After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. Esau approached his father with the meal he had freshly prepared and said, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” This interaction really confused Isaac and he had to tell Esau that he had already given away the blessing to his brother Jacob: “I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!” Esau took this news really hard and with a loud and bitter cry he said: “Bless me—me too, my father!” Isaac answered, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.” With growing hurt and anger Esau spoke what was on his mind, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”
Esau asked his father, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?” Isaac told Esau plainly that he had given it all to Jacob. Can you hear the desperation in Esau’s voice? “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. Esau received a sad “blessing” and held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. When we think about the present and we reflect on this part of God’s Story written years ago, the names may be different, but the challenge to living morally upright lives in complicated settings is the same. May we learn from the examples of others, and seek God for His guidance to lead us through the confusion.