No matter how big or little, one deception will always lead to another. There are a few reasons why this happens with one reason being that once we go down that path it isn't too difficult to do it again. Another reason is because we have to tell another lie to cover the first lie. I started looking at the story of Jacob taking Esau's blessing by tricking Isaac. Isaac was very old and blind at this point and decided it was time to give Esau his blessing because he was the firstborn. The two were twins; however, Esau was born first. Rebekah told Jacob that she would cook the meal that Isaac requested of Esau and help Jacob trick his father by wearing a goat skin and Esau's good clothes. Jacob decided to go through with Rebekah's plan, which is where I left off yesterday. Please read Genesis 27:18-29 to read further into the story.
We can see Isaac's doubt of Jacob's identity throughout these verses. I counted 4 times where Isaac verbalized his doubt, but he also behaved in a way that signaled his doubt as well such as asking who he thought was Esau to come kiss him. The thing that finally convinced him that Jacob was Esau was the smell of Esau's clothing. Because Esau verbalized his doubt so many times, it required Jacob to lie many times. He had to lie about getting the food so fast and lie about his identity. He was deceptive when he allowed his father to believe that the goat skin was Esau's hairy arms and was deceptive again by wearing Esau's clothing. All the way around, the deception was great and caused great problems between him and Esau.
God had originally told Rebekah that Jacob would be through whom the promise would be fulfilled. Part of me wonders how things would have been different if everyone waited for God to step in and make it happen. After all, God had already said that the older would serve the younger (Genesis 25:23). This is something that is so difficult for us humans because we like to make things happen rather than wait for things to happen. In fact, in our culture today if a person doesn't work hard to make something happen they may be considered lazy or unproductive. I'm not condoning sitting around and doing nothing; however, I think we need to remember that if God promised it, we also have to trust that He has a plan to make it happen. Instead Rebekah and Jacob chose to do something that would have severe repercussions that we will look into in the next couple of days. I wonder what would have happened if they trusted God's timing in the situation if the repercussions wouldn't have been so great. We also need to trust that when we are given a promise by God that we don't need to make it happen; God will make it happen! We just need to follow His lead and direction.
Do you trust that God will fulfill His promises to you?
This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesday and Soli Deo Gloria.