When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” 2He said, “See, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me. 4Then prepare for me savory food, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die.” 5Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father say to your brother Esau, 7‘Bring me game, and prepare for me savory food to eat, that I may bless you before the Lord before I die.’ 8Now therefore, my son, obey my word as I command you. 9Go to the flock, and get me two choice kids, so that I may prepare from them savory food for your father, such as he likes; 10and you shall take it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” 11But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a man of smooth skin.12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.” 13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word, and go, get them for me.” 14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared savory food, such as his father loved.15Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob;16and she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17Then she handed the savory food, and the bread that she had prepared, to her son Jacob. (Genesis 27:1-17, NRSV)
Why did Rebekah and Jacob steal the blessing Esau was to be given by Isaac? To me, this story has always seemed odd to have in the story of the forefathers of our religion.
So why is it here? Well if you follow through the story of Jacob, he starts all kind of trouble and eventually gets renamed to Israel. Israel goes through a lot of troubling times. But through it all God is with him.
Even when he and his mother trick his father. And when he has to be reunited with his brother that he bought his birthright from and stole his blessing.
This story I believe is here to show us that even at our worst, God is still walking with us. Wondering why we are doing these things, but always with us.