Jacob’s mother knew. She remembered and understood the promise from God that her elder son would serve the younger. Yet fear drove her to suggest and then help Jacob present himself in a deceptive manner to his father to obtain the spiritual blessing reserved for the first born, his brother Esau. What did she fear? She feared that Esau who disappointed her with his intermarriage with the heathen women around them would obtain more favor from God than her favorite son … so she compromised her own integrity by participating in the deception.