Children’s Study – Jacob, Part 1
Children’s Study – Jacob, Part 1
Jacob tricks his father into giving him his blessings
[by Victor Torres]
Last time, we saw how Isaac was used by God as a good example on how to be at peace with the people of this world, even while they hate us for being blessed by God.
Gen 26:31 (ESV) In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
Here we see Isaac striking a peace agreement with Abimelech and his men, even after the evil things that these men did to him (they shut the wells that Isaac’s men had dug with dirt). This is a great example of how we ought to live a “quiet and peaceful life” in this world, despite of all the evil around us.
1Ti 2:1 (GNB) First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people;
1Ti 2:2 for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.
We are supposed to pray for a peaceful environment so that we can continue to study the words of God in peace. We are not supposed to hold demonstrations or even participate in the elections of this world as an attempt to save this world.
2Ti 2:3 (LITV) Then you suffer hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Ti 2:4 No one serving as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of this life, so that he might please the one having enlisted him.
We are spiritual soldiers of Jesus Christ who should quietly suffer hardship from evil people. That is how we will please our Lord who called us to fight a spiritual war and not a physical war.
2Co 10:4 (GNB) The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments;
2Co 10:5 we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.
Notice the words that I emboldened above. “We take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.” This tells us where the spiritual war is taking place. It’s in our minds! We start off believing many lies, then we take those lies and destroy them with the truths from the Bible.
If we stay away from these worldly affairs and concentrate on God’s words, like Isaac, we will find the true water of life.
Gen 26:31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
Gen 26:32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.”
Gen 26:33 He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
Shibah means seven, and the number seven spiritually means completion or maturity. We become more mature every time we study and live the words of God.
Col 2:10 (MKJV) And you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power,
On the other hand, the false religions of this world continue to participate in the affairs of this world, including elections and wars. They also continue to teach their members to stay involved in them. This is what Esau symbolizes as he marries two Hittite women who caused great sadness to Isaac and Rebekah.
Gen 26:34 (MKJV) And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;
Gen 26:35 who were a grief of spirit to Isaac and to Rebekah.
Esau is following the bad example of his uncle Ishmael, who married someone from this world who then turned him into further disobedience to God.
2Pe 3:17 (ERV) Dear friends, you already know about this. So be careful. Don’t let these evil people lead you away by the wrong they do. Be careful that you do not fall from your strong faith.
Exo 23:2 (ERV) “Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. If you see a group of people doing wrong, don’t join them. You must not let them persuade you to do wrong things–you must do what is right and fair.
Kids, be careful who you make friends with. Peer pressure is a very strong pressure that could “persuade you to do wrong things”.
Let’s go back to the story:
Gen 27:1 (ESV) When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.”
Gen 27:2 He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death.
Gen 27:3 Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me,
Gen 27:4 and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”
Despite marrying two women who caused him and Rebekah much grief, Isaac still wanted to bless Esau. He does this at a time when he cannot see. In this part of Isaac’s life, he has become an example of those who are blind to God’s spiritual wisdom.
Mat 13:14 (CEV) So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “These people will listen and listen, but never understand. They will look and look, but never see.
Mat 13:15 All of them have stubborn minds! Their ears are stopped up, and their eyes are covered. They cannot see or hear or understand. If they could, they would turn to me, and I would heal them.”
Isaac who loves the meat that Esau hunts for him, is a symbol of people who love worldly wisdom and the things this world could offer.
Rebekah, however, has remembered that the Lord has chosen Jacob when she asked Him why the twins inside her were struggling or fighting against each other.
Gen 25:22 (CEV) Before Rebekah gave birth, she knew she was going to have twins, because she could feel them inside her, fighting each other. She thought, “Why is this happening to me?” Finally, she asked the LORD why her twins were fighting,
Gen 25:23 and he told her: “Your two sons will become two separate nations. The younger of the two will be stronger, and the older son will be his servant.”
So Rebekah acted on the word from the Lord, and told her younger son Jacob to trick his father into receiving the blessing meant for Esau:
Gen 27:6 (ESV) Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau,
Gen 27:7 ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the LORD before I die.’
Gen 27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you.
Gen 27:9 Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves.
Gen 27:10 And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.”
Gen 27:11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
Gen 27:12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.”
Gen 27:13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”
Rebekah, although acting on the word of the Lord, is not right in tricking her husband here. She could have just politely reminded Isaac that the Lord has chosen Jacob to rule over Esau. If Isaac doesn’t listen to her, then he will answer to God for his rebellion. But that is not what the Lord has written in Rebekah’s book. The same thing with Jacob who agreed to what his mother is planning.
Gen 27:14 (ESV) So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved.
Gen 27:15 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.
Gen 27:16 And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.
Gen 27:17 And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
Gen 27:18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”
Gen 27:19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”
Gen 27:20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the LORD your God granted me success.”
Wow, Jacob even uses the name of the Lord in his lie! This is telling us that the elect of God has been sinful also in the past. They were chosen not because of their good works, they do good works because they were chosen.
Gen 27:21 (ESV) Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.”
Gen 27:22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
Gen 27:23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him.
Now the deception is complete, and Jacob got his father’s blessings, but through a lie.
Gen 27:24 (CEV) Isaac asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “Yes, I am,” Jacob answered.
Gen 27:25 So Isaac told him, “Serve me the wild meat, and I can give you my blessing.” Jacob gave him some meat, and he ate it. He also gave him some wine, and he drank it.
When we lie, we need to continue lying in order to hide that original lie. As we have learned so many times before, there is no lie that will not be exposed. All lies will come out in the end and those who lie will be punished by God.
2Co 5:10 (GNB) For all of us must appear before Christ, to be judged by him. We will each receive what we deserve, according to everything we have done, good or bad, in our bodily life.
We will not have any peace of mind until we give up our evil ways and confess our lies. Jacob, as we will see in the continuation of his story, will suffer for the lies he has told against his brother Esau.
1Pe 3:9 (CEV) Don’t be hateful and insult people just because they are hateful and insult you. Instead, treat everyone with kindness. You are God’s chosen ones, and he will bless you. The Scriptures say,
1Pe 3:10 “Do you really love life? Do you want to be happy? Then stop saying cruel things and quit telling lies.
1Pe 3:11 Give up your evil ways and do right, as you find and follow the road that leads to peace.
1Pe 3:12 The Lord watches over everyone who obeys him, and he listens to their prayers. But he opposes everyone who does evil.”
Although we know that Esau didn’t value the birthright of the firstborn by exchanging it for a bowl of soup, Jacob is not justified in lying to his father to get the blessings intended for Esau. The elect of God has learned not to take matters into their own hands but to let God do His work.
Rom 9:11 (MKJV) (for the children had not yet been born, neither had done any good or evil; but that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who called,)
Rom 9:12 it was said to her, “The elder shall serve the younger.”
Rom 9:13 As it is written, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”
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- Children's Study - Jacob, Part 3 - Jacob Saw A Ladder... (August 9, 2016)
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