ISAAC – ESAU AND JACOB BETRAYAL OF A BROTHER
I am really very reluctant at posting this article due to the content. Be if known far and wide, I personally do not have any wrongful feelings toward Israel, or any people for that matter, regardless of who they are. I feel that all peoples are the work of God Regardless of past, present or future circumstances. How He works out His plans is far above my sphere of being. Frank J. Surface
Some surprising things about Jacob-Israel that seem somewhat unusual to me. I am starting this out with the scriptures which show where Jacob the son of Isaac the son of Abraham, whose name was changed from Jacob, to Israel, being the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. The promise of God passed down from Abraham to Isaac, on down to Jacob-Israel. Gen 32 covers the event which caused Jacob to become Israel.
 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.
In the following verses of Gen 25:21-34 the first of these events took place. Some of the actions of God are rather hard to reason out, and understand, but who am I to question God about anything, after all, he has blessed me all of my life, and some of my actions could also be very questionable. Therefore, how could I be qualified to judge?
 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.
 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
The birth of the two boys, twins, Isau and Jacob, one was to be rough and the other was to be gentle. It appears as though the people of that age could be very intimate with the Lord, asking very pertinent questions, and receiving answers. At any rate this information from the Lord is very detailed to say the least. Who of this day and age is able to ask for, and get such information from God?
The mother of these twins was informed that two totally different nations of people would come from the two boys, one stronger than the other. Now comes the interesting part, she was informed that the eldest would serve the youngest. I wonder how they could know and be able to reveal such information.
After I see an event, I am able to describe it. I would assume that who ever this advocate of the Lord is, has been able to witness the future of these boy’s heirs. If they are able to witness the future, as they did for Esau and Jacob then common sense would indicate that our future has been witnessed, it, our future has already happened. What a line of thought that is, much room for speculation.
 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
How about that!!! Esau was very hungry, and came to Jacob for food, but Jacob would not give it to his blood brother, unless he gave him the most valuable gift a man could give. How cruel that is in my eyes, if I have the means and somebody, and especially my brother should want some food, I would not hesitate to give it. I would not under any circumstance demand the most valuable thing he owns in return for a simple meal. Gen 25:30-34. To me that is on the same level as blackmail.
 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
Here, Isaac is making a very simple request of his oldest son, Isau, to go out and bring back some venison for him to eat before he is to close his eyes in death.
 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.
 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.
Now here is where the mystery really thickens, Rebekah, Isaac’s wife cooks up a plan to have Jacob replace Isau and receive that blessing in stead of Esau. She has Jacob to go out and get two kids, (goats) and she will camouflage them in such a way as to fool old Isaac into thinking that it is venison that he is eating. He is to be fed something which itself is false, goat rather than venison.
 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall 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 thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.
 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
To further fool Isaac Rebekah clothes Jacob in Esau’s clothing, and to even add more realism to the scheme, she uses the goats skins to cover Jacob’s arms and hands, so that poor old Isaac would be totally fooled.
 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
 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, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
Now Jacob is standing before his father, and announces himself as his eldest son Esau, which of course is a bold out right lie. A lie is a lie regardless of who the author may be.
 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.
Now for lie number two, the Lord did not bring the meat to Jacob, he went out and got it. He did as his mother told him and brought the goats to her for her to prepare. The Lord had nothing to do with it.
 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.
 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
Now for the real clincher of the matter. Isaac asks’ him are you my eldest son Esau, and Jacob comes out with a very outspoken lie, and says ‘Yes, my Father, I am.’ Again, a lie is a lie, and is not a truth, it is a total falsehood.
Occasionally I lie to the wife when she asks about a certain food, I dare not answer to the negative due to the resulting pity party. Even such a minor lie as that weighs on my soul and I have to ask God for forgiveness, in private, of course I do not approach the wife on the matter, I feel God understands. Lies weigh heavy on my soul, yet one can not live a complete lie-less life, especially a married man concerning food, and his wife’ hair. Little lies save a world of troubles.
 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.
 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 my son is as the smell of a 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 thee: be lord over thy 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.
Isaac passes the blessing given to Abraham by God on down to Jacob, unbeknownst that it is not Esau at all. This is taking by defraud I would say. Taking something which is not rightfully his to take, yet he accepts it without feeling any remorse.
 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.
 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
Poor Esau has to now face his father, after what took place just prior to his arrival, the betrayal by his blood twin brother, the second time for Jacob to have done this to his brother, first the black mail for food, so that the birthright was sold under pressure, now this, outright trickery and falsehoods.
 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
Here is where the realization of what his brother Jacob had done comes to Esau. Two times his brother has betrayed him. Now, Esau is left with nothing, even though he has done no wrong at all toward his father, or God. Even Isaac who is blind is able to see what has taken place, and is terribly upset. Once the blessing is passed, it evidently can not be voided or changed, which leaves Esau out in the cold.
In my way of thinking, this would be at the same level as taking a man’s livelihood from he and his family, leaving him with nothing, taking it under thievery, and falsehoods.
 And Isaac answered and said unto 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?
 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
Isaac has to explain to Esau that all has been given to Jacob, and that due to this that he is to serve him as well. What a low blow, no wonder that Esau wept.
What is so very weird is the fact that this very thing was foretold prior to the birth of these two boys, while they were yet in their mother’s womb. God knew of this trickery before it came about, and did not prevent it.
 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, 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 shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
It appears that old Isaac also had knowledge concerning the future. That Jacob would have dominion over Esau, however Esau shall be given power to break this dominion from his neck
Now, Esau is told by his father Isaac that he must live by the earth, and by the sword, and indicated that his brother would become a ‘Yoke’ about his neck that must be broken, his brother would have dominion over him.
 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;
 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?
Because of the treachery that Jacob has done, Esau hates his twin brother, and states that he will kill him. Of course Rebekah heard this threat, and has warned Jacob to leave the country till Esau’s temper dies down. I wonder if that temper has bled down through all the ages to this very day, when brothers are fighting brothers. Blackmail, Treachery, Lies. God does things in very mysterious ways.
I have another article pertaining to this that was posted earlier –on
1/9/10 titled –Isaac Father -Jacob- Esau – The Real Story–