When Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see where he looked, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.”
2 He said, “See, I am old; I do not know the day of my death.
3 Now, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go outside and hunt game for me,
4 and prepare for me delicious food, the kind that I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, and my soul will give a blessing to you before I die.”
5 But Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went outside to hunt for game and bring it,
6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I overheard your father tell your brother Esau,
7 ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the LORD before I die.’
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice when I command you.
9 Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, the kind he loves.
10 And you will bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.”
11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “See, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and this will bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.”
13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only listen to my voice, and go, get them for me.”
Before condemning Rebekah for her sneaky ways here, we had better remember that the LORD had spoken to her in answer to her prayer when her children were being born. He told her that the older would serve the younger. She knew that the blessing was supposed to go to Jacob, not Esau. Either Isaac had forgotten this word, refused to believe it, or did not know it. Either way, Rebekah is compelled to act. It would seem the logical thing to do would be to approach Isaac and appeal to him, but Rebekah chooses to deceive him instead. Jacob does not know it, but this deceptive disguise that goes around today will come around to him on the day when he gets married.
In the midst of all this, there is a sovereign God at work, performing his plan in spite of all the deceptions and scheming of humanity. This even broke apart a household, and revealed murderous intent in the heart of Esau. But still, it was God at work among them. His plan incorporates our brokenness. So, when things happen that we do not expect, perhaps we should look for what God is doing in them, instead of seeking someone to blame for them.
LORD, forgive us for only looking at the surface of unexpected events. Teach us to trust your sovereignty and rely on your Holy Spirit to guide us, even when we know bad things are happening.