Jacob Pretends To Be Esau!
In cooperating with the scheme, Jacob was only obeying his mother, but he could have refused and suggested that they just face the situation honestly and confront Isaac. But once Jacob put on Esau’s clothes and took the savory meal in his hands, the die was cast and he had to play the part successfully. See how one lie led to another, for deception can be defended only by more deception. Jacob was weaving the tangled web.
He Lied About His Name
Then Jacob went to his father and said, “Father!”
“Yes,” he answered. “Which of my sons are you?”
Jacob answered, “I am your older son Esau; I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of the meat that I have brought you, so that you can give me your blessing.”
Genesis 27:18-19 (GNT)
This whole episode is riddled with lies and deceit. It is unthinkable, as some have suggested, that this was ordered by God so that the blessing of Abraham would pass on to Jacob instead of Esau. Rebekah didn’t have to use lies and deception to obtain God’s blessing.
The Lord had promised the greater blessing to the younger of the twins, and God would have gotten it to Jacob somehow. God’s blessing came on Jacob later, as recorded in Genesis 28:10-15.
Did Isaac ask for identification because he was hard of hearing?
Probably not (v. 22); it’s likely he was starting to get suspicious because he didn’t expect Esau to return so quickly from the hunt (v. 20). Furthermore, the voice he heard didn’t sound like the voice of Esau. That’s when Jacob told his first lie: He claimed to be Esau.
This instance teaches great lessons about the power of a blessing, but we should never seek to imitate Rebekah and Jacob’s actions. We can’t use the devil’s methods to obtain God’s results.
He Lied About The Food And The Lord
Jacob replied to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may bless me.”
But Isaac said to his son, “How did you ever find it so quickly, my son?”
He replied, “Because the LORD your God worked it out for me.”
Genesis 27:19-20 (HCSB)
He claimed to have obeyed his father’s wishes (lie #2), and he called the goat’s meat “my game” (lie #3). He even gave credit to the Lord for helping him find it so quickly (lie #4). He not only lied about himself, but he also lied about the Lord! To use the Lord to cover up sin is a step toward blasphemy.
The lies and deceptions Jacob so successfully employed here show that he was not a man of great character at this time. He lied without conscience. He even invoked the Lord in his lie.
He Lied Again About His Identity And About His Love
Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come closer so that I can touch you. Are you really Esau?” Jacob moved closer to his father, who felt him and said, “Your voice sounds like Jacob’s voice, but your arms feel like Esau’s arms.” He did not recognize Jacob, because his arms were hairy like Esau’s. He was about to give him his blessing, but asked again, “Are you really Esau?”
“I am,” he answered.
Isaac said, “Bring me some of the meat. After I eat it, I will give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him, and he also brought him some wine to drink. Then his father said to him, “Come closer and kiss me, son.” As he came up to kiss him, Isaac smelled his clothes—so he gave him his blessing. He said, “The pleasant smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed.”
Genesis 27:21-27 (GNT)
Unwilling to trust his ears, Isaac felt Jacob’s hands and mistook goatskin for human hair, and Jacob assured him again that he indeed was Esau (lie #5). How tragic it is to see a son so dishonor his father! After Isaac had eaten the meal, he asked Jacob to kiss him, and that kiss was the sixth lie, for it was hypocritical (Luke 22:48).
Judas comes to mind. A kiss of betrayal. Greed at the heart of it lies all around it.
How could you, Jacob?
How could Jacob claim to love his father when he was in the act of deceiving him?
More to the point, how could you, Rebecca?
You used your son to betray your husband. Only a wife would know how best to deceive the man who loved her, confusing his senses so thoroughly he made the wrong son his heir. Well, wrong from Isaac’s point of view, quite right from Rebecca’s.
Since the smell of the garments finally convinced Isaac that Esau was there, the stage was now set for the giving of the blessing.
May God give to you—
from the dew of the sky
and from the richness of the land—
an abundance of grain and new wine.
May peoples serve you
and nations bow down to you.
Be master over your brothers;
may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Those who curse you will be cursed,
and those who bless you will be blessed.
Genesis 27:28-29 (HCSB)
Isaac blessed Jacob with natural and material wealth, so important to people who belong to the land, but he added political authority with reference to his own people and other nations. Isaac reaffirmed the word God gave about the boys (25:23), and in using plural nouns (“brothers” and “sons”), he looked beyond Jacob’s day to the time when Abraham’s seed would multiply. During the reigns of David and Solomon, other nations were subjected to the rule of Israel. He assured him not only of God’s blessing, but also of God’s protection, and he quoted the Lord’s original promise to Abraham (12:3).
The deed was done. Isaac couldn’t revoke the blessing, and nobody in the family could alter the consequences.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
The Lord is ever with me to bless me. He gives me abundance in every area of my life. Those who curse me curse only themselves and those who bless me are blessed with God’s own endowment of abundance.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’s name!
|Be Authentic (Genesis 25-50)
By Warren W. Wiersbe
Life is full of imitations. Which is why today’s culture genuine, transparent people of God; believers who crave real spiritual growth. But what does that look like? The book of Genesis provides the answer, where we find 3 men who experienced an authentic life: Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Be Authentic: Genesis 25-50 shows the vital need shows the vital need for authenticity in an artificial world. Through this commentary you will discover how to pursue authentic relationships with others and God and how to live out your faith in an irresistible, compelling way.