Fool Me Once...
“And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son? And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest (told) me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.” Genesis 27:18-20
I remember going to Sea World in Florida when I was young boy, and I was so excited. My family and I entered the park and we got a brochure of the activities of the day and the layout of the park. I was too small to be a decision maker, so I basically followed my sister and did whatever my mom and dad decided to do. I was okay with that arrangement as I wanted to do everything there.
If you have been to Sea World, then you know the plethora of animal shows they offer, with the Shamu Show as the highlight. The sheer size of the killer whale grabbed my attention, and I could not wait to find my seat. We sat down to enjoy the show, and I was not disappointed as Shamu did all kinds of tricks and brought the crowd to its feet. I clapped with sheer excitement and thought nothing could top what I just saw.
We then ate lunch and my family started talking about a magic show that was going to start in 45 minutes or so. I thought I would go in and take a little nap and relax after the Shamu Show and lunch, but I was in for quite a surprise. I went into the magic show with small hopes, but I was intrigued with the card tricks the magician performed to start the show. The magic tricks became more complex, and I could not believe what I was seeing. The show ended with the magician cutting a lady in half, but she was waving to the crowd as the magician did it. I was blown away and clapped and cheered as loud as I could. I thought this all was real until my dad told me these tricks were only illusions, a sleight of the hand. My heart sank and I felt I had been duped. How could the show not be real when I saw it with my own two eyes? I was not sure if I wanted to ask the magician questions or punch him in the nose.
I think of Jacob an how he deceived his father. I look in the previous verses and see how his mom pushed him to this deception and Jacob went along with her plot. This deception was not like the magic show where it was simply for entertainment, but this was for the bigger stakes of a blessing. God had already promised Jacob’s seed would be blessed, but Rebekah decided to ensure it was so and took matters into her own hands. The name of God was also used when Isaac asked how the animal was found, killed, and cooked so quickly. At times we hide behind God and take His name lightly when we say God was in a particular decision, when we know He was not. God did not bring about this deceptive plot as this was the idea of Rebekah carried out by Jacob. We can never please God when we are deceptive in our practices, no matter what “godly” objective we are hoping to achieve. It is never right to do wrong and God will not bless these ungodly measures.
Do you use deception to get your way? Do you take lightly the name of God and blame Him for your actions and decisions that have nothing to do with Him? Do you hurt others with your deceptive antics? Do you think God is pleased when we deceive others? May we always remember that we cannot trick God, and may we refrain from tricking others. If we will do what is right, the blessing of God will come in His time and in His way. God does not need our deception to fulfill His will, but is able to do all things according to His good plan.
Stay in the fight!