JACOB (DECEITFUL MAN)

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Jacob deceitful man
Jacob deceitful man

 THE BIBLE DOESN’T COVER UP JACOB’S SCHEMING (Jacob deceitful man)

“HE HAS DECEIVED E THESE TWO TIMES: HE TOOK MY BIRTHRIGHT, AND NOW HE’S TAKEN MY BLESSING!”  GENESIS 27:36 (Jacob deceitful man)

THE BIBLE DOES NOT MINCE WORDS IN DESCRIBING JACOB AS A GRASPING, GREEDY MAN. HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF HIS TWIN BROTHER’S IMPETUOUSNESS TO SWITCH PLACE WITH HIM IN THE FAMILY WILL (25:29-34). LATER, SEEING THAT HIS FATHER STILL FAVOURED ESAU, JACOB (WITH HIS MOTHER) TRICKED THE OLD MAN INTO BLESSING HIM IN PLACE OF HIS BROTHER. (A FATHER’S BLESSING WAS NOT MERELY SYMBOLIC. IT HAD A PERMANENT SIGNIFICANCE, LIKE A SWEARING-IN CEREMONY.) Jacob deceitful man

THE TRICKS BACKFIRE (Jacob deceitful man)

DRESSED UP IN ESAU’S CLOTHES AND SOME FRESH GOAT SKINS, JACOB FLATLY LIED TO HIS FATHER AND TOOK THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN. TRUSTING HIS NOSE OVER HIS EARS, FELL FOR IT (27:1-40). YET THE TRICK BACKFIRED. JACOB HAD TO RUN FOR HIS LIFE, AND HE SPENT 20 YEARS IN EXILE WITH HIS UNCLE. UNCLE LABAN GAVE A DOSE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE BY DECEIVING HIM AND REPEATEDLY CHANGING HIS WAGES AS HEAD SHEPHERD.

YOU MIGHT THINK JACOB WOULD LEARN THAT TRICKS AREN’T NICE. YET JACOB DIDN’T NOTICEABLY IMPROVE HIS WAYS. HE MADE A POOR HUSBAND, NEGLECTING ONE OF HIS WIVES AND CREATING RIVALRY. HE FAVORED TWO SONS, SO THAT THE NEGLECTED ONES GREW JEALOUS TO THE POINT OF MURDER. 

GOD MAKES THE CHOICE (Jacob deceitful man)

BUT GOD CHOSE JACOB. HE WAS ALWAYS MAKING THOSE KINDS OF CHOICES, SOMETIMES WITH NO APPARENT REASON  AT ALL. OFTEN HE WENT AGAINST THE TIME-HONORED PRACTICE OF LETTING THE FIRSTBORN SON BE NUMBER ONE, AS HE DID IN CHOOSING NUMBER-TWO SONS ABEL, JACOB, AND EPHRAIM. IN FACT, AN INSPIRED PROPHECY MARKED JACOB AS GOD’S CHOICE BEFORE HE WAS BORN-BEFORE HE HAD DONE A SINGLE THING TO MERIT THE CHOICE.

SO GOD’S CHOICE DID NOT NECESSARILY DEPEND ON HOW A PERSON BEHAVED. GOD CHOSE THE ONE HE WANTED–IT WAS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

IS THIS FAIR? THAT’S WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL ASKED IN ROMANS 9. HE CONCLUDED THAT WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO FIND FAULT WITH GOD’S CHOICES, KNOWING AS LITTLE AS WE DO COMPARED TO HIS INFINITE UNDERSTANDING. AND WHILE WE MAY NEVER UNDERSTAND GOD’S CHOICES, WE SHOULD NOTE THAT ALL THE “REJECTED” BROTHERS OF GENESIS–CAIN, CANAAN, ISHMAEL, REUBEN, ESAU, AND MANASSEH–WERE TREATED MORE THAN FAIRLY. THEIR OFFSPRING MULTIPLIED INTO NATIONS UNDER GOD’S PROTECTION.

NO ONE EXCLUDED

FOR HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE, GOD HAD A MUCH GREATER HONOR. GOOD OR BAD, THEY WOULD BE MADE A CHANNEL OF BLESSING FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. HE TOLD ABRAHAM, RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING, “ALL PEOPLES ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH YOU” (12:3). BY SELECTING A FEW, GOD PLANNED TO EXTEND HIS BLESSING TO ALL. AND THAT IS HOW IT WORKED OUT: ABRAHAM’S SMALL, FAULT-RIDDEN FAMILY GREW INTO A SIZEABLE, FAULT-RIDDEN NATION THAT BROUGHT FORTH, IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, A FAULTLESS JESUS.

NO WONDER PAUL WROTE THAT WE HAVE NO BUSINESS QUESTIONING THE WISDOM OF GOD. WE MAY NOT SEE WHY HE CHOSE PEOPLE LIKE JACOB. BUT UNQUESTIONABLY, THOSE CHOICES WORKED FOR GOOD–AND THE WHOLE WORLD BECAME ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE “CHOSEN PEOPLE”. AS PAUL WROTE, “YOU ARE ALL SONS OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST…..THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK, SLAVE NOR FREE, MALE NOR FEMALE, FOR YOU ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. IF YOU BELONG TO CHRIST, THEN YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED” (GALATIANS 3:26,28-29).

LIFE QUESTIONS: WHY DO YOU THINK GOD CHOOSES IMPERFECT PEOPLE LIKE JACOB? WHY DID HE CHOOSE YOU?

 

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