41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.” Genesis 27:41-46
Esau’s pleading with his father turned quickly into rage against his brother Jacob so his mother sent him away.
It didn’t take long for Jacob’s sin to catch up with him. Now he was exiled from his own home. Instead she had him to go this Uncle Laban. As we will see later, the deception will continue down the line and into his marriage.
Does sin usually have such immediate effects? No, of course not. Sometimes it doesn’t catch up with people at all. Many people are able to skirt it, go around it, and even lie about it.
We see it clearly in the political realm where gross sins are committed by politicians, but they are never held to account for them.
But not to let us commoners off the hook, the same types of sin occur in our lives too. We just are not able to lawyer up and get it resolved that way.
And it need not even be punishable sins.
Sin does catch up to people. We don’t know when that is or even if it’s in this lifetime, but let’s just say that God is taking careful notes!