Isaac and Rebekah’s first children were twins: Esau and Jacob. The brothers always seem to be in competition with each other. In Genesis 25:19-26 tells that they were struggling with each other even before they were born. That struggle continued into their life as Jacob, the younger brother, stole the birthright (Genesis 25:29-34). In this passage, Genesis 27, Jacob and his mother conspire to steal the blessing as well.
Like many families, Isaac and Rebekah’s family is complicated. They each have a favourite son and there is a rivalry between the brothers. You might think the situation between Jacob and Esau is a bit extreme but there are certainly situations where children encourage a parent to leave another child out of the will or to sign the family home over to one child leaving others with less inheritance.
Isaac questions whether or not the correct son has brought him a meal. His instincts tell him that something is off and yet he chooses to trust his senses over his intuition. Senses are verifiable. We continue to place more faith in what we can see, touch, taste, smell or hear. They can be verified and corroborated by others. But as Isaac discovered, he should have listened to his heart and his intuition. He knew it wasn’t Esau but his senses (except his hearing) told him it was Esau, so he believed it.
How often have you had an instinct about someone or a situation? Perhaps you couldn’t explain it to anyone. It was just a feeling that something was wrong or that you needed to do something particular. But it isn’t just a feeling. It is a very real way of knowing and experiencing the world. We live in a culture that values tangible evidence over instincts and feelings. It values rational thought and logic. If Isaac had listened to his instinct, he wouldn’t have given the blessing to the wrong son. Perhaps Isaac didn’t think his own child was capable of such deceit or that Rebekah would be an active participant in the deception.
I’m learning that sometimes I overthink certain situations or decisions. I value my thinking, planning and logic but sometimes I spend so much time thinking that I miss opportunities. Sometimes I find that I think myself into decisions that are logical but not necessarily right for me at a particular moment.
How often do you find yourself doubting your intuition and overvaluing logic and tangible evidence? How would life change if you were more able to trust your intuition? We need both our reason and our intuition but we need to hold them in balance.