In The Beginning God Part 15

Kingwell By Kingwell, 13th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/31d7tsgp/
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With the help of his mother Rebekah, Jacob contrives to steal his brother's blessing.

Esau's Blessing

Isaac is now old and fears that he may soon die. He calls his firstborn Esau, who you may remember is his favorite, and asks that he take his weapons, go get some venison and prepare him a tasty meal, after which he will give him the blessing reserved for the eldest son. Rebekah however, overhears the conversations and contrives a plan to get the blessing for her favorite, the fair and handsome Jacob. Isaac’s eyesight is failing and she intends to take full advantage of that fact. Calling Jacob, she tells him of his father’s conversation with Esau and how his brother is even now out hunting for game. To be fair to Jacob, we should note that what happens next is really of his mother’s conniving and not his although his only objection seems to be a fear of getting caught.
Rebekah orders Jacob to go to the flock and get two good kids of the goats and she will make a delectable dish which Jacob will take it to his father, all the while pretending to be Esau! They must hurry for his brother may return and discover their plans. Jacob however, is not convinced and says to his mother: “Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man: my father peradventure will feel me, and I will seem to him as a deceiver and I shall bring a curse upon me and not a blessing. And his mother said unto him, upon me be the curse my son: only obey my voice and go fetch them” Genesis 27: 11-13.

Jacob Impersonates Esau

Acting upon his mother’s words, Jacob brings two kids and his mother quickly prepares a meal in just the way she knows her husband likes it. Rebekah then takes some of Esau’s best clothes and puts them on Jacob. She then puts the skins of the goats on Jacob’s hands and on the smooth of his neck and gives him the dish to take to his father. “And he came unto his father, and said, my father: and he said, here am I; who art thou my son? And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise I pray thee and eat of my venison that thy soul may bless me.” Genesis 27: 18-19.
Isaac however is a little suspicious and who can blame him? He has lived with Rebekah long enough to know her scheming ways, especially when it comes to getting the best for Jacob. He also knows of the resentment between his two boys and probably is reminded of how Jacob connived to cheat Esau out of his birthright. Surprised that Esau was able to make it back so quickly and knowing that Rebekah and Jacob were not above taking advantage of his near blindness, Isaac tells Jacob to come near that he may feel his skin.
Rebekah however, has done her work well and feeling Jacob’s hands now covered with the goatskin, the old man is convinced that this is indeed Esau and he eats the meal and is satisfied. “And his father Isaac said unto him, come near now and kiss me my son. And he came near and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him and said. See the smell of the field which the Lord hath blessed. Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Let people serve thee and nations bow down to three: be lord over your brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee”. Genesis 27: 26-29.

Esau Vows Revenge

Isaac had just finished blessing Jacob who then made a hasty retreat, when Esau returned from hunting and appeared before his father. It didn’t take long for Isaac to realize that he had been duped. When informed of what had happened Esau let out a bitter cry and begged his father to bless him too. Isaac answered Esau “behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee my son”? Genesis 27:37. When He saw his eldest son whom he loved so dearly, weeping and asking for at least one blessing, Isaac answered “behold thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; and by thy sword shalt thou live , and serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have dominion, thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck”. Genesis 27:39-40. Esau, who once again had been swindled by his underhanded brother, had seen enough of Jacob’s devious ways. He would wait until his father had died and then he would kill his brother.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 16
See Part 1

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Betrayal, Bible, Blessing, Blindness, Brother, Father, Favorite Son, Favoritism, Firstborn, Goats, Goatskin, Jealousy, King James Bible, Kingwell, Mother, Mother And Son, Revenge, Suspicion

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Retired
14th May 2015 (#)

This was truly an interesting read. Thank you so much for the share.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyesh. I hope to continue this. You are a loyal follower. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
14th May 2015 (#)

Great job, Kingwell. Keep up the good work!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica and thank you for following. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
14th May 2015 (#)

great job as always

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author avatar Kingwell
14th May 2015 (#)

Hi Carol, I pleased to see that you are still following. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
15th May 2015 (#)

"And Jacob said swear to me this day and he swear unto him and he sold his birthright unto Jacob” Genesis 25:33.

After this from your last chapter, why would Esau now get upset when he didn't care about it before?

The birth-right seems to carry a lot of weight, almost like a curse, or a blessing, or even a reading of the future.

I wonder why the old guy had the power to give something like this to one of his sons, and usually this was given to the first-born son.

I have heard it said that this birth-right made the receiver the new "priest" of the family.

Interesting read Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for reading and commending spirited. I'm not sure if the father had any power at all but it was tradition that the father give his blessing to the firstborn. I think too that people felt that this blessing carried a power with it, whether it did or not. Blessings.i

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author avatar Retired
15th May 2015 (#)

Excellent share!

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author avatar Kingwell
15th May 2015 (#)

Thanks CM. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th May 2015 (#)

Very interesting to know these Kingwell as I have little knowledge about them. I think we have not changed much over the years! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
17th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva and I agree. Little has changed. I suspect to to these people on imagined that they talked with god. Blessings.

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