“And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing (intending) to kill thee. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; And tarry (stay) with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;”Genesis 27:41-44
I remember that in my teen years, at times, I resented those who sought to do right. I felt like they were “holy rollers” and were just trying to impress people instead of pleasing God. I scrutinized their lives and found every fault I could find with them while ignoring my own obvious and abounding faults. Thomas Sowell states, “Nothing is easier than to prove that something human has imperfections. I’m amazed at how many people devote themselves to that task.” I seemed to be devoted to this task and was highly critical of others, especially those the teachers liked and the youth leaders were attracted to. I was honestly jealous of these folks as I lacked the discipline to be a follower of Jesus Christ, but I so desperately wanted to be like them.
I thought of ways to attack them and tear down their “squeaky clean” image and honestly hoped that they would fall, so I would not look so bad in their eyes. I look at Esau here in this passage and see how he was mad at his brother for his trickery, but he willingly sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. He devalued the birthright and clearly just wanted to satisfy his immediate fleshly need at the moment, but yet wanted to kill his brother because he realized his father’s blessing for him as the elder brother was taken by his younger brother. He had resentment and jealousy towards his own brother, but he really should have had that angst towards himself for his poor, short-sighted decisions. Jacob was not innocent in the matter, but his trickery and betrayal was not worthy of the death penalty.
I think of Rebekah in this case and how she was the mastermind of this wicked plot to deceive her husband, Issac. Even though God’s plan was for Jacob to receive the blessing, she took matters into her own hands. She tried to manipulate things into what she wanted them to be, even though God needed no assistance nor did he ask for her help. Rebekah deceived her husband and used Jacob to deceive his own father and steal the blessing from his brother. Sin always brings about consequences, and her consequences pitted the two brothers against each other and brought sorrow and anguish on her husband. Rebekah even had to intervene and send Jacob away because her other son sought his life and was not willing to allow the Lord to execute judgment. We may think we are in the background orchestrating life, but God is not fooled and he will pull back the curtain on the one trying to hide behind it. Rebekah’s sins came to light, and it cost Esau his blessing, Jacob his safety, Issac his happiness, and Rebekah her sons.
Where are you today friend? Do you desire to see God’s people do right or do you rejoice when you see someone fall into sin? Do you devalue your blessing and then blame others for your poor actions and choices? Are you one who acts behind the scenes, trying to manipulate things so that you can try and control outcomes? Do you realize that God is in control and He needs no help or guidance? Are you deceitful in your actions? Are you praying according to God’s will, or do you seek your own way and are willing to have it at all costs? May we pray for God’s will to be done in our life even if His will differs from what we think we want. God always knows what is best, and if we surrender to His will, we will reap his unspeakable joy.