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Devotion 1 Opening Prayer Father of peace and love, we pray that you hear our praises through our eternally grateful heart. Read Genesis 27 1-17 1 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.” “Yes, Father?” Esau replied. 2 “I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die. 3 Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son before I die.” 5 But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, 6 she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ 8 Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. 9 Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.” 11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. 12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.” 13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!” 14 So Jacob went out and got the young goats for his mother. Rebekah took them and prepared a delicious meal, just the way Isaac liked it. 15 Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob. 16 She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats. 17 Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread. Footnotes 1. 27:36 Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” New International Version (NIV) Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica Reflect Have you ever consider the importance of women in the bible? Take a few moments to ponder upon their influence across the passages. Do you think that their decisions and actions also create a big impact on what we have known today?
The practice of primogeniture or the law of the firstborn had been one of the traditions manifested across the Old Testament. Therefore, upon the death of the patriarchs, the firstborn son will automatically be the new head of the family because of his birthright ( Gen. 43:33). Also, the birthright son was entitled to receive a double portion of the inheritance (Gen. 48:22; Deut. 21:17). Esau as the firstborn son of the first wife was the birthright son according to the practice of primogeniture. However, because of Rebekah, the mother of the twins, Esau failed to receive his blessings. Rebekah is one of the most prominent matriarchal figures in the story of Genesis because of her active role in Jacob’s deceptive schemes towards his father’s blessings-

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