Control often runs in the family. It was no different with Abraham’s line. His grandson Jacob was a poster child for control. Through a weird circumstance (Gen 27) a portion of the blessing of the firstborn had been given to him and not to Esau, but instead of waiting for God to secure the inheritance for him, he sought to obtain it himself by his own dishonorable scheming. Jacob wasn’t satisfied with being Isaac’s son so he decided to take control of the situation.
19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.” 20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The LORD your God gave me success,” he replied. 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.” 22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” he replied 25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.” (Gen 27:19-25)
Jacob got the blessing from Isaac that day but it led to a lot of heartache. His brother vowed to kill him for stealing the blessing and he had to flee the country to escape the consequences of his control. Unfortunately, Jacob was a slow learner….