Pretending

Genesis 27:19-24(NIV)

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” he replied.

It’s Halloween and children will be dressing up in costumes and so will some adults who will take advantage of the extra hour from the Daylight Savings Time and also the fact that it falls on a Saturday night this year.  It’s a time to have some fun and the children will be going out door to door to get some candy.  They will be wearing a mask to disguise their real identity and they become a princess or their favourite super hero.

Jacob, with the help of his mom, also had a disguise.  He is the younger son and dressed up and acted like Esau, his older brother. When Isaac asked Jacob if he was really his son Esau, Jacob lied and pretended to be Esau.  The result was that Jacob received the blessing from Isaac instead of the blessing going to Esau.  This also reminds me that as I go to Church, it is easy to slip in and pretend to be somebody else.  On the outside, we can appear that everything is all together, but we are hurting inside and trying to be strong.  This is challenging to take off our masks and being real with others.  God gives us the strength to be able to do it as we see the example of Jesus being real with his disciples.

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