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Run for your (w)ife | Genesis 27:46-28:5

27:46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I loathe my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women like these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

28:1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.

3 God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” 5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

Genesis 27:46-28:5: (ESV)

Another scheme

You’ll have to review chapter 27 to get the context. For notes, start here and read forward. In short, Rebekah has coached Jacob to successfully steal the blessing of the first-born intended for Esau. Esau is fire spittin’ mad and plans to kill Jacob. Rebekah now concocts a reason for Isaac to send Jacob away for his protection – the guise of getting a wife from her family. Her mention of the Hittite woman is in reference to Esau who offended his parents by taking two Hittite wives (Genesis 26:34-35).

Run for your (w)ife

Rebekah tells Jacob to run for his life to get a wife from her family back in Paddan-aram. It’s interesting that Jacob is well over 40 at this point and mom is still telling him what to do.

Isaac heeds Rebekah’s request and sends Jacob back to Laban, her brother, to find a wife. Why didn’t he do like his father Abraham did for him and send a servant to get a wife? We can only guess that he knew Jacob’s life was now in danger. 

The real blessing

Although Isaac had previously blessed Jacob (Genesis 27:26-29), the real blessing is what he gets today – the blessing of Abraham. It’s to be blessed by God with abundant offspring and possession of the land. “Abraham passed the knowledge of El Shaddai on to his son Isaac, who now passed it on to Jacob.” (enduringword.com)


  • In this story, “The tragedy was that each of the participants suffered, because they insisted on working against God’s word and wisdom.” (enduringword.com) Let’s check our own plans and decisions. Do they line up with God’s will? “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
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