Genesis 27:5–13 (ESV)
Isaac Blesses Jacob (Part 2)
5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob,
“I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 7 ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.’ 8 Now
therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. 9 Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. 10 And
you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” 11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12 Perhaps
my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” 13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and
go, bring them to me.”
What was mama thinking???? Mama sets up to double cross her husband by tricking him through his son Jacob instead of Esau.
We learn three things: 1) Mama is a deceiver, 2) Jacob should know better, but goes along with mama, and 3) Esau… He must have been one hairy dude.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not deceive others or try steal from others. This is in direct violation of the Tenth Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that
belongs to your neighbor.”
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.
[The text of the commandments
is from Ex. 20:3, 7, 8, 12–17.]
The Close of the Commandments
What does God say about all these commandments?
He says: “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
What does this mean? God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He
promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands.
Luther, M. (1991). Luther’s
Small Catechism with Explanation. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.