Genesis 27:18–25 (ESV)
Isaac Blesses Jacob
he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and
eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” 20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.” 21 Then
Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s
voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24 He said, “Are
you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” 25 Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought
him wine, and he drank.
What I read into this deception is that Isaac must not have a lot of trust in his sons… because he wants to verify.
I guess he was operating of the “Trust, but verify” policy. It is clear that Jacob is doing it for the blessing. Jacob says that the voice is Jacob’s, but the arm is (hairy) Essau’s. Then Isaac asks again: “Are you
really my son Esau?” Jacob answers “I am.” So Isaac eats and blesses Jacob… instead of Essau.
I pray: O Lord, forgive
me of my sins and help me to forgive others who have sinned against me. Amen.