It might be interesting to record all the lies or deceptions that occur in these passages. Jacob lies (with his mothers help), he in turn gets deceived when he is about to be married, both Jacob and Laban try to one up each other with his wages, and then we end up with Rachel lying about stealing from her father. Whew! Most of us could probably point to ways our families are messed up, but hopefully it isn’t as bad as Jacobs! Perhaps we should all try to be as truthful and forthright as possible in response to this passage.
I have been fairly hard on Rebekah in the past. Upon further reflection, I wonder if she somehow thought she was doing what God wanted by deceiving her husband. Remember Genesis 25:23? “The sons in you womb will become two rival nations. One nation will be stronger than the other, the descendants of your older son will serve the descendants of your younger son.” Perhaps Isaac, although knowing the prophecy, was intentionally trying to circumvent it because he liked Esau better than Jacob. Favoritism is never a good thing in families, as we’ll see in the days ahead.