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Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing – Sibling Rivalry & Deceit

Bible Study Lessons From Genesis 27:1-40

Jacob steals Esau's blessingAfter Esau gives away his birthright, there’s another deceitful plan in the making. This time,  Jacob steals Esau’s blessing with a little help from his mother.

In this study lesson from the Book of Genesis we learn that Rebekah and Jacob plan to deceive Isaac, his father.

They will steal away the blessing meant for Esau in order to get what they want out of life.

How do these Scripture verses apply to us?

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Jacob and Esau – Again – Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing

Then he came to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”

Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me.”

Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me.”

Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come close, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”

So Jacob came close to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”

He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.

And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am.”

So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that I may bless you.”

And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank.

Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.”

So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said,

“See, the smell of my son

Is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed;

Now may God give you of the dew of heaven,

And of the fatness of the earth,

And an abundance of grain and new wine;

May peoples serve you,

And nations bow down to you;

Be master of your brothers,

And may your mother’s sons bow down to you.

Cursed be those who curse you,

And blessed be those who bless you.” – Genesis 27:18-29 NASB

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Rebekah Gives Jacob a “Helping Hand” – The Covenant

If you remember earlier that God had promised Rebekah that Jacob would become the family ruler. She decided that she would “help” matters along by doing it her way.

Rebekah decided that God could not handle this situation so resorted to a scheme in order to give Jacob the blessing that belonged to Esau.

Deception

Jacob really “played the part” in the deception by lying to his father in order to get what he wanted.

Not only did Jacob lie, but he used God in his lie. This verse is worth repeating:

20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me.” NASB

I don’t know about you but I would be petrified to make a statement like this concerning my Lord. This shows how far greed can take a person.

Do We Sometimes “Help” God with Our Plans?

Rebekah’s plans for Jacob reflects on our lives and the way we sometimes do the very same thing.

We too have goals in life for success which we want to accomplish. To reach them, we sometimes we take matters into our own hands instead of trusting that God can lead us in the right direction.

God Approved?

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Yes, I am asking myself the same question.

Love in Christ

– Bob

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