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Genesis 27:41-28:22

Genesis 27:41-28:22

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Published by John Shearhart
God confirms the promise to Jacob and makes the eternal covenant personal to him.
God confirms the promise to Jacob and makes the eternal covenant personal to him.

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Genesis 27:41-28:22
October 9, 2013
The main characters of Genesis so far have been Adam, Noah, Abraham, andIsaac. Adam started his life in the garden as the first man in creation. He had theprivilege of naming the animals and he walked with God. He was given a wifecreated from his rib, but he followed her into sin by breaking God’s one law at thetime: “Don’t eat from this tree.” This sin got them cast out of the garden, but moreimportantly introduced sin into the world.Several generations later we’re introduced to Noah. Sin was so rampant that Goddestroyed the whole rest of the world. Noah found favor in God’s eyes, so he buildan ark with seven of his family members and they were saved. God established hiscovenant with Noah using the rainbow as a sign that he would never again floodthe earth.After several more generations we come to Abraham. He gets the most attentionand is considered one of the most important figures in Jewish history. He startedout as an idolater but God called him and made a covenant with him. “Abrahambelieved God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” He had many ups anddowns in his faith, but by the end of his life he was said to be “satisfied.”Abraham’s son, Isaac, leaves a different legacy. We’re never really shown that Isaac grew into the same spiritual maturity as his father. Hebrews shows that hebelieved unto righteousness, but when Isaac was too old to see, he tried to usurpGod by giving the blessing to Esau. The satisfaction that marked Abraham’s lifeseems vacant in Isaac’s. Jacob begins his life much in the same way, and this serves as an important reminder of the definition of grace. None of these men were holy on their own;God called them and that’s more than enough. Jacob was a bit of a trickster as he“stole” the birthright and the blessing from Esau and this is where we pick up now:
 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
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 And these words of Esau her elder  son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son,and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
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 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
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 And tarry with him a few days,until thy brother’s fury turn away;
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Until thy brother’s anger turn away fromthee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and
 
 fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in oneday? 
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 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of thedaughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such asthese which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? 
So Jacob plans to escape Esau’s wrath under the pretense of looking for a wife.This adventure, as we’ll see, will hold much more than that, but this is the initialreason.
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 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
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 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
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 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
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 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, tothee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land whereinthou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
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 And Isaac sent away  Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, thebrother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
Isaac sends Jacob back to Haran (which is where Abraham and his father hadsettled for a while) and blesses him in the process. One might expect Isaac to bebitter but he seems to at least accept the fact that Jacob is promised the blessing.But the conversation doesn’t go unnoticed by Esau:
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When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him hegave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
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 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
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Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wiveswhich he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of  Nebajoth, to be his wife.
Esau sees that marrying within the family pleases his father, so he marries withinthe family. The only trouble is that he went to Ishmael who was a work of Abraham’s flesh and not part of the inheritance.
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 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
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 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
 
 The distance between Beersheba and Haran was about 550 miles, so Jacob hadquite a trip. I can only imagine the grief, the fear, the regret, and the uncertaintyhe must have felt. Try and put yourself in his shoes: he just deceived his father andbasically betrayed his brother. He owned the birthright and the family blessing but they weren’t much good while on the run. He went looking for a wife, but he hadto have known he was really running for his life. We know the end, so we don’t feel the anxiety he endured. Will he make it to Haran? If so, what will happen?Will he find a wife? What will she be like? Is Esau coming after him? Will he meet Esau again? What will happen? I think we can safely say that Jacob was at a lowpoint in his life. In one day he lost 2/3 of his family and the safety of his home, andhis future was uncertain to say the least. This is the prime time for God to speak:
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 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.
We know from John 1:51 that the ladder is a reference to Christ who speaks to Jacob and reveals several things:
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 And, behold, the L
ORD
stood above it, and said, I am the L
ORD
God
When God appears to Jacob, He begins by revealing Himself as Yahweh. This is aspecial revelation and a special moment. This is perhaps Jacob’s first personalencounter with God. God is not vague but specific with His identity.
of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac:
 Jacob just made a complete fool of Isaac. I like to think here that these wordsbrought both conviction and comfort to Jacob. It was convicting to be reminded of his sin, but it must have been comforting to know that God is the God of evendysfunctional families. This covenant wasn’t based on the super-righteousness of the first Jews; God chose to be their God based on His sovereignty and it was so.
the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
This is a word of hope for the future. Don’t forget that Jacob is running for his life;now God speaks of Jacob’s future!
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 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spreadabroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south:
Not only will Jacob have descendants, but he will be very fruitful.

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