18So he went in to his father, and said, “My father”; and he said, “Here I am; who are you, my son?” 19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me.” 20But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.” 21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” 25Then he said, “Bring it to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” 27So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.28May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. 29Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!” (Genesis 27:18-29, NRSV)
Have you ever tricked someone for gain?
We were out to eat with friends the other day and my wife and I paid the bill and the other couple gave us cash to cover their portion, and they gave me way to much and I said nope let’s figure this out again because that is too much. Now I could have just said thank you for covering more than you needed to, or not said anything at all, but I couldn’t.
But here clearly Jacob lies and Isaac hears the voice of Jacob, but because his eyesight is bad and he feels the hairy skin and smells the animal smell from the flesh on Jacob Isaac thinks this is Esau. So Jacob tricks Isaac into blessing him, and like yesterday I wonder why this is here, why did this happen.
It happened to show us that even at our lowest God is with and every action has consequences. Jacob must face Esau in the future and it is an anxious time for him. But even through that God is with us.
So who have you tricked and what was the follow up?