Did you know that the Bible talks about deer hunting? Although the Bible talks about the way a person should live, it also tells stories about people who did everyday things. One of those everyday things was hunting. Specifically, they were involved in deer hunting. In the last blog entry, we looked at Esau, who the Bible says was a cunning hunter. Genesis 25:28 says that his father Isaac loved Esau because of his venison. Many of you can relate.
Genesis 27 says that Isaac felt he was close to death and wanted to give his blessing to his son, which was a way of passing on what was his. Genesis 27:3-4 says that Isaac says, “Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; and make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.” Again, this was amazing considering that Esau used only a bow and quiver. I know that many are interested in bow-hunting, though the bows available now are quite advanced from what Esau used. It was not easy to get a deer with just a bow.
This story takes a turn because Esau’s mother hears that Isaac intends to bless Esau. She prefers Esau’s twin brother Jacob, and so tells Jacob to get a goat that she make taste like venison. When Jacob brings the meat into Isaac, he pretends to be Esau. Since it has not been long since Esau left, Isaac expresses surprise. He asks, “How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?” Isaac knows that it usually took much longer to get a deer than the time it takes to kill and prepare a goat, which may have been a few hours. Jacob realizes he has made a mistake in coming so quickly, and says, “Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.”
This is a lie, of course, and is wrong. But Isaac accepts it because he is a believer in God. The lesson to be learned here is that if you are able to get a deer this season, it will be by divine providence. You may use your knowledge of deer and equipment, but that will not guarantee you a deer. You most likely know of many people who are very knowledgeable when it comes to hunting, yet routinely get nothing in their excursions. James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.” That includes deer.
You might be saying, “Can I really thank God for giving me a deer?” Here is what 1Thessalonians 5:18 says: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” If God says give thanks for everything, you can give thanks for your deer.