The Trickster Gets Tricked!

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

I love the book of Genesis. I have studied the book a couple of times before, but this summer I find myself journeying through this beautiful book again.

This morning while doing my devotions I parked in the chapters that hold the story of Jacob and his brother Esau. In case your unfamiliar with the story I will catch you up. Jacob and his brother Esau are Isaac and Rebecca’s twin boys. Jacob was his mama’s favourite and the two of them tricked Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing that was actually intended for Esau (this was shortly after Jacob convinced Esau to trade his birthright in for a bowl of stew. Yes, your read that right! A bowl of STEW!)

When it was time for Jacob to take a wife he set his sights hard after Rachel. When he asked Rachel’s dad (Laban) for her hand in marriage, he agreed, with the condition that Jacob would first pay him with seven years of work in his fields. Completely smitten, Jacob agrees to this and works for Laban for seven years. When he completed this tall order he hurried to Laban and asked for his girl. Laban agreed and even threw a huge party to celebrate these nuptials—pretty sweet of him, right?! Except when it was time for Jacob and Rachel to consummate their marriage, Laban sent in his oldest daughter Leah instead. When Jacob woke up the next morning he looked into the eyes of Leah, not Rachael.

Oh, oh. Looks like the trickster got tricked!

Laban explained that he gave Jacob Leah first because it just wasn’t customary to marry off the younger daughter before the firstborn. He promised Jacob he could have Rachel as well if he served in his fields for another seven years. And get this—Jacob DID!

I think we can learn two very important things from this excerpt in Genesis. The first thing is this: You reap what you sow. That’s scriptural. Jacob was successful in swindling both his brothers birthright AND his blessing away from him. All that deception-sowing served him up a ripe ‘ol harvest of …you guessed it: deception. Make sure that what your sowing up is something you wouldn’t mind receiving yourself.

I think the second thing we can learn from these scriptures is: how impatient our culture has become with love and intimacy. I believe God is showing us here just how beautiful the wait can be. Friends, if you know a young person and you have an opportunity to share the beauty of the wait—please, I urge you to do so.

We must be ever so cautious not give up something of immeasurable value for something mediocre.


I’d love to hear what scriptures you are reading now and how they are speaking to you. Please share in the comments below 🙂