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Summary: The answer to preventing disasters in the family is to always seek God’s counsel.

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Have you ever heard this statement?

Every family is dysfunctional! Do you really know any family who is perfect? Because we all have a tendency to sin, no matter who we are, we are going to have family problems. Today we will read about problems in Isaac’s family. Let us note that this was God’s Chosen Family, but there was grief, Isaac was bedridden and dying, there was faction, there was envy and hate, there was weeping, there was a plan for murder, and eventually, family separation!

As you are read Genesis 27, list the reasons for the problems in Isaac’s family. Also, think about one single reason for all the problems of the family.

Let me summarize the “soap opera” story of Isaac’s family.

Isaac had the promise of God to bless him and his family. Isaac’s family was God’s Chosen People! And so, because, Isaac thought he was dying, he called his favorite son Esau. Isaac asked for food before blessing Esau.

Mother Rebekah overheard Isaac’s plan and so she called her favorite son Jacob and asked Jacob to pretend he is Esau so that he would get the blessing instead.

Rebekah and Jacob schemed together to fool Isaac.

Isaac actually had doubts about the person asking for the blessing but he was fooled. Esau finds out that he lost the blessing and pleads for a blessing anyway. Isaac predicted hardship for Esau but also predicted reconciliation.

Esau was so angry, he decided to kill Jacob.

Rebekah tells Jacob, whom she loved, to leave home.

Here are the problems I noted in Isaac’s family:

Isaac and Rebekah continued with their favoritisms!

Isaac loved Esau more than Jacob. Rebekah loved Jacob more than Esau! Both Isaac and Rebekah made bad decisions because of their favoritisms.

Rebekah eavesdropped for selfish reasons!

Rebekah could have left alone what she heard OR she could have talked to Isaac about it, couldn’t she? This is another problem in the family isn’t it?

There was a lack of communications! (especially between husband and wife)

No one called sin, sin!

Rebekah actually encouraged her son to sin!

Jacob did not rebuke her mom about the sin.

Jacob agreed with the sin and acted on it.

We note in v13, Rebekah was willing to receive the penalty for sinning!

In v20, Jacob lied about God!

Isaac had an uneasy feeling but did not pursue it!

Why do you think Esau got so emotional when he couldn’t get the blessing and plotted to kill his brother??

Esau was greedy. There was greed which caused deep emotional strain!

What other problems did you note??

There were many problems in Isaac’s family. But there’s a common denominator to all these problems.

What would you say is the main problem??

Besides Isaac, we don’t read anyone else considering God do we? And yes, we can note Isaac citing God as witness to his blessing of his son; but we don’t read Isaac seeking counsel from God! This is the main problem of this family. No one in the family sought God’s counsel!

We don’t read Isaac praying about his planned blessing to Esau. Isaac didn’t take time to seek God’s counsel when he had doubts about the person coming to him for blessing. We don’t read Isaac seeking counsel from God when he found out that he mistakenly gave the blessing to Jacob!


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