Jacob – (1) father of Israel (and of Joseph)

The Reunion of Jacob and Esau (1844 painting b...The reunion of Jacob and Esau (wikipedia)

A great over all quick view of Jacob, with charts and all. Coming in the next 2 Sundays are Part 2 – The story of Jacob & Part 3 Joseph – The consequences of sin:

THE DEVISING BROTHER – Gen 25:27-34

  • He pressures Esau into trading his birthright.

THE DECEITFUL SON – Gen 27:6-29

  • He tricks his father to receive the blessing.

THE DREAMING PILGRIM – Gen 28:10-22

  • He sees a ladder set up from earth to heaven at Bethel.
  • Angels are ascending and descending upon it.
  • God confirms to him the Abrahamic Covenant.
  • Upon awakening he anoints a rockpile and vows to serve God.

THE LOVE-STRUCK SUITOR – Gen 29:1-20

  • He meets Rachel, his cousin and future wife, beside a well.
  • Here begins one of history’s great love stories.
  • He promises Rachel’s father Laban (Jacob’s uncle and future father in law) he will work seven years for her hand in marriage.

THE FRUSTRATED FAMILY MAN – Gen 29:21; 30:24

  • He is deceived on his wedding night by Laban who secretly substitues Leah (Rachel’s older sister) for Leah.
  • Jacob is furious, but agrees to work yet another seven years for Rachel.
  • He now has two wives and would gather yet another two, for both Rachel and Leah present to him their personal handmaids for childbearing purposes.

THESE  FOUR  WOMEN  WOULD  BEAR  JACOB  TWELVE  SONS AND  ONE  DAUGHTER

You can find a great chronology of the birth of Jacob’s children, here, in the Grace Theological Seminary Journal.(12 page pdf). You can also read about the prophecies for the 12 tribes and some other pertinent facts here.

THE ENTERPRISING EMPLOYEE – Gen.30:25

  • Jacob goes into business with Laban and becomes a wealthy man
  • Upon being ordered by God to return home, he breaks camp without telling Laban
  • Laban chases him down and accuses Jacob (among other things) of stealing his household gods
  • Laban and Jacob come to a truce and build a memorial pile of stones

THE DETERMINED WRESTLER – Gen 32:1-33:20

  • Jacob learns that Esau is on his way to meet him with 400 men
  • Filled with fear, Jacob wrestles with God in prayer all night long by the Brook Jabbok.
  • He is reassured by God for this and his name is changed from Jacob to Israel.
  • The ensuing meeting between Israel and Esau is very friendly.

THE  ENRAGED  FATHER – Gen 34:1-31; 35:22; 38:1-30

  • Over the sin of murder, committed by Levi and Simeon                           1) These boys trick a group of desert men (whose leader had seduced Dinah, their sister) into circumcising themselves. (2) On the third day when they are helpless to defend themselves because of their self-inflicted wounds, Jacob’s two sons slaughter them like animals.
  • Over the sin of adultery committed by Reuben (Gen 35:22) Reuben lay with Bilhah, his father’s concubine and all Israel heard of it.
  • Over the sin of adultery, committed by Judah (1)To seek revenge upon Judah,Tamar his daughter-in-law, disguises herself as a common harlot and entices him. Tamar becomes pregnant and Judah orders her death until he finds out who the father of the child really is.

THE OBEDIENT PATRIARCH – Gen 35:1-15

  • Jacob is ordered by God back to Bethel
  • In preparation for this trip, Jacob instructs his household to destroy their idols and prepare their hearts.
  • He builds an altar at Bethel and calls it „El Bethel”–the God of the house of God.

THE SORROWING SAINT – Gen 35:16-20; 37:31-35

  • He loses his beloved wife, Rachel, in childbirth
  • He buries his father Isaac
  • He is led to believe that Joseph has been killed and eaten by a wild beast.

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