He [Isaac] said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” Genesis 27:24
One day Isaac asked Esau to prepare a meal for him, and then Isaac would give him his blessing.
Rebekah rushed over to Jacob. “Your father is about ready to announce God’s blessing. He wants to give it to Esau, but you can pretend to be your brother and the blessing will be yours.”
“But he’s as hairy as a goat,” said Jacob. “And my skin is smooth. Dad will know I’m not him.”
Rebekah said, “Your father will never know the difference.” So she covered Jacob’s arms with goatskin and dressed him in Esau’s clothes. Then Jacob took his mother’s stew to Isaac.
“Who is it?” asked the old man.
“Esau,” said Jacob. “Sit up and eat some food and then give me your blessing.”
“But how did you find the game so quickly?” said Isaac.
“The Lord helped me,” said Jacob.
“Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you are my son Esau or not” (27:21, NIV). So, Jacob went right up to his father. “The voice is the voice of Jacob,” he said, “but the hands are the hands of Esau” (27:22, NIV). Jacob was the coolest liar in the business!
Then Isaac spoke the words God gave him. “May God give you of the dew of heaven and of the fatness of the earth and plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!” (27:28, 29).
This was the promise God gave to Abraham and now it belonged to Jacob. It was like buying a house. Once the documents are signed and sealed, the deal is completed. It cannot be undone.
What did Esau miss out on?