Jacob used deceit in securing the blessing of the firstborn birthright from his father. Although Esau gave it up willingly for a bowl of lentils (Gen 25:33);
it would have been more difficult to convince his father of the legitimacy of the transaction.
Even though I believe God would have brought about the blessing for Jacob in His own way, his mom, Rebecca, helped him deceive dad into believing he was his brother.
Honestly this family is riddled with deceit. It’s a generational curse they can’t seem to escape.
Jacob’s grandfather once deceived a few people concerning his wife.
Once while in Egypt he told her,
“Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.” Gen 12:13
That ended up with an epidemic plaguing the land.
Then it happened again several years later.
Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. Gen 20:2
So it’s no surprise that Abraham and Sarah’s son should practice the same thing.
So Isaac dwelt in Gerar. And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “”She is my sister” Gen 26:6-7
With a lineage of deceit how can you expect anything less from Jacob?
Even some of his children will do the same.
I was reminded yesterday evening of a time I used the term “generational curse” in the presence of a professional therapist. She wanted to look at her patient scientifically and prescribe drugs and more therapy sessions.
Me, on the other hand, wanted to believe the patient struggled with a curse of sin handed down to her by the generations before her.
You cannot help but look and act like those that brought you into this world – not just mom and dad but grandparents, great-grandparents and so forth.
And you cannot help but sin like them.
The desire and ability to sin is passed down from parents to their children – a never ending cycle.
It is written,
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1 Cor 15:21-22
Christ came to break the curse of sin in your life. You have millions of ancestors that have poured their genes into you to create who you are today. But those genes were flawed and brought the curse of sin into your life.
Jesus can break that curse for you. But you will have to trust Him with your life. You will have to forsake all that you are doing now.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor 5:17
Turn away from sin and give your life to Jesus Christ.