Genesis Chapter Twenty Seven, The Not So Perfect Family...

In our study of Genesis chapter twenty seven, we look at the inner workings of the family of Isaac. We will look at the fact that each of the family members had their own issues but God was still at work. 

Genesis 27:1 - 4

"When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, 'My son.' 'Here I am,' he answered. Isaac said, 'I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death. Now then, get your equipment - your quiver and bow - and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.'" NIV translation

The Hebrew word for blessing is berakah and it speaks of material things. Isaac surely knew that Esau had sold his birthright to Jacob and that God had selected Jacob to be the greater of the two sons. Even so, Isaac attempts to give Esau his blessing.

Genesis 27:5 - 10

"Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, 'Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, "Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die." 

Now, my son, listen carefully and and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.'" NIV translation

While Isaac was planning on defying God and giving Esau his blessing, Rebekah was eavesdropping and plotted to help God fulfill His promise about Jacob.

This all comes from the fact that each of them had a favorite son. We can all be thankful that, in the family of God, we are all equally loved.