Daily Reading: Genesis 27, 28; Matthew 9:18-38
But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.” (Genesis 27:13, NASB95)
Rebekah and Jacob conspire to get Isaac to bless him instead of Esau. In some ways, it’s a very difficult story, leaving the reader with many questions to answer. 1. Why would Isaac want to bless Esau when God had revealed that the older would serve the younger (Gen. 25:23)? 2. Why does God choose Jacob when he obtained the blessing through deception? 3. Does the blessing work that way, where the words spoken by the patriarch have eternal consequences?
- Rebekah and Isaac both had their favourite son, but God’s choice would prevail. God’s people need to take His will above their own. Rebekah and Jacob take things into their own hands, seeking to bring God’s will about through deception.
- The patriarchs (and Rebekah) have not learned to trust God to fulfill His promises. God does not want His promise be brought about by human effort, especially when it means acting in deception. Previously, both Abraham and Isaac lied to protect themselves, but it was God’s intervention that rescued them from their trials.
- The blessing is dependant on God’s choice apart from our works. They were not chosen because of their works, but in spite of them. In order for a person to receive the blessing, one must cooperate with God’s plan and follow His way, something they would need to learn.
God had revealed to Rebekah His will concerning Jacob. She should have trusted God to make His will known to Isaac. We should act in love and truth, knowing that God will bring about His purposes and take care of us. Are you trusting God to bring about His purposes in your life? How does your life show that you are submitted to God’s will?