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Does Genesis 27 Endorse Deceit, Lying?

January 11, 2012

John Allan

As you read Genesis 27 you probably noticed that there is lying and deceit involved as Jacob secures for himself a blessing that his father Isaac had intended for Esau. In light of this, some could come to the conclusion that this means God approves of lies and deceit in some instances.

Before jumping to that conclusion a few things ought to be considered.

It seems to me that it is more accurate to say that God’s will was accomplished in spite of this mess created by Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau instead of it happening because of it. Before Jacob and Esau were born God declared that the older would serve the younger. No amount of effort to resist this would stop it from happening. Esau did not have the birthright, he sold it to his brother Jacob. Thus it can be argued that Esau was not worthy of a blessing that would give him rule over his brother; yet Isaac was attempting to give him such a blessing (see Genesis 27:29).

Humans are often used by God in the Bible to accomplish His will. Yet, humans are not perfect. God can assure that His will is accomplished in spite of the unrighteous acts of men. That does not at all make God evil nor constitute an endorsement from God of the unrighteous acts men commit.

Nowhere in Genesis 27 does the Bible suggest that God commanded the lying and deceit. We also do not find any language in Genesis 27 that tells us God approved of it. There are many actions recorded in the Bible of which God does not approve. Sometimes those actions are even performed by people who were otherwise righteous and pleasing to God.

Since God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and since Satan is described as the father of lies (John 8:44) it follows that God would not, did not and does not endorse lying. To do so would be contrary to His very nature.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 11:50 am and is filed under Bible Reading Notes.

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