Improvise – Six Sentence Story

Blue Ridge Mountains in Pisgah National Forest

Although Rebekah told Isaac of the prophecy she received that Jacob, the second-born of her twins and her favorite, was to receive the blessing, as the boys matured Esau, the first-born and Isaac’s favorite, seemed to Isaac better able to carry any burdens his blessing might require.

In his old age with failing eyesight, Isaac decided to give the blessing to Esau rather than Jacob without telling Rebekah, but she overheard his plan and improvised one of her own. She prepared the meal Isaac requested from Esau, covered Jacob’s arms with fur to imitate Esau’s hairy skin and dressed him in Esau’s clothing to deceive her husband. Not even Jacob, willing though he was to go along with it, thought her plan would work, but it did.

After realizing he had been fooled, Isaac reluctantly remembered the prophecy and remained faithful to it reaffirming the blessing he unwittingly gave to Jacob. Esau, however, wanted revenge and so Rebekah convinced Isaac to send Jacob off on the pretext of finding a suitable wife, not one like Esau found among the locals, knowing that she would likely never see Jacob again.

Denise offers the prompt “improvise” for this week’s Six Sentence Story.

A more complete and accurate description of what happened to Isaac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob begins at Genesis 25:19. The insight that Rebekah did not see Jacob again came from Pastor Colin Smith’s sermon last Sunday.

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Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

32 thoughts on “Improvise – Six Sentence Story”

    1. Yes, there is more to this story and I agree that the part about Esau selling his birthright for pottage is odd. I still don’t understand what kind of deal they were making. Regardless, Isaac wasn’t making the right choice. Thank you, Chel!

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  1. There are so many layers of meaning to these stories.

    Jacob did not return for many, many years, and when he did, he had 2 wives, 2 concubines, 11 sons and a daughter. Yes, by that time, probably Rebekah was not longer living.

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    1. I didn’t realize that she might not have been alive until I heard it suggested by Pastor Collins, but she probably knew Jacob might be gone a long time.


  2. nice job taking a story that I would offer, (in only the most charitable sense) was so not a Six Sentence Story and framing in a new(ish) style
    liked it.

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    1. That was me (the Anonymous comment above)
      the wordpress as decided to follow you lead on the Bible update as applied to Comment, I fear they are looking to Job for inspiration
      the Wakefield Doctrine

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