14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me.
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.
24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed:
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
K.J.V. Bible Text
We find in today’s reading that Jacob followed his mother’s instructions. He brought the young goats to his mother to prepare a meal for Isaac. Rebekah dressed Jacob in clothes belonging to Esau and covered his hands and neck with goatskins so that if Isaac touched him he would not feel Jacob’s smooth skin.
Jacob delivered the food his mother prepared to his father and told his father that he was Esau.
Isaac, though elderly and dim of vision, realized that it had not been that long since his request for the game. He asked how the game was found so quickly. Jacob told him another untruth, saying that God was responsible for his quick success.
Isaac, apparently a very wise old man, asked Jacob to come closer. He questioned his identity and even realized that the voice was that of Jacob rather than Esau. Yet, the smell of Esau’s clothing and the hairiness he felt when he touched Jacob’s hands (really he was touching the goatskins) convinced him that it was in fact Esau.
So the ruse perpetrated by Rebekah and Jacob worked. Jacob received the blessing that Isaac thought he was giving to his firstborn son, Esau. This part of the blessing was particularly interesting to me: “Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee…”
It seems that by having this blessing given to him, Jacob did indeed steal the birthright of his brother Esau, who was after all first born.
I don’t know about you, but I’m finding this story about Jacob and Esau very exciting. I wonder what the reaction of Esau will be when he learns what Jacob did in his absence. I wonder if he will find out that his mother had a part in the ruse.
Come read with me again tomorrow and we will see what the scripture says about these matters.
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