Rebekah hears of Isaac’s intention. That makes her worried. She thinks that the Divine blessing will pass Jacob by. Instead of going to Isaac and reminding him of God’s intention to bless the youngest for the eldest, she resorted to deceit. It is one thing to know the thoughts of God, it is another thing how they are realized. It is terrible to help God by deceit.
Wouldn’t God have answered her if she had gone to Him with this problem? She used to do that (Gen 25:2222But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I [this way]?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.). She started with Isaac in such harmony. They have received one another from the LORD (Gen 24:1-4,12-15,57-671Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.2Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh,3and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live,4but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”12He said, “O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.13Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water;14now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—[may] she [be the one] whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”15Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder.57And they said, “We will call the girl and consult her wishes.”58Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”59Thus they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men.60They blessed Rebekah and said to her,
“May you, our sister,
Become thousands of ten thousands,
And may your descendants possess
The gate of those who hate them.”
61Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.62Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the Negev.63Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.64Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel.65She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her veil and covered herself.66The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.). Together they sought Him for having children (Gen 25:2121Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.). Now she is going to cheat on her husband. She thinks she can secure Jacob and the blessing for him by this, but she loses Jacob by it.
The cheating is done by two young goats and their skins. Later Jacob will be deceived in the same way (Gen 37:31-3431So they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;32and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, “We found this; please examine [it] to [see] whether it is your son’s tunic or not.”33Then he examined it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!”34So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.). Jacob still objects first. He thinks along, but only in a negative sense. He only thinks about what the consequences would be if the fraud were discovered. There is no feeling of guilt, but only fear of the curse when discovered.
Rebekah declares that he is prepared to take on the curse. She does see a solution. The skins provide the solution. Then she prepares the savory food “such as his father loved” (verse 14b14So he went and got [them], and brought [them] to his mother; and his mother made savory food such as his father loved.). She prepares the goats so that it looks like game, making it “deceptive food” (Pro 23:33Do not desire his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food.).
It is very bad to misuse the knowledge that a man and a wife have acquired from each other in a marriage for their own plans. Here knowledge undermines their unity, while what spouses know about each other should serve to strengthen their marriage. There is no more openness. They play hide and seek for each other.