So Isaac dwelt in Gerar. 7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” because he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold.” Genesis 26:6-7
I’ll say it again: What IS it with these guys? Isaac goes for the same play his dad made with HIS wife. Not only that, he does it to the same king Abraham used that line on!
The apple definitely didn’t fall far from the tree.
Then we have the boys, Jacob and Esau, the twins. Esau was born first, but Jacob was trying to make a race of it. He was hanging on to Esau’s heel all the way out. They started young.
Both boys were definitely their father’s sons. Jacob was a schemer, and Esau, well, he wasn’t quite the sharpest tool in the shed. He came back from hunting one day, smelled a great stew Jacob had whipped up, and asked for a heaping helping. Jacob seized this opportunity to take away Esau’s birthright in exchange for some stew.
Esau replied that was fine. He was starved and said he couldn’t eat his birthright. Like I said…not the sharpest. He didn’t stop to think that he might want that someday. Which he did.
Isaac, toward the end of his life, wanted to bestow his blessing on Esau before he died. He told him to hunt some game and make a meal for him. Esau took off, eager to get the blessing of birthright, which he had already agreed to let Jacob have.
Rebecca, meanwhile, overheard the conversation, whipped up a meal along with a plot for Jacob, her fave son, to steal Esau’s blessing and inheritance. Isaac was blind, and when Jacob came in with the food, Isaac said he sure sounded like Jacob, but Rebecca had put goatskins on his arms to feel like Esau. And smell like him.
Jacob then got Isaac’s irrevocable blessing to seal the earlier deal of selling Esau some stew for his birthright.
This family put the FUN in DysFUNctional!
Not only is this a continuing example of how biblical heroes were just as flawed as we are, but this shows how God can use even our worst traits and actions to make something good happen!
Jacob is who was needed to be the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Juda, not the less astute Esau. Jacob may not have been the most honest guy, but God made use of his shrewdness, which I think must have found its way into his youngest son Joseph years later.
I’m not saying we should be ok with sinning, since God can make “everything work together for good.” We should, however, be relieved to know that whatever mistakes we do make, whatever sins we commit, God not only forgives them, but can develop them into something good!