Let’s talk about Jacob acquiring the birthright from Esau. Jacob had a right to the birthright because Esau sold it for a bowl of stew. (Gen 25:29-34) But he deceived his father, Isaac, by dressing up like Esau in order to get the blessing; which would be grain and riches etc. What I want to focus on is…does Jacob get punished by deceiving his father Isaac? I’m going to say ‘yes’ because if you compare the themes of Jacob & Isaac, and Jacob and Laban, you will see that it’s a perfect measure-for-measure judgment on Jacob.
In Gen 27:1, we see that Isaac had grown old and his eyes were ‘dim’ so that he couldn’t see. It was because of this that Jacob was able to deceive him.
Now look at Gen 29:33. Laban brings Leah to Jacob in the evening when it was dark, and Jacob couldn’t see. But in the morning, when he could see, he saw that it was Leah and not Rachel.
Do you see the thematic connection? Not only was Jacob deceived as he had deceived Isaac, but the way it happened was exactly the same….neither one of them could see.
Isaac couldn’t see due to his old age, and Jacob couldn’t see due to lack of light. And this is why I think Yahweh’s hand was in it. It’s just too perfect to chalk it up to chance. (not that I believe in that anyway).