“And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.”
She and her husband each loved a child more than the other, which was a recipe for disaster.
“And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.”
The struggle between her twin boys became an epic situation full of deception.
Rebekah overheard Isaac tell Esau to go out, take venison, and make him the savoury meat which he loved so that he could eat and then bless Esau before he died.
She then told Jacob of her plan to deceive his father, and persuaded him to do just as she said.
“Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.”
She not only gave Jacob the savoury meat, but she prepared it herself.
The meat was not the kind that Isaac loved; it was only a form of the real recipe.
She prepared the son she loved to deceive her husband so that he could get the blessing that his brother was to be given.
She taught him to deceive, and enabled him to do so.
Her partiality in her children led to jealousy, strife, and ultimately contention.
Rebekah also serves as an example that we can deceive not only ourselves, but also those around us in an effort to fulfill our own will for our lives.
Isaiah 65-66 | John 6 | Psalm 17-18
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