Years passed on. Now stricken with age and the lose of his sight, Isaac was determined that death was near. Determined to bestow the birthright upon his favorite son without delay he called Esau to his side. "Go out to the field and take me some venison; make me savory meat, ..... that my soul may bless thee before I die." So off Esau went with excitement to grant his father's wishes and thoughts of finally obtaining the birthright. No sooner had he left, Rebekah, overhearing the conversation, purposed in her heart that her husband was going against the Lord's instructions. She informed Jacob of his father's plans and told him of her own to ensure he would be the beneficiary of his father's blessings and not his brother.
Mother and son had succeeded in their purpose, however, trouble was not far behind. Though God had declared that 'the elder would serve the younger' His word would have been fulfilled in his own time and had they been patient and waited in faith, God would have worked it out for them.
Like many who profess to be God's children, they were unwilling to leave the matter in His hands. Rebekah bitterly repented the wrong counsel she gave her son; it was the means of separating him from her and she would never see his face again. From the hour he received the birthright, Jacob was weighed down with self-condemnation. He had sinned against his father, his brother, his own soul, and against God. In one short hour he had made work for a lifelong repentance. This scene was vivid before him in after years, when the wicked course of his own sons oppressed his soul.