Genesis 27:43-45, Rebekah Screws Up
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?
//Yesterday, I wrote about the reunion of Jacob and Esau, after Jacob steals the blessing and birthright. Jacob winds up giving both of them back.
Have you ever read the story of these two sons from their mother Rebekah’s viewpoint? This is Rebekah speaking in today’s verse, instructing Jacob to flee from Esau for a few days.
The story runs like this. Isaac, the father of brothers Jacob and Esau, is getting old and blind, and is ready to bestow the blessing on his oldest son. That would be Esau. But Rebekah hatches a plan whereby Jacob can pretend to be Esau and steal the blessing from him.
It works like a charm, until Esau comes in the house and discovers what happened. Esau is rightfully furious, and vows to kill Jacob.
Now Rebekah begins to have second thoughts. She has infuriated one son, and possibly caused the death of the other. “Jacob,” she says, “go live with your uncle a few days until Esau calms down.”
So Jacob trots off for a few days. Esau, too, leaves the nest and goes looking for a wife.
A “few days” turn into years. Fourteen years pass and still Jacob hasn’t returned. He is, so far as we know, incommunicado. When finally he and Esau return to see their father, Rebekah has apparently died … having never seen either of them again.
Rebekah did indeed lose two sons over one devious trick. It would seem in this story that nobody was really bettered by dishonesty.