Isaac doesn't know that Rebekah overhears everything. He is simply doing what people did in the ancient world. And remember, the LORD had given the prophecy about the twins to Rebekah, and not to Isaac. It is quite possible that she had never told him that the older would serve the younger.
(But maybe Isaac did know the prophecy. In that case, was it not Isaac who was trying to be deceptive, to force his own will so that his favorite son would prevail?)
So he went to his father and said, “My father.”
And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”
Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”
But Isaac said to his son,
“How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?”
And he said, “Because the LORD your God brought it to me.”
(Ooooh, Jacob plays the God card here)
Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” So Jacob went near to 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 did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.
He said, “I am.”
Let peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you.
Be master over your brethren,
And let your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
And blessed be those who bless you!”
With that, Jacob departs from the presence of his father, and in comes Esau.
|Esau is annoyed|
(The blessing also differs from the birthright in that the blessing establishes the double portion of the father's inheritance, usually reserved for the oldest. As we will soon see, one of Jacob's children will receive the blessing, and another the birthright, and in neither case is it the oldest son. God's sovereignty is what matters - what He says, goes.).
Esau whines and begs for a blessing of his own. Isaac can only bless Esau with prophetic words given to him from the LORD:
“Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth,
And of the dew of heaven from above.
By your sword you shall live,
And you shall serve your brother;
And it shall come to pass, when you become restless,
That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
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