January 25 – Battle over the Blessing

Generally speaking, having favorites is an unhealthy habit for parents.  We can see this statement lived out in the lives of Jacob and Esau as their parents each had their favorite son.  Even though Isaac’s firstborn son Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of bean soup, Isaac still planned to give Esau his blessing.  Just before he died, Isaac told Esau, “Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” Rebekah overheard Isaac and since she loved Jacob and wanted the best for him, she schemed with her favorite son, Jacob.  Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.  Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”  Jacob wasn’t so sure the plan would work, for although Isaac had lost his eyesight, he hadn’t lost his sense of touch.  If Isaac touched Jacob he would know Jacob was not his hairy son Esau.  Jacob replied, “I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”  The backdrop is set for the battle over the blessing.

Genesis 27:4, 8-10, 12b NIV