Genesis 27  from the Message Bible by Peterson; adapted by Rev. Steitz

When Isaac had become an old man and was nearly blind, he called his eldest son, Esau, and said,  “I’m an old man,” he said; “I might die any day now. go out in the country and hunt me some game. Then fix me a hearty meal, the kind that you know I like, and bring it to me to eat so that I can give you my personal blessing before I die.”

Rebekah was eavesdropping as Isaac spoke to his son Esau and she spoke to her son Jacob. “I just overheard your father talking with your brother, Esau.  “Now, my son, listen to me. Go and get me two young goats. Pick the best; I’ll prepare them into a hearty meal,  Then you’ll take it to your father, he’ll eat and bless you before he dies.”

“But Mother,” Jacob said, “my brother Esau is a hairy man and I have smooth skin. What happens if my father touches me? He’ll think I’m playing games with him. I’ll bring down a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” His mother replied, “If it comes to that, I’ll take the curse on myself. Now, just do what I say. Go and get the goats.”

So he went and got them and brought them to his mother and she cooked a hearty meal, the kind his father loved so much.  Rebekah took the clothes of her older son Esau and put them on her younger son Jacob. She took the goatskins and covered his hands and the smooth nape of his neck. Then she placed the hearty meal she had fixed and fresh bread she’d baked into the hands of her son Jacob.

He went to his father.  Isaac was confused because it sounded like Jacob but otherwise seemed like Easu.  And so after much questioning…He finally, he blessed him.  And then right after Isaac had blessed Jacob and Jacob had left, Esau showed up from the hunt. He also had prepared a hearty meal. He came to his father and they both discovered the deception of Jacob and Rebekah.

Esau was very angry and was determined to kill his brother. But Rebekah send Jacob away to her brother Laban where he would be safe.




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