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God, the God of Israel (Genesis 33:18-20)

This very short passage shows Jacob getting about the business of reclaiming his rightful inheritance as a descendant of Abraham.  He even went to the town of Shechem, where Abraham had dwelt as well.  He bought a piece of land and set up his dwelling there.  Not extremely eventful, except for him getting back on … Continue reading God, the God of Israel (Genesis 33:18-20)

Wrestle with God Before You Wrestle With Man (Genesis 32:22-33:17)

Jacob was solved one family issue(Laban), and has planned for solving another(Esau).  He sent his entire family and servants across the Jabbok ford, and he stayed behind.  An abrupt change happens here.  Out of nowhere, Jacob is wrestling with a Man.  It is widely understood that this was an appearance of Jesus Christ in preincarnate … Continue reading Wrestle with God Before You Wrestle With Man (Genesis 32:22-33:17)

Revenge, Release, Retry (Genesis 27:41-28:9)

After Jacob basically stole Esau's blessing, Esau was furious and plotted to kill Jacob once their father had died.  However, Rebekah heard of his plans and warned Jacob of the impending danger.  Esau, although he may have been somewhat justified in his anger, overreacted to Jacob's deceit.  The rift was deep, and led to Esau's … Continue reading Revenge, Release, Retry (Genesis 27:41-28:9)

Selling of the Birthright; Like Father, Like Son; Redigging Wells (Genesis 25:29-26:35)

Talk about a dysfunctional family!  Jacob and Esau, the twins from Isaac and Rebekah's union, came out of the womb at odds, and are still, seemingly, in the midst of sibling rivalry.  Esau has been out hunting and comes home hungry, where Jacob has been cooking stew.  Esau is so hungry, he agrees to sell … Continue reading Selling of the Birthright; Like Father, Like Son; Redigging Wells (Genesis 25:29-26:35)