Esau had already sold his birthright to his conniving brother Jacob for a bowl of red stew, and now the supplanter deceives his father Isaac to obtain Esau’s blessing as well. Rebekah encouraged her favorite son to do this, thinking that in this way, God’s promise that “the older shall serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23) would be fulfilled. The plot worked, but not in the way they thought. Jacob succeeded in gaining his brother’s blessing, but he had to flee for his life and live for decades away from his country. In addition, Rebekah experienced the unexpected sorrow of never seeing her son Jacob again.
Reading of Genesis 27
Prayer: Lord, Your Word reveals the consequences of taking matters into our own hands, even when it involves our attempts to fulfill Your promises. Please guard my steps from manipulating people and circumstances to obtain my idea of what You want rather than submitting to Your plan that is always better than my own.
Meditation passage for today: verse 29
Taken from "Handbook to Scripture—365 Key Chapters of the Bible"
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