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Jacob Returns Home

And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. Genesis 31:3

The time has come for Jacob to return to his homeland with his entire family. God commanded Jacob to return, but this was going to cause strife with his father in law Laban. Jacob was afraid to tell Laban they were leaving, in fear that he would take his daughters (Leah and Rachel) back.

And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s. Genesis 31:19

Now before they left, Rachel did something strange, she stole idols/images from her Father. Why did she do this? Maybe sentimental value? Maybe to sell them? However we see that Laban was a pagan. He was worshipping false gods. This is important to remember, that Abraham was raised a pagan. Then one day the true Living God called him out and to be set apart from the world

This is the same for us, when we get saved God is calling us out from this world of idols to be set apart body of believers

And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:24

Once Laban realized Jacob and his family had left, he pursued after them. But God came to him in a dream and told him not to say anything good or bad. What does this mean? We’ll find out later in the story

It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:29

Laban was seeking to get revenge on Jacob, however he remembered that warning God gave him about Jacob. Laban listened to Gods warning and eventually made a peace treaty with Jacob

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight. Genesis 31:42

Jacob affirms the only reason Laban hasn’t killed him is because God is watching over him. Then Laban and Jacob made a covenant and they went peacefully on their way headed to Canaan

This will be the beginning of the nation of Israel

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And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. Genesis 30:1

Chapter 30 is completely full of drama and more drama. As stated before, God never ordained polygamy. As God said the covenant of marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24) Anytime we see polygamy practiced in the Bible it’s a complete train wreck and this is not different

Leah and Rachel have a rivalry between each other because they are both married to Jacob. Leah so far had 4 sons while Rachel has not being able to conceive. This has caused great hardship for Rachel even though she was the favorite of Jacob

And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. Genesis 30:3

So the dysfunctional family gets even more dysfunctional as Rachel gives up trying to conceive and tells Jacob to marry her servant Bilhah and have children with her. Bilhah ends up having 2 sons with Jacob, Dan and Nephatali

When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. Genesis 30:9

By this time Leah stopped having children,  being jealous of Rachel, she told Jacob to take her servant Zilpah as his wife also. She had two more sons for Jacob names Gad and Asher

And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar. And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun. And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah. Genesis 30:17-21

So after all this Leah conceives again 3 times, she has 2 more sons (Issachar, Zebulun) and 1 daughter (Dinah)

And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son. Genesis 30:23-24

Now Rachel finally conceived and this would be Joseph. And as we are going to learn as we go along Joseph becomes an important figure as he is a foreshadow of Christ to come

And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country. Genesis 30:25

So the final event in this very eventful chapter is Jacob then asks his father in law Laban if they can all leave and go back to his home country. So Jacob and his 4 wives and 13 children with all their possessions and animals begin the journey back to Canaan where Jacob grew up

Leah and Rachel

And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured Genesis 29:16-17

So now we continue on our journey as Jacob is now looking for a wife. He left the land of Canaan to go back to his homeland and find a suitable wife. Upon his arrival he met Rachel , who was said to be very beautiful and kind. And it was love at first sight, as Jacob was mesmerized by her

However the story is going to take a twist, as Rachel is not the eldest sister. Therefor her father wants the eldest sister, Leah, to get married first. There father made an agreement with Jacob that he could marry Rachel after he worked for him for seven years, however the deceiver got deceived

And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? Genesis 29:25

I don’t know if Jacob had a little too much wedding wine, but upon the wedding day their father switched them and Jacob actually married Leah instead of Rachel. Once Jacob realized this the next morning, he made another agreement to work 7 more years to finally marry Rachel

Now this obviously is going to create a lot of family drama. However God is going to use this mess to make the nation of Israel.

And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31

The truth of the matter is Jacob loved Rachel but not Leah. However Rachel was unable to have children and Leah was very fertile. This turned out to be a blessing from Jacob, as remember the 12 tribes (sons) of Israel are to come from Jacob

God had mercy on Leah and gave her the blessing of children. Now in todays society that might not seem like a blessing, but in this culture having children was the greatest wealth (blessing) you could receive from God

Leah had 4 sons (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah) Remember the Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah….Leah has blessed this world forever!

Jacobs Ladder

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12

One of the most intriguing stories, maybe in the whole Bible is known as “Jacobs Ladder”. At this time Jacob was sent away to find a wife. Just as his father Isaac , they didn’t want him breeding with the Canaanites , who were wicked and pagan people.  So Jacob made the journey back to his descendants homeland to find a wife

During his journey, he had a vision of a Ladder going to Heaven and angels were ascending and descending from it. Now it gets more interesting as he sees God standing above the ladder

And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; Genesis 28:13

Now the interesting thing is this scripture says “Yah-weh” stood above it. Meaning Jacob saw God himself standing above the ladder. How is this possible if God is a spirit (John 4:24) and nobody has seen him and lived? This was Jesus Christ standing before Jacob

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:14

Again God reminded Jacob of the blessings through his family line. The same promises he gave Abraham and the same he gave Isaac, he is now passing down those blessings to Jacob. As this is the line that will birth Israel and will bring forth the Messiah

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. Genesis 28:15

God promises he is with Jacob and he will never leave him. This is wonderful assurance to Jacob who is beginning his journey to staring his family. God is with us in Jesus name Amen!

Stolen Blessing

And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: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. Genesis 27:2-4

Well were coming to the end of Isaacs life. And Isaac wants to bless his firstborn son, which was tradition back then. Esau was technically the firstborn son even though him and Jacob were paternal twins. However if you remember a few chapters back, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew

So Esau still thinks hes going to get the blessing, even though he sold his birthright. So he goes out hunting per his fathers request to find him a deer for his final meal. Meanwhile their mother, Rebekah devices a plan for Jacob to trick his father into getting the blessing. This is one of the reasons Jacob has become known as a “deceiver”

More background is the Bible tells us Esau was actually his fathers favorite because he was a mighty hunter however Jacob was his mothers favorite because he was quiet and liked to hang around the house (Genesis 25:27-28)

And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. Genesis 27:19

Jacob went ahead with the plan that him and his mother came up with to deceive his father. Esau was a hairy man and Jacob wasn’t, so he wore animal fur to discuss himself. His father was surprised he found a deer so quickly, but he believed his son and ate it anyway

Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee. Genesis 27:29-30

Isaac blessed his son, who he thought was Esau but was really Jacob. Esau arrived right after his father finished blessing Jacob. Obviously his father was greatly confused when Esau brought back a deer at his request.

And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing. Genesis 27:35

Eventually Isaac realized he blessed the wrong son but it was too late. Esau begged for a blessing but his father said Esau will serve Jacob. Obviously this angered Esau greatly and vowed to kill Jacob when he finds him.. This fulfilled the prophecy of two nations coming from Rebekah’s womb (Genesis 25:23) His mother sent Jacob away to hide so Esau doesn’t kill him

Esau would eventually form the nation of Edom, which would be longtime enemies of Israel for years to come!

 

 

Isaac Meets Jesus

And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. Genesis 26:24

So now that Abraham has passed away, and Isaac is married to Rebekah. Its time for Isaac to continue establishing the nation God has promised them through his covenant. This is a very interesting scripture as the original Hebrew says “Yah-weh appeared to Isaac”

Now knowing that God is a spirit (John 4:24) and nobody has seen God (John 1:18) We can make the assumption that Isaac is speaking with Jesus who is God in the flesh (John 1:14) This is an interesting moment as we remember Abraham spoke with Jesus face to face in Genesis 18 before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Now you might say, What is the big deal? Well the question has always been how were the Old Testament patriarchs saved? Well as you study the Old Testament closely you see that almost all of them have met Jesus face to face at one time.

And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well. Genesis 26:25

Notice Isaacs reaction , he built an altar to Yah-weh to worship there. So obviously Isaac met God and he accepted and worshipped him. How is this possible? Because of God incarnate Jesus Christ

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

There is no other means of salvation then Jesus Christ, our Living Hope! Amen!

Two Nations

And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. Genesis 25:23

Genesis Chapter 25 is actually a busy chapter. We see Abraham has died  and gave everything to Isaac. We also see God blessed Isaac  (25:11) and not Ishmael, because remember Isaac was the promised Son from God, Ishmael was not

Isaacs wife Rebekah then conceived twins, they will be Jacob and Esau. This is where things get interesting as Esau is technically the firstborn however Jacob will get the blessing from his father

And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? Genesis 25:31-32

Jacob knowing that he wasn’t technically the firstborn, gets Esau to sell him his birthright. Now you could do all kind of sermons with this, such as is there anything that you are selling your birthright with God? Is there any sin in this world that is worth losing your soul over?

It says that “Esau despised his birthright” (Genesis 25:34) Esau never appreciated his position as being the firstborn to begin with, he had a heart issue. Much like the people who reject Christ, they don’t value their salvation, they don’t value their position with God

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 9:13-15

As the Apostle Paul is teaching here, God is displaying his sovereignty and predestination, as Jacob he has chosen and Esau he didn’t. Just as Isaac was the chosen son and Ishmael wasn’t. Now there are factors that go into consideration, as God is the only one who can read hearts and minds.

However regardless of what our opinion, God is in complete control and we are not. As he told Moses, he will have mercy on who he wants , its not up to us. As we work through Genesis we will see how Gods plan plays out and leads us to the Messiah

Love At First Sight

The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. Genesis 24:7

The time has come for Isaac to find a wife. Sarah has passed away (Genesis 23) and Abraham is now nearing the end of his life. Isaac will be the future seed that will fulfill Gods promise of making them a great nation (Israel) But Abraham wants to first find Isaac a wife before he passes away

But Abraham doesn’t just want any wife for his son, he wants a wife that was chosen by God. Currently Abraham and his family was living among the Canaanites who were wicked people. Abraham didn’t want Isaac to take one of them for his wife, so he sent his servant back to his homeland to find a suitable wife

And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Genesis 24:12

Notice before the servant pursued finding someone for Isaac, he prayed to God to help him. He wasn’t trying to fix the issue on his own he was asking God for wisdom and guidance, we should always do the same!

And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up. Genesis 24:15-16

Even before the servant finished his prayer, Rebekah showed up at the well. The Bible says she was very beautiful and she showed great kindness and hospitality to the strangers. God answered the servants prayer

And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 24:64-67

Isaac and Rebekah it was love at first sight. They got married and Rebekah comforted Isaac upon his mothers death which he took very hard. This is the continuation of Gods great promise of the blessed seed that would become the great nation of Israel which would lead to the Messiah

 

 

God Provides The Lamb

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. Genesis 22:1

This chapter is probably the most difficult chapter in the entire Bible to read and understand. Here God is going to tempt Abraham but requesting him to sacrifice his Son. Now when we read this we obviously become very emotional. We feel the sorrow for Isaac and Abraham, we feel anger that God would request this. Do we feel the same way when we think of Jesus?

Many of us are willing to accept the atoning sacrifice by Christ, but do we ever weep for Jesus? Do we ever feel the anger that our sin put him on that cross? This story is obviously a foreshadow of Christ to come and save the world

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. Genesis 22:8

Now notice, Isaac asks his Father, “Where is the sacrifice”, and Abraham tells him “God will provide the Lamb” , obviously another foreshadow of Christ to come as he is the Lamb of God (John 1:29) But also from Abrahams response we see that he trust God provide a way even though he doesn’t understand it

Why would God test Abraham with this? Obviously it’s a foreshadow of Christ but also he was testing Abrahams heart. Isaac was the only thing Abraham wanted in the world, and it came to a point where he was an idol. God wanted to know was he still first

And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. Genesis 22:11-12

Just then a “Messager of Yahweh” told Abraham not to lay a hand on Isaac, was this Jesus? God provided the sacrifice that day and he ultimately provided the sacrifice for us all in Christ Jesus.

Would God really allow Isaac to be killed? No because without Isaac there would be no Messianic Line, this was just a test by God to see Abrahams faithfulness. Is this story shocking and difficult? Yes but we should view what Christ did for us this shocking as well.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Birth of Isaac

For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. Genesis 21:2

The promise of God was fulfilled, it probably wasn’t fulfilled when Abraham and Sarah would have liked, but it was fulfilled in Gods timing. There was many times when Abraham and Sarah had given up on this promise by God, however God would remind them that it will be fulfilled.

We need to understand that God cant lie, and his promises to us are as good as done. They may not happen in the timeframe that we like, but it will happen according to Gods will. Its important we learn to believe in Gods word with true faith and be obedient to his higher calling for our life

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

The author of Hebrews states Sarah was delivered a child by God, when nobody seemed like it was humanely possible because of her faith. Remember Jesus said its by faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains. (Matthew 17:20)

Let the birth of Isaac be a constant reminder to us all.

1.With God all things are possible.

  1. God will fulfill his will in his time
  2. Your faith makes Gods miracles possible
  3. Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding