5 Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. Esau left for the open country. He went to hunt for a wild animal and bring it back. 6 Then Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau. 7 He said, ‘Bring me a wild animal. Prepare some tasty food for me to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing before I die. The Lord will be my witness.’ ” 8 Rebekah continued, “My son, listen carefully. Do what I tell you. 9 Go out to the flock. Bring me two of the finest young goats. I will prepare tasty food for your father. I’ll make it just the way he likes it. 10 I want you to take it to your father to eat. Then he’ll give you his blessing before he dies.” 11 Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “My brother Esau’s body is covered with hair. But my skin is smooth. 12 What if my father touches me? He would know I was trying to trick him. He would curse me instead of giving me a blessing.” 13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse be on me. Just do what I say. Go and get the goats for me.” 14 So he went and got the goats. He brought them to his mother. And she prepared some tasty food. She made it just the way his father liked it. 15 The clothes of her older son Esau were in her house. She took Esau’s best clothes and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She covered his hands with the skins of the goats. She also covered the smooth part of his neck with them. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. 18 He went to his father and said, “My father.” “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who is it?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I’m your oldest son Esau. I’ve done as you told me. Please sit up. Eat some of my wild meat. Then give me your blessing.” 20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied. 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son. I want to know whether you really are my son Esau.” 22 Jacob went close to his father. Isaac touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob. But the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 Isaac didn’t recognize Jacob. Jacob’s hands were covered with hair like those of his brother Esau. So Isaac blessed him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” Jacob replied. 25 Isaac said, “My son, bring me some of your wild meat to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him. So Isaac ate. Jacob also brought some wine. And Isaac drank. 26 Then Jacob’s father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son. Kiss me.” 27 So Jacob went to him and kissed him. When Isaac smelled the clothes, he gave Jacob his blessing. He said, “It really is the smell of my son. It’s like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. 28 May God give you dew from heaven. May he give you the richness of the earth. May he give you plenty of grain and fresh wine. 29 May nations serve you. May they bow down to you. Rule over your brothers. May the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed. And may those who bless you be blessed.”
Oh dear. Poor Isaac. The wool that wasn’t on Jacob’s arms was well and truly pulled over Isaac’ eyes.
And verse 20 has a particularly nasty tone to it – using Gods name as part of the ruse. Deplorable!
We had a great preaching series at Church lately on Fatherhood. I’ll admit sometimes I feel like I’m just the money making taxi driver – earn the money and drive the kids around.
But we Fathers are much, much more than that. We hold a God-ordained calling to bless and protect our families. To speak incredible life and vitality and hope into our kids. To bind things away from them and release them like a sling-shot into all that God has planned for them.
That’s what Isaac, even as a frail old man, did for Jacob. Isaac was a Father. And he had the full weight of God almighty behind every word he said.
And Fathers, so do you and I.
Lord, please raise up a mighty nation of Dads like this country has never seen! In Jesus name, Amen.
Written by Boudy vanNoppen