Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, "My father, sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing."
32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!"
34 When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me—me too, my father!"
35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob [a] ? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?"
37 Isaac answered Esau, "I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?"
38 Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau wept aloud.
39 His father Isaac answered him, "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck."
Jacob Flees to Laban
41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."
42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Your brother Esau is consoling himself with the thought of killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I'll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?"
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I'm disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living."
The name Jacob means "he grasps the heal,"(remember the birth-Genesis 26:26) and that figuratively means he deceives. Who would name their child "Con-Artist" today, but Isaac did. Jacob lived up to his name.
Esau was a little bitter about being scamed-twice. He did honor his father, and did not kill Jacob right away. He made it no secret that he would kill him after he mourned his fathers passing. He did conveniently forget he had traded his birth-right for a bowl of soup. Esau may have been a tad impetuous.
Rebekah feared for Jacob’s life, and told him to go stay with her brother until his brother settled down. Of course that might be-never. She wanted Jacob to succeed so she could be proud of him, now she was sending him away, never to see him again. He would also never see his father again. His rash behavior had severe consequences.
We too face tough times when we do not wait for God. Think of times that you tried to hurry things up only to make matters worse. Patience is a virtue, but we want things now!
Prayer- Lord, Give us the patience and wisdom to do things in the matter You want them done. Forgive us when we show bad judgement, and let us forgive others who show bad judgement against us. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 28:1-8