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The God of Jacob

The God of Jacob

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By C. I. Scofield, D. D.


"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob" — Psalms 146:5

"Moreover he said, I am ... the God of Jacob."

— Exodus 3:6
By C. I. Scofield, D. D.


"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob" — Psalms 146:5

"Moreover he said, I am ... the God of Jacob."

— Exodus 3:6

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THE GOD OF JACOBBy C. I. Scofield, D. D."Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob" — Psalms 146:5"Moreover he said, I am ... the God of Jacob." — Exodus 3:6LET us consider, first of all, the tremendoussignificance of the fact that such a Being asJehovah will call himself the God of Jacob. Weknow who Jacob was. He was the grandson of Abraham. We know more than that; we knowwhat Jacob was. Jacob was a crafty, grasping andunscrupulous man, a man of the world; a man withan intense desire for the things of the world; and apeculiarly ignoble and base man in his method of attaining his desires ; as we should say, a thoroughlydishonorable man. He was a man, therefore, forwhom, naturally and rightly, we have feelings onlyof reprobation and condemnation.Instinctively, we make excuses for those sins andfaults of character which spring out of impulse, andhave their occasion in a passing momentary tempta-tion. We are acquainted with ourselves well enough,at least, to know that we also are compassed withinfirmity, and that we too are constantly fallingbefore the power of temptation. Therefore, when137138 I MAY PULPITSwe hear of some man who has fallen into sin as the
 
result of some sudden assailment of temptation,which finds him weak because unwatchful, therearises in our hearts — if they are noble hearts — a feeling of compassion and pity. We are quiteprepared to take our place by his side for a moment,and to confess that we too, under like circumstances,might have fallen as he fell.But for another kind of character we have scantpity. There is a cold, calculating, crafty, base,avaricious, grasping, subterranean type of characterfor which we feel an aversion — a settled aversionand dislike — without the thought of pity. We donot go very far in our experience of character beforewe find out, that while the outbreaking sinner, of strong passions and weak power of resistance, maybe won — perhaps easily — by the engine of love tobetter things, the cold, crafty, scheming characteris one almost impossible to move towards anythinghigh and noble. ow Jacob was all of this. Hemingled it with his faith. There was in him an ele-ment of faith, genuine so far as it went, which en-abled him to lay hold of a promise of God, but withit there was also this other thing, which led him toseek the attainment of the thing promised by un-scrupulous and unworthy means. That was Jacob.A typical mean man, yet God calls Himself "the God of Jacob." — Exodus 3:6ow think of God. How shall we speak of Him?WITH DR. C. I. SCOFIELD 139He is absolutely holy — a holiness that makes sinhateful to Him, so that sin is the one thing that He(perfect love) hates with a perfect hatred. Andthis is what it comes to, this text of ours. It links
 
together absolute perfection, untainted and untaint-able holiness, and the meanest natural character de-scribed in all the Bible — Jacob. Almighty God takeshis stand as it were, by the side of that mean scamp,and says to all the world — and not at all apologet-ically — "I am his God,""I am . . . the God of Jacob." — Exodus 3:6I have no doubt that Abraham would have beenashamed of that grandson of his. Though not byany means a perfect character himself, there was inAbraham a largeness, nobility and breadth of char-acter, that would have made the grasping meannessand unscrupulousness of his grandson peculiarly hate-ful and distasteful to him. We may believe, itwould have been with no little shame that Abrahamwould have said: "Yes, he is my grandson." ButAlmighty God, without apology and without shame,says: "I am his God.""I am . . . the God of Jacob." — Exodus 3:6ow I ask you — you believers, who like Jacobhave true faith, like Jacob have grievous faults — tolook with me for a little time at this thought of therevelation of the Holy Jehovah as one who takes upthe Jacobs of this world and avouches Himself to be140 I MAY PULPITStheir God; gets alongside of them and does not dis-own them; stands between them and the doom theydeserve, and transforms and glorifies them. First of all, consider what a hope it opens to a world fullof sinners."I am . . . the God of Jacob." — Exodus 3:6

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