Have you ever thought you were clever enough to go against God’s word without experiencing any negative consequences? What was the end result of your clever scheming? In what ways did Isaac, Rebekah and Jacob all show a lack of trust in God in this highly dysfunctional family episode? What consequences did they experience?
Like Jacob, most of us long to be blessed by others. Yet, like Jacob, many of us feel we need to deceitfully hide our true selves and pretend to be someone we are not in order to receive words of blessing from those around us – possibly parents, “friends”, superiors, social media, even other Christians. What will enable us to take off our disguises and trust God to fulfill his promises for our lives?
Deceit has a way of mushrooming beyond what we originally intended. How could each of these characters have responded differently and avoided the deceit that ultimately tore the family apart? Are there any areas in your life where you are not being honest or attempting to deceive someone in order to get your own way?
Jacob (aka Israel) is not portrayed in a positive manner in Genesis. Why do you think God would choose this man even from birth? (Gen 25:3; Rom 9:10-18; I Timothy 1:15-16) What do we learn about God’s grace in this episode?