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Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau « The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith

Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 - 1:52 pm PDT

One of the best things about Bible stories is that they remind us to teach our kids the moral values that we might not think to teach them otherwise. Take for example: racial intolerance, deception, and favoritism. The four new stories added to the Genesis section of the Brick Testament website today begin with the patriarch Abraham aghast at the idea of his son Isaac marrying anyone of the Canaanite race. We move on to Isaac deceiving foreigners about his wife. Then Isaac and Rebekah bear twins, and each favors one twin more than the other, culminating in Rebekah and Jacob using lies and deception to fool blind, elderly Isaac and screw over Esau. These are not merely the upstanding (if seldom taught) moral actions of the people God chose to bless above all others, but those practiced by God himself.  So parents, teach your children well.