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How to steal a blessing | Genesis 27:5-17

5 Now Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying, 7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare a delicious meal for me, so that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’

8 So now, my son, listen to me as I command you. 9 Go now to the flock and bring me two choice young goats from there, so that I may prepare them as a delicious meal for your father, such as he loves. 10 Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.”

11 But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man and I am a smooth man. 12 Perhaps my father will touch me, then I will be like a deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.” 13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get the goats for me.” 14 So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made a delicious meal such as his father loved.

15 Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 She also gave the delicious meal and the bread which she had made to her son Jacob.

Genesis 27:5-17 (NASB)

Helping God

Rebekah is eavesdropping on Isaac and Esau’s conversation (though they may have had it in full view of her) and hears Isaac’s plan to bless Esau. She decides to pre-empt that plan and take matters into her own hands to see that her favored son, Jacob (Genesis 25:28), gets the blessing, not the rogue Esau.

We’ve seen this before with Jacob (Genesis 25:27-34) and with his grandparents, Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 16:1-6). What? Taking matters into their own hands to “help God” do His work. “Good men have gone very wrong when they have thought of aiding in the fulfillment of promises and prophecies. See how Rebecca erred in trying to get the promised blessing for Jacob. We had better leave the Lord’s decrees in the Lord’s hands.” (Spurgeon)

How to steal a blessing

Rebekah concocts this hairball plan to steal the blessing Isaac intended for Esau to make sure Jacob gets it. Later she wrote a book called, “How to seal a blessing” (we’re joking here). “Her motivation for what she did seems to have been a sincere desire to make sure that Isaac’s blessing went to the divinely chosen, more responsible of her sons (cf. Gen 25:23). While her motive seems to have been good, her method evidenced lack of faith in God.” (planobiblechapel.org quoting Sharp)


  • Do you find yourself guilty of doing the same – of trying to “help God” do His work? Taking matters into your own hands to make things happen? It’s actually more common than you think. How about sharing the gospel with someone – you go beyond sharing to convicting and even manipulating. Or maybe it’s a spouse that you believe needs to change and you try to “help God”. How does it work? Never well. Let’s stop and let the Lord do His work!
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