Rebekah and Jacob’s deception causes many to wonder whether or not God condones deceptive behaviors when done to achieve godly purposes. God had planned to pass the blessing along to Jacob instead of Esau all along, and in Esau, we see a man who didn’t show any inclination to value it or show any desire or plan to carry on with the covenant of God. Yet Isaac seemed intent on ignoring God’s plan and blessing his oldest son. Were the lies of Rebekah and Jacob, then, part of God’s plan, or did He merely use their lies to bring His will to pass?
While this is a compelling theological question with various explanations offered, rarely will we find ourselves in a position where it appears that deception would be best. Even Jacob and Rebekah could have chosen a different path. We have no record of them trying to reason with Isaac and exhorting him to follow God’s plan. While God’s ways at times may be unclear, what is clear is that God calls on us to live holy and blamelessly before Him and others.
How has God blessed your holy and blameless obedience to Him, even if it was difficult?