Read 14.) Genesis 25:19 thru 27:41. God just gave Isaac a wife in Rebekah with chapter 24. Having done so, you might think this was a ‘marriage made in heaven’. Pay close attention to the family dynamics of Isaac’s household. It’s anything, but ‘wedded bliss’! One of the reasons we don’t call this a ‘Jewish book’ is because the people of Israel, beginning with Abraham, are presented rather unflatteringly, with their warts and all. This is not how a people would glorify themselves, if it was solely their own work. Starting at 25:19, Isaac is 40 when he married. For 20 years they were childless. God had given Isaac a barren woman to be his bride! Only after prayer, did she conceive… twin boys, but certainly not identical, as we soon learn! Remember this prophecy of verse 23, as this will profoundly affect our story in the future. Esau will one day serve Jacob! We note that their ‘family dynamics’ headed south with verses 27 and 28. Mom and dad played favorites! This will be a very costly mistake. With verses 29 thru 34, we read of how Jacob, whose name means ‘supplanter’ and ‘deceiver’ secured the ‘birth right’ of the first-born to himself.
With chapter 26, we read of the 2 occasions when God came to Isaac to pass His promises to Abraham down to him, in verses 1 thru 6, and again in verse 24. And, what were they again? Land, descendants and Messiah! The Lord begins to tangibly fulfill His promised blessing of Isaac with verses 12+13. The passage of 26 thru 29 is very meaningful, as it demonstrates the manner in which God was to bring the peoples of the world unto Himself thru the people of Israel. They were to live by faith in obedience to Him, and He, in return was going to so bless Israel, that the world would respond as Abimelech and Phicol had; clearly seeing that the Lord was with them, and that they were being greatly blessed by the Him. We will learn of this in Exodus, the next book.
Chapter 27 only depicts further family deterioration; with discontent and lies, demonstrating bad character. Again, Jacob, the Father of the nation of Israel is right in the very thick of this intrigue! As best we can determine, Isaac is 130 and the twins are 70. The Bible highlights their favoritism with verses 1, 5 and 6. It specifically states that Esau was Isaac’s son, while Jacob was… Rebekah’s son. For decades they’ve played these favorites! Rebekah conspires with Jacob, showing great disrespect for her husband, Isaac. See how Jacob doesn’t object to the deception because it would be wrong, but because he feared getting caught! Verse 20 is telling, as Jacob refers to the Lord as his father Isaac’s god, but not his own… yet. Isaac allowed himself to be deceived, as he relied on his senses, rather than his intuition or instincts. And, had he gotten closer to God, he’d have probably learned the blessing was to go to Jacob to begin with! God can use the weaknesses and even the wickedness of men to achieve His own ends, as He does here! This is not to excuse any of it! Note verse 40 well, as Esau does not forget this! Further family intrigue is about to play out to advance the Plan of God. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell