And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.…
I. ISAAC'S OBSTINATE PARTIALITY.
II. REBEKAH'S CRAFTINESS, AND JACOB'S FRAUD.
III. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FRAUD. Isaac's vain regret. Esau's murderous malice. Rebekah's fear for her favourite son. Jacob's hasty banishment. Conclusion: What may we especially learn for ourselves?
1. Not to resist God's will, like Isaac. We may sometimes think we know what is best; yet, if we listened to God's word, we should not do the very thing we perhaps most like to do.
2. Not to forfeit God's favour and blessing, like Esau. It was Esau's own recklessness and worldliness that led to his being rejected, and to "the blessing" being withheld from him. He had shown himself to be incapable of deeper thoughts and religious faith.
3. Not to do wrong that good may come, like Rebekah and Jacob. God's promises will be fulfilled in due time. But we must neither murmur, nor be hasty (comp. Hebrews 2:3).
(W. S. Smith, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.