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Deception and Holiness

Genesis 27:1-4,15-17,27-29 Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” Isaac said, “Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. “Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me; and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die”... Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made, to her son Jacob... So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said, “See, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed; Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And an abundance of grain and new wine; May peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you; Be master of your brothers, And may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you.”

This is one of the Bible stories I wished dint exist. It seems to shake the core of our belief because Jesus Christ, the messiah of the world, was born in the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Makes one wonder why God would permit such people in his kingdom who make such a mockery of His holy name? Today's chapter is a chapter of deception, revelation of the truth and blessings that went the wrong way.

The main characters are Isaac - the father, Esau - the son who deserved to be blessed by virtue of being born first, Jacob - the younger son who is also referred to as the deceiver and Rebekah - the mother who supported Jacob in deceiving Isaac.

In the context of a Holy God, what room is there for such deception and what is God speaking to us today?

When we consider the life of Jesus, we see clearly that He came to save the lost and therefore His ministry was among the lost, not the 'found'. In much the same way, this story of Isaac, Esau, Jacob and Rebekah reveals to us the brokenness of the human race.

The brokenness of man that necessitates the need for a savior, someone who can come and cleanse us, purify us and make us worthy, else we will die in the frustration of living in our sin.

The story of such a deception shows us clearly that the God of the Bible is not one who hides in the confines of His comforts but is someone who talks our language and walks with us even though we are so unworthy.

Esau represents every one of us who live for the moment and hopes that it will all eventually work out. Jacob represents those of us who live lives of purpose and are driven by our blind ambition of fame and fortune. Rebekah represents those of us who are quick to judge and take it upon ourselves to right wrongs and set the record straight.

We are one of them or not but at the very core we are not right in the sight of God. The good news is that God calls us to come to Him with our grieving and sinful hearts and to submit ourselves to Him for his salvation through the blood of His son Jesus Christ.

I pray today that whether we are a Esau, Jacob or Rebekah, we would all stand before the most merciful son of God, Jesus Christ, and admit to Him our insufficiency and His sufficiency. That we will ask Him to wash us clean with His shed blood and enter us through His Holy Spirit to shape and direct us for His glory.

In His Loving Service,


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