Lying and Stealing in God's Family

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 27

Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him. (v. 41)

How could a home so blessed by God go so wrong? Because people are born sinners, including those of us born into Christian homes with godly parents. We all struggle with temptations of the flesh, and sometimes we end up hurting family members as well as God.

No one comes off well in this story. Isaac is an old glutton. Rebekah is a mother who plays favorites. Nor is Jacob, the “hero” of the story, innocent. Deception, lying, stealing, and hatred all raise up their ugly heads. It’s interesting that the Bible doesn’t try to hide these unbecoming characteristics. God continues to work with people who are downright mean and nasty. His grace is enormous and his patience is far greater than anyone would expect.

Despite the sin in this family which God has chosen to bless, God continues to work behind the scenes. We will see how God works out his plan for Joseph despite the underhanded schemes perpetrated against him. Perhaps more significantly, here we can see God working out his plan for Jacob in spite of underhanded schemes Jacob himself perpetrates. God is faithful. Don’t ever forget it. And he is able to overcome even the worst of our character flaws and misdeeds.


Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me despite my unworthiness.