No one knows the day of their death. So making a Will these days is a must, if you dont want to end up having your loved ones fight over your assets all the way to court and then have someone decide who gets what and what goes to who, upon your dying bed. And in most cases, you would leave the better part of your inheritance to your favorite person or the apple of your eyes. If a Will is not drawn, we have seen how loved ones faced difficulties getting the deceased’s estates released or how loved ones became enemies fighting tooth and nail to get their share of the pie.
Today, we shall travel the road Isaac took and the impact it had on his two sons. During his time. a man’s word is his honor. When a person says, “I give you my word”, it means he will honor every word he speaks.
Isaac knew death was imminent and un-escapable. He wanted to name his beneficiary, so he called his favorite son, Esau. Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”
His wife, Rebekah was eavesdropping on their conversation. She loved her other son, Jacob so much she was willing to take the curse for tricking and deceit. Because Isaac’s eyes was failing, he could only depend on his hearing, smell and taste to recognise people. So that was how Jacob deceived his father dressed up like Esau and prepared his favourite dish to get his father’s blessings, his so called “Will”.
“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the LORD has blessed.
28 May God give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”
Once the words had gone out of his mouth, there was no getting them back. When Esau heard about it, he hated his brother and sought to take his life. Because of her deceit, Rebekah lost the respect of one and separated with the other for over 18 years. As for Jacob, he became a fugitive, a vagabond. He had to hide and make his home with his uncle, Laban, Rebekah’s brother for the next 18 years working for him. In Gen 30: 25, after his wife gave birth, we read how Jacob longed to return home. He missed home. He has been a fugitive for the last 20 years. So he said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland.” He wanted so much to see his father’s homeland, his mother and brothers.
Jacob travelled the road that separates him from all that he loved. Esau went and took wives for himself from the Canaanites to spite his parents.
Two roads: Did it make a difference?