It is a good thing for mankind that God is righteous and sovereign. It is a good thing for mankind that God is merciful and almighty. It is a good thing for mankind that God is gracious and able. It is a good thing for mankind that God is loving and eternally seeking to bless His children. As people, there is such a great tendency to cause problem. All people are imperfect sinners. Therefore, the world is filled with imperfection and sin. Though it is true that the world is dark today as a result of the imperfection and sin in it, it is scary to consider what life might be like without the Lord's intercession.
In Genesis 27:18-29 the Bible shows the steps that Jacob took to take his brother's birthright. Though it was his mother's idea, Jacob was the one who actually carried out the plan to perfection. The Bible explains that Rebekah sought for Jacob to have the blessing of Isaac rather than Esau. The blessing was the sign of which son would be the heir of their father. Traditionally the older son, in this case Esau, would be the heir and receive the blessing. However, scripture previously identified that God desired to work against the traditions of men, and allow the younger son to receive the blessing. God wanted the older to serve the younger. As scripture progressed, it was clear to understand God's motives. Esau was a selfish man that only desired to feed his flesh, having no concern for the things of God. Understanding this truth, Rebekah devised a plan to ensure that Jacob received Esau's blessing according to God's will.
It is true that God wanted to Jacob to be the heir of Isaac in order to be the heir of His own eternal promises to Abraham. However, when one examines the narrative of Genesis 27:18-29, it becomes tough to accept the method by which Jacob assumed his inheritance from a human perspective. The scriptures describe that Jacob lied to his father 3 times in just a few verses in order to convince his father that he was Esau. The Bible explains that Jacob took advantage of his father's blindness in order to execute his mother's plan. The Bible explains that as Jacob went into his father's room with the food that Isaac requested from Esau, that Isaac questioned Jacob because he recognized Jacob's voice. However, Jacob deceived his father and said he was Esau. The scriptures reveal that Isaac was confused. He felt that Jacob was in the room and not Esau. Isaac wondered how the food was prepared so quickly. Isaac asked to touch his son and smell his son to try and discern if he was really speaking with Esau. However, Genesis 27:18-29 states that Jacob lied about the reason for the food being prepared so quickly. Jacob said the Lord showed him favor. Jacob even brought the Lord into his deception. The scriptures state that Rebekah put goats hair on the smooth skin of Jacob so that Isaac would think it was Esau who was hairy - it worked. The scriptures state that Rebekah dressed Jacob in Esau's clothes that he wore outdoors for hunting so that when Isaac smelled Jacob, he smelled like Esau.
Isaac did everything he could to ensure that he was talking to his son Esau, but the deception of Rebekah and Jacob was executed to perfection. Isaac could not tell that he was speaking to Jacob and not Esau. Therefore, the scriptures reveal that Isaac went ahead and blessed Jacob instead of Esau. Genesis 27:18-29 explains Isaac's blessing. Isaac referred to Jacob's dominion over the land, which was a reference to God's promise to give Abraham the land. Isaac referred to large groups of people bowing down before Jacob, which was a reference to God's promise to Abraham that he would be a great nation. Isaac said that those who curse Jacob would be cursed, and those who bless Jacob would be blessed, which was a reference to the promise God made that the seed of Abraham would bless all of the families of the earth. Isaac's blessing was a reiteration of God's promises to Abraham!
It can be kind of disgusting to examine the actions of Jacob by the command of his mother. It is sad to see that a mother and child would seek to be so deceptive to their father/husband. It is sad to imagine a wife seeking to take advantage of her husband's old age and disability. It is difficult to consider Jacob continuing to lie about his own identity, in rapid succession, and then accept the blessing that his father thought he was giving to his older brother. Nevertheless, the sovereignty and righteousness of God is demonstrated in this testimony. Though mankind operated in wickedness to accomplish that which they desired, God was able to use it for good. Though mankind was deceptive and wrong, God exercised His power to turn that deception into something good. God promised Abraham that he would receive a land inheritance, that he would be a great nation, and that all of the families of the world would be blessed through him. These promises were unconditionally founded on grace, and they were eternal in nature. God swore upon Himself to do these things in spite of the performance (or lack thereof) from His people. Though the scriptures show mankind to be wicked and terrible in nature, God used the wickedness of mankind to accomplish His will that is good and gracious in nature. God exercised mercy towards Rebekah and Jacob in order that He could show love to an entire nation that would come from them.
It is good to know that God is bigger than the cumulative sin that comes from the hearts of people. It is good to know that God is more powerful than the full extent of sin that the world produces. It is good to know that God is merciful towards His people so that God does not immediately exercise His right to judge in wrath when mankind demonstrates such wickedness. It is good to know that God can transform the miserable sin of mankind into something that is good in the end according to His will and righteous purpose. Praise God!