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Rebekah’s plan to secure the patriarchal blessing for Jacob in Genesis 27:5–13 confronts us with an important question: Did the Lord approve of her deceit? This issue is thorny because, as today’s passage reveals, Jacob successfully received the benediction intended for Esau. But does this mean God was completely happy with Jacob?
Other biblical texts indicate that deception may sometimes serve the cause of righteousness and please the Lord (see Ex. 1:8–22). However, this does not seem to be true of Rebekah and Jacob’s plot. As is typical in Hebrew narrative, there is no explicit moral commentary on their act, but there are hints that God was not pleased with the way in which the patriarchal blessing was obtained.
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But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. ~ Matthew 9:12
well … sick. The Pharisees thought they were well—religiously pure and whole. The outcasts knew they were not. Salvation can’t come to the self-righteous. ~ MacArthur Bible Commentary