Jacob, who preferred to stay at home, was his mother’s favorite. His brother Esau, a skillful hunter, was his father’s favorite. One day, Esau returned from hunting, exhausted and hungry, and desired some of the lentil stew that Jacob was cooking. Jacob offered to give his brother some stew in exchange for his birthright, which gave him the right to a double portion of his father’s inheritance as the firstborn son. And so Esau was misled to sell his birthright to Jacob. (See Genesis 25:27-34) When the time came for their father Isaac to pronounce his blessing to Esau, Jacob and his mother conspired to deceive Isaac into blessing Jacob in Esau’s place. When Esau found out that his blessing had been given to Jacob, he threatened to kill his brother, and Jacob fled. (See Genesis 27:1-41) Jacob took advantage of the weaknesses of others in order to deceive them, as he deceived his brother out of his birthright, and he deceived his father, who was turning blind, into thinking that he was his brother, so that he could steal his blessing. But then sometime later, Jacob discovered that his uncle Laban was just as much a deceiver as he had been. Jacob agreed with Laban to work for seven years in return for Laban’s daughter Rachel, whom he loved deeply, only to find out on the wedding night that Laban substituted his older daughter, Leah, for Rachel. (See Genesis 29:23-25)  These type of stories is what the Bible warns us against when it says; “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap!!!” Galatians 6:7 NKJV