|“It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe – the creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor – loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.” Genesis 27:15
Rebekah and her son Jacob came from a family of manipulators. Rebekah’s brother Laban manipulated his nephew Jacob by making him work 14 years for Rachel rather than the agreed upon seven years. Jacob said Laban changed his wages ten times. In each of their lives they manipulated by deception. Rebekah had Jacob deceive his father, causing him to think that he was blessing Essau instead of Jacob, and Laban deceived Jacob, causing him to think he was marrying Rachel, when in reality he married her sister Leah.
God gave to Rebekah a promise to the effect that Essau would forfeit his birthright to Jacob. Knowing of her husband’s affection for Essau, she thought it necessary to manipulate the situation so that Jacob received the blessing. The blessing that mattered could only come from God, and He gave it to Jacob. When you compare the blessing Isaac gave to Jacob (thinking he was Essau) with that given to Essau, you find they are not all that different, other than serving his brother, and even that Isaac promised Essau would one day be reversed.279 You can participate in God’s plan or you can try to manipulate it; Rebekah chose manipulation.
God wanted Jacob to have the blessing and He gave it to him. Rebekah should have believed instead of manipulating the situation. As a result, the family was ruptured. The brothers were estranged, forcing Jacob to flee for his life. Rebekah never saw Jacob again. Isaac, who was blind, had to live the rest of his days with a woman he could not trust. Manipulation is never a good idea. You yield to the temptation only when you refuse to believe that God is in control and will work all things according to His will.
279 cf. Genesis 27:40
Psalm 51-53 Romans 2 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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