Deceived to Bless

Genesis 27:14-29

14 So Jacob went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.” “Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.” 22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.” 27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he 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 heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. 29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”

Medical Exam

A man who had problem with his eyesight sent his cousin to take a medical exam and had great result. He used the result of his cousin’s medical exam and applied for work abroad. Eventually, he was given a contract and worked abroad.

Many job applicants do whatever it takes just to be hired. Deception of job application instigates ready-made diplomas and transcript of records. Deception has become a common practice in the business world just gain more profits.

The Lord declared in John 16:8-11, 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

The business world endures is crowded with smartness and deception. It’s really frustrating when we are at the receiving end of deception. Our attitude with it may reveal our worldview on life’s challenges that God allows us to overcome.

Time is coming near when Christ comes again and all deceptions will end.

When using deception to attain or acquire some benefits, does it result to blessing? When one deceives another person, does it result to a blessed life?

Let us learn from the family of Isaac.

When Isaac was old and well advanced in years, he told his firstborn son Esau that he will give him his blessing. As part of the ceremony to give blessing, Isaac instructed him to hunt and prepare his favorite tasty food before he would bless him. Coincidentally, Rebekah heard it and planned a deception.

Rebekah instructed what should be done, and Jacob executed the idea to have his father Isaac bless him instead of his older brother Esau.

1. Execute

14 So Jacob went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

Jacob was hesitant. He argued that his father might sense deception. Jacob had fair and smooth skin while Esau was a hairy man. Jacob was nervous that their plan might backfire on him. Rebekah has perceived it. So, she planned how to solve Jacob’s dilemma, and with much confidence they executed her plan.

Deception can shake anyone’s confidence. Jacob may not have much confidence but he did everything that Rebekah told him. Anyways, his mother Rebekah offered to take the curse if their deceptive plan brings curse.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.” “Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.

It was not mentioned if Rebekah instructed every word that Jacob would say if in case his father asks him. Jacob answered his father very reasonably. He even mentioned Isaac’s God. Was it an expression of his faith in God when Jacob deceived his father so that he would have the blessing intended for Esau?

Did Jacob commit sin when he deceived his father to have his blessing?

Performance-enhancing Drug

In sport, the practice of deception has been exposed. Not a few athletes were banned and suspended by sports governing bodies after they were caught using performance-enhancing drugs that are prohibited or not permitted to be used.

Yet in reality, who among us can testify to have never used deception just to attain personal aspiration or longing? If you have lied, you may have deceived. Road accidents happen when drivers are deceived by their own judgment. Many traffic violators are deceived by their supposition that they can evade traffic laws.

It says in Romans 4:15, And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Many drivers are deceived to believe that they are safe to drive beyond maximum speed limits. Speed limit is meant to protect drivers from possible interruption of traffic, like road construction or harsh weather like snow, black ice, strong winds, or bad road conditions, like uneven pavement or unpaved roads.

The law is harsh to the disobedient. In contrast, the law is favorable to the obedient. For believers, we trust that God’s laws are designed for fairness and justice so that we don’t worry much about deception. If we cannot get justice in this life, God has already prepared consequences of disobedience to His law.

When the Lord told Rebekah that the older will serve the younger, she may have interpreted that God needed her help to fulfill what God told her. She can’t wait for God’s proper timing. She might have thought that Isaac’s blessing would eventually be given to Esau. hen Jacob executed her plan, she deceived Isaac.

Rebekah knew very well that Isaac would make it sure that his blessing will be given to Esau. Jacob had fair skin while Esau was a hairy man and his smell was very distinct from Jacob. So, Isaac examined the skin and smell of his son.

2. Examine

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.” 22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” he replied.

Isaac was deceived to believe that the hands he touched were hands of Esau. He did not doubt. The hands of Jacob covered with goat skin should have appeared bigger when Isaac examined by touching them, right? With such idea, is it proper to interpret that Esau was physically bigger than Jacob?

Nonetheless, Isaac was not very sure that he was touching Esau when he recognized the voice he heard was similar to Jacob’s voice. When he asked Jacob if he was his son Esau, Jacob lied that he was Esau. His probing question may have freed Isaac from any guilt of being deceived.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.” 27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.

The ceremony of giving his blessing has commenced when Isaac ate the tasty food prepared for him. After he ate and drank some wine, Isaac may still not very convinced that the son he was about to bless was Esau. He required Jacob to kiss him but his intention was to smell the son before him.

Rebekah was very smart to have Jacob wore the clothes of Esau. Isaac sensed the distinct smell of Esau and he was convinced that it was Esau he was to bless. How did Rebekah get the idea to let Jacob wear Esau’s clothes? Did she anticipate that Isaac would like to smell his son before he would bless him?

Touch, taste, smell, and hearing are the senses that the blind can use to prove, certify, or confirm. Isaac tasted the food he wanted to eat, and it was cook the way he wanted it. He touched a hairy skin and smelled a very familiar scent and distinct only for Esau. Although, the voice was similar Jacob, but 3 out of 4 senses pointed exactly to the Esau he knew. Isaac believed he blessed Esau.

Why did Isaac never ask his wife for confirmation? Did Isaac ever trust that Jacob would not deceive him? Did he ever think that Jacob might be interested with the blessing intended for Esau? Did Jacob show so much respect to his father so that Isaac never suspected him to be interested with his blessing?

What can we learn from such deception in the family of Isaac?

The Lord promised to bless Isaac but why did He allow him to be deceived by his wife and son? Was it because Isaac was biased for favoring Esau? Isaac cannot help but to favor Esau because Esau usually brought home food that Isaac liked to eat. Yet, such favoritism has turned into opportunity for deception.

If Isaac did not instruct Esau to hunt and prepare the tasty food he liked so much to eat, Jacob should not have opportunity to deceive him, right?

It says in Proverbs 23:1-3, 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Philippine Politics

In the Philippines, during election campaigns, candidates for provincial governor would invite to their homes party leaders and supporters from different towns. Candidates for town mayors would invite to their homes party leaders and supporters from different villages. Foods are prepared not just for one day but all throughout the campaign period which normally last for more than a month.

Without enough financial support, electorate may not want to travel just to hear the candidate speak. When candidates visit different villages to give their speeches, they are expected to prepare food for those who may attend the campaign rallies, why? When candidates speak during campaign rallies, they explain their programs, plans or platforms of governance for voters to understand more of their plans for their community. Many candidates may take turn to speak.

Many are deceived to elect wealthy candidates because of poverty and hunger so that they would sell their vote for food offered them. Have you not observed that when hungry, it’s really hard to think logically and intelligently?

When Esau came home very hungry, he was willing to sell his birthright as firstborn son in exchange for the aromatic food that Jacob cooked. When Isaac instructed Esau to hunt and prepare for his favorite food, it may have taken Esau longer time than usual to accomplish everything that his father told him.

Isaac may have been very hungry when Jacob came in and brought him the aromatic and tasty food so that after eating and drinking wine, Isaac never suspected that he was actually deceived by his wife and son Jacob.

The deception that happened in the family of Isaac helps us understand that even God’s people cannot ignore deception when selfishness prevails.

Did God deliberately make Esau not to easily hunt, and then, slowly prepare the tasty food that Isaac told him? Did God allow Isaac grew old and blind before he realized that he had to give his blessing to Esau?

Did Isaac trust that his blessing was an extension of God’s blessing so that he expected God to bless the son he blessed? Can children expect similar blessing from Christian parents the way Isaac blessed his sons?

3. Expect

28May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. 29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”

To expect for bright future is far better than to expect dim or obscure tomorrow. Expectation of the future can influence or inspire one’s lifestyle and outlook in life. Isaac declared blessings he expected to be granted for his son.

Do you agree that Isaac’s expectation of blessing for his son has God’s anointing? He expected blessing for those who may bless and declared curse for those who would curse his son. Indeed, blessing and curse followed Jacob.

Laban

When Jacob escaped from Paddan Aram to return to Canaan, his uncle Laban was furious and followed him yet, he testified in Genesis 31:29, 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ 

Shechem

When Jacob and his family pitched their tents near the city of Shechem, Simeon and Levi attacked all males in Shechem and took away their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else in the city and out in the fields. And, they carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses. Jacob was scared and anxious that the Canaanites may take revenge for what happened to the people of Shechem.

But, it says in Genesis 35:5, 5 The terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

You might have observed that when you do the right thing before God, it seems like everything is favorable to you, why? God’s promise of blessing to Abraham had been inherited by Isaac, Jacob, and the Israelites. By, faith, the same promise of blessing is also available to us who believed and accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

It says in Galatians 3:14, 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

And in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The presence of the Spirit of Christ in our life guarantees us of eternal life.

Make sure that you’ve received the Spirit of Christ. Pray earnestly and ask God.

The Holy Spirit in us guarantees not just eternal life but all other promises available for believers. How do we know that we received the Spirit of Christ?

Are you familiar of difference between prune tree and apple tree? Wait until they bear fruit, and you’ll know. Similarly, the fruit of the Holy Spirit reveals which one we have in us, the Spirit of Christ or just another kind of spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit is “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.” Why is it there are so many descriptions of the fruit of the Spirit? It makes it more certain and particular.

It’s possible to deceive others even ourselves. We can be kind and good but not necessarily have joy and self-control toward people who deceived us. We can love but not necessarily have humility and faithfulness.

Faithfulness comes from the Spirit of Christ as a result of our faith in Him. Faithfulness is also properly interpreted as “consistency.” Consistency of love, kindness, goodness to others does not depend upon the attitude or behavior of others. We can love, be kind and good even toward those who hurt our feelings.

Would you agree? Yes, it is possible when Christ Spirit bears fruit in us.

In the ministry, talent is desirable but consistency is far much better to desire because anyone can be talented but consistency comes from the Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit defines that difference between pretension and authentic ministry so that it may help us not to deceive ourselves but completely rely upon the Lord.

When the fruit of the Spirit prevail in our life, it’s the totality of blessing that God made available for all who trusted Christ as Lord and Savior.

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