to Genesis 25, we see that God had prophesied that the older would serve the younger. And now here in Genesis 27, we see exactly how that is going to play out.
While Esau was out hunting and going to come back expecting to receive the paternal blessing, Rebekah hatches a plot for her favorite son, Jacob, to receive the blessing. Instead of going out to hunt for the food, Jacob merely had to go get two kid goats and bring them in. Then, his mom would cook them, and to fool Isaac, Rebekah put the goat skin over Jacob’s hands to make a blind Isaac think it was his hairy son, Esau. The crazy thing is this, it worked. But the interesting thing here is our verse today, Isaac questioned himself. He knew his two sons voices. But instead of listening to his gut and recognizing the voice, he fell victim to walking by touch. With his eye sight failing and Isaac trusting what he felt, the deception worked, and Jacob stole Esau’s blessing. What could this story possibly have to teach us in 2020?
The first lesson that I think we need to see here is the sovereignty of God. to be sovereign means to be in control of all things, at all times. Because He is the sovereign Lord, God can use anyone and anything to accomplish His purpose. This doesn’t meant that God was ok with the deception of Rebekah and Jacob. God will never condone sin. Rather, it is meant to show us that God can use anyone and anything to accomplish His purpose. Another lesson that I think we need to learn here is this, we need to spend time in prayer over decisions, not rush into them. One of the prayers that we should pray each day is for God to give us wisdom and discernment. Isaac had a feeling that something was going on, but instead of praying about it, instead of trusting what he knew; he did things his way. In today’s world we often hear the phrase, “just go with your heart” or “listen to your heart.” That would be great advice, except the Bible says that our heart is “deceitful and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9). Because of our sin nature, our heart wants what it wants, and it seldom cares who gets hurt or how it has to go about getting what it wants. If we are going to walk in wisdom, we must pray to the Father of wisdom. God has all the knowledge we need, and He is waiting on you to ask Him. The last lesson from this story is about discernment. This goes along with prayer, because prayer is how God gives us discernment. But it takes it a little further. Discernment comes as we ask God what is right, and then we spend time in the Bible. The ability to look down the road and determine the possible outcome of a decision was make today is what the Bible calls prudence. This is something that we desperately need today in our culture. We need wisdom from God and discernment to know what is right, and then we need to practice prudence to see how a decision today could affect our future, and the futures of those around us.
Let’s no be in such a big hurry all of the time. Let’s take our time to pray and study Scripture, and to allow God to give us the wisdom we need for the decisions that we can make. As long as we follow God, we will never go wrong.
By His grace and for His glory,