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“Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.””  Gen. 27:1

Genesis 27 is a fascinating chapter because we see history change as the narrative unfolds.  Isaac is old and thinks he may be near death, and so decides it is time to bestow his blessing.  We are told he is near blind, and as such gets tricked into blessing Jacob rather than the intended son Esau, even though Isaac tries to rely on all five senses.

Several elements mentioned earlier in Genesis will come into play in this chapter:  The parent-child favoritism between Isaac and Esau, and Rebekah and Jacob;  The implications of the sale of the birthright from Esau to Jacob; and ultimately, the oracle  given to Rebekah when the twins were yet in her womb.

Ultimately passages such as this can be puzzling to the reader, leaving us wonder if Isaac was really deceived, if Jacob, or even Rebekah are ultimately guilty of lying, or if God’s hand was at work the whole time, steering the events through even questionable means to accomplish His purpose with the blessing.

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