Jacob had a long years-and eventful life. Some instances stand out more that others, but all are worth reading for yourself. His story is told in Genesis chapters He had many adventures in the land of Canaan, but there are 3 themes if like to explore in his life.
Jacob fathers one daughter and twelve sons, these sons later becoming the twelve tribes of Israel. One of his sons was Joseph, the Joseph of multi colored coat game, but his story comes later. While not the first story about Jacob, that would be his birth in chapter 25, this is one of the most well known. The story takes place in chapter 28 of Genesis, and involves what is probably the most famous ladder in history.
And he came to a certain place, and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you.
This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Jacob dreams of a ladder, or staircase, connecting heaven and earth. And by using this ladder, angels of the Lord come and go to do His will on earth. This can be seen as a prophecy of Christ talking on our humanity John and becoming like us in all things but sin Heb , therefore uniting heaven and earth and bridging the divide between the two.
He promises to give the land to Jacob and his descendants,to multitude of descendants, and that all the earth will be blessed by his descendants.
The Story of Salvation; Jacob
After the death of Abraham, in Genesis 25, Isaac and Rebekah have twin sons. Jacob, who is the younger twin, comes out of the womb holding on to the heel of his older brother Esau. This was an indication of things to come. God even told Rebekah that there would be strife with between her two sons. As they grew up, Isaac favored Esau and Rebekah favored Jacob.
Once when Jacob was boiling pottage, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. Either that or he was the worlds worst negotiator.
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Phase two came when it was time for Isaac to give his blessings to his sons, just before he died. Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me, and prepare for me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat; that I may bless you before I die. Go to the flock, and fetch me two good kids, that I may prepare from them savory food for your father, such as he loves; and you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.
Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son; and the skins of the kids she put upon his hands and upon the smooth part of his neck; and she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that you may bless me. May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.
Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Cursed be every one who curses you, and blessed be every one who blesses you!
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She comes up with the plan to supplant her one son with the other, maybe she was innocent in the first phase but she seems like the instigator of the second phase. When Esau actually comes home, both him and Isaac are not happy about what has happened, to put it mildly. Esau plans on killing his brother as soon as his father dies, and Rebekah hears of this so she urges Jacob to flee to her brother.
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. Tell me, what shall your wages be? So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her.
Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.
Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me? Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years. Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her maid.
So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. It was customary for a bride to remain veiled on the wedding night and inside the tent was dark, so that Jacob was blind to the rise until the morning light.
Laban failed to mention, over the course of seven years, that it was customary for the eldest daughter to be married first, this too echoes Jacob and Esau, except in this instance it is the elder supplanting the junior. Jacob learned the hard way that we should alway live the golden rule. Jesus summed it up twice in the Gospels, and in the Matthew quote, He goes as far as to say that this is a summation of the law and the prophets; in essence it is the sum total of the moral law. So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
He had deceived his brother and his father, and in doing so he set himself up to reap what he had sown. There are many examples of this principle on scripture itself, both in the Old and New Testaments;. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
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And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. We should be fair with all we deal with because that is the way of the Gospel.
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For a finale, she program opens up, like a Hitchcock vignette, on a rediscovery—that of a large Mayan temple deep in the Yucatan. Here the camera of Hugh and Suzanne Johnston, the Princeton couple who made the film, bobs realistically as a small expedition hacks its way through the steamy jungle.
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