For God to get Jacob into right relationship with Him, He literally fights against the mortal.
Jacob was a acute and chronic bad boy. He took advantage of this brother, Esau, in a moment of weakness. He deceives his dad and steals his brother’s blessing. He’s the most unscrupulous conniver of the Old Testament.
God works on him. First, he sends him away from his family for 20 years. He can’t attend his mom’s funeral. Then he’s tricked by his uncle, for whom he worked seven years to marry Rachel. When he wakes up the morning after the wedding (lighting was bad in those days), it’s Leah, the ugly older sister. He must work another seven years for Rachel.
Then he’s cheated on wages. When he flees, his uncle comes after him and very nearly kills him.
Still, Jacob is unrepentant.
Then Jacob’s brother comes out with a small army to kill the defenseless Jacob. That night, it finally occurs to Jacob to pray. He literally wrestles with God, a symbol of how his relationship with God has been. God, obviously, wins, but not without some stubborn resistance from the stubborn man.
The next day, Esau’s 400-man army comes upon him — and God miraculously intervenes. Instead of killing him in short order, Esau breaks down and kisses him. It wasn’t the bonds of family that beat the bonds of bitterness. It was God.
How far will God have to go to get your attention?
The HBible records that Jacob buys Easu’s birthright with a bowl of stew SO there is no stealing the birthright!!!
A. DEAL IS A DEAL THEY SHOOK HANDS ON IT SO TOO SPEAK!!!!!
Second, Laban came after Jacob because the idols were stolen by Rachel!!! 3rd Leah the ugly sister was the BIRTH MOTHER OF JUDAH WHO WAS IN THE LINEAGE OF KING DAVID AND LORD JESUS!!!!!!!!! Beauty is skin deep?? Do you look at ones heart or outer appearance? GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART!! JACOB WAS BLESSED AT EVER TURN AND EVERY CORNER HE PROSPERED AND HAD MORE ANIMALS THAN HIS FATHER IN LAW THEN HIS BROTHER DIDNT KILL HIM BUT HUGGED HIM GOD PULLED HIS HIP OUT OF SOCKET BUT BLESSED HIM WITH THE NAME CHANGE TO ISRAEL HE BECAME A SPIRITUAL MAN NO LONGER A MAN OF MATERIAL PLANNING BUT NOW AFTER GODS HEART AND PLANS. 🙂
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It is amazing the trickster Jacob despite many faults and flaws was still good enough for God to choose to use to bless the Jewish Nation and us granted in by the Grace and Mercy of God through Christ Jesus. God also changed his Name to Israel so named 12 tribes of Israel after his 12 sons which is modern Israel cities of today in Israel. Thanks for following. God bless.
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