What was Isaac thinking?

Looking at the story of Isaac, one is struck by his peaceable characteristics.  No sign of rebellion, only trust and obedience, on the day his father announced he was going to offer him as a sacrifice.  Deeply attached to his mother, and then deeply in love with his wife. No hint of second love interests or concubines.

Rather than create issues with the Philistines, Isaac moves and moves again, digging one well after another. He obeys God and does not go down to Egypt.  He receives the promises.

What was he thinking then, when he called in his elder son , to bless him in words, diametrically opposed, to divine prophecy?

Rebekah had been given the word.

“Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.”

And here is Isaac intoning to the supposed Esau,

“Be master of your brothers,
And may your mother’s sons bow down to you.

What was he thinking?

Out-stubborning God?


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