God Granted Me Success: The Mother of Deception

a. The Scheme. Now Rebekah overhears what Isaac and Esau are planning and she sets in motion a counter-scheme. Instead, of trusting that God will act according to his word, she wants to help God out. If this sounds familiar it is because Sarah, the matriarch before her, had done the same thing. Rebekah knows the promise that God spoke to her concerning Jacob but she allows her love of her favorite son to override her love for God. Rebekah’s goal is the same as God’s but she is willing to use deception and lies to get there. God will accomplish his goals and doesn’t need sin to do it. Rebekah has good intentions but a sinful follow-through. b. The Escape Clause. So we see Rebekah’s role here. She has devised this plan to deceive her husband and then tells her son to obey her. But Jacob doesn’t right away. I think this is very telling. He pushes back. He looks at the scheme and sees the potential points of failure. He is nothing like his brother and his dad is only blind. This deception could easily fail. And so, like a good con man, he looks for a way out. Is there a way that if he gets caught he could escape the consequences? Rebekah after hearing his complaint, tells him that she would take the consequences if the rouse fails. Bingo! Verse 14 starts, “so he went.” Yeah, he did. He doesn’t want to get busted for a weak plan but if he can throw his mother under the bus, great. Notice one more thing. Rebekah had the opportunity to stop this whole thing. When Jacob pushes back she could have said, “You know what, you’re right. What was I thinking? Forget the whole thing.” But she doesn’t. She is set on seeing this through.

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