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Isaac and Rebekah were superstitious* about blessing their children. They believed their human blessing was binding even if it was given to the wrong son. (Genesis 27.)
So Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him Esau's blessing (Genesis 27:27-29).
When the deception was revealed and Esau pleaded for a blessing, Isaac said, “I have made [Jacob] lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?” (v.37)
Isaac meant to bless Esau with everything good and give Jacob a worthless blessing, but he did the opposite. Had he been generous toward both sons, he'd have had no regrets.
In every situation of our lives--big and small--we should be asking this question: "Am I treating others as I want to be treated?" Doing otherwise is not only ungodly; it often backfires.
* God had already spoken to Rebekah when Esau and Jacob were born. "one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger" (Genesis 25:23), but she trusted Isaac's human blessing so much that she encouraged Jacob to deceive his father.
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