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Blessing The Favorites
When the time came that elderly Isaac recognized that he may soon die (see What Happens When You Die?), he made arrangements to bless the eldest son, according to custom:
"27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. 27:2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; 27:4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die." (Genesis 27:1-4 KJV)
"Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob"
Esau was both Isaac's firstborn (although not by much - Jacob and Esau were fraternal twins) and favorite (if not always favored) son. On the other hand, Rebekah had always favored Jacob, right from the time of their birth. Apparently, Esau was a "sportsman" like his father, while Jacob preferred to remain around home with his mother.
"25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob." (Genesis 25:27-28 KJV)
And so Rebekah decided to take action that would have her favorite son receive the father's blessing. Jacob resisted the plan, but Rebekah insisted that the responsibility for any trouble would be upon her i.e. "Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them."
"27:5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 27:6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, 27:7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death. 27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. 27:9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: 27:10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.
The scheme worked. Although it was an blatant deception, the blessing apparently could not be then taken from Jacob and given to Esau (evidently as Rebekah knew beforehand, or it would have been pointless to do something that could easily be changed, while causing such trouble between the two brothers, and no doubt between Isaac and Rebekah).
"27:18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: