Thursday, April 16, 2009

QQC—The Food of Trickery

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 27

Jacob and Esau were twins, but Esau was the older brother and, as such, was the son with the birthright. In addition to the financial benefits that came with being eldest, there was also the blessing and Isaac was about to bestow that on Esau. Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, overheard his instructions to Esau, asking him to hunt and then prepare a good meal with it so Isaac could bless Esau. (27:2-4)

Wanting Jacob to receive the blessing instead of Esau, she plotted to that end, sending Jacob to the flock for two goats so she could prepare Isaac his favourite meal. She tells him to bring her two goats. This was a meal for one man. Why were two goats needed? Even if they were newly born, one would have been enough. (27:9, 10)

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