JACOB’S LADDER – JACOB’S DECEPTION – GOD’S LOVE – GOD’S HATRED

“My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.”

Genesis 27:12 KJV

As we read this verse, we see that Jacob is telling his mother, Rebekah, that his father will know who he is even though he cannot see. Jacob protested that his father would recognize the deception and curse him. Rebekah said that the curse would be on her instead. Before she sent Jacob to his father, she dressed him in Esau‘s garments and laid goatskins on his arms and neck to simulate hairy skin. Thus disguised, Jacob entered his father’s room. Surprised to perceive that Esau was back so soon, Isaac asked how it could be that the hunt went so quickly. Jacob responded, “Because the Lord your God arranged it for me.”  This made Isaac confused and his suspicions were aroused.  The bible says, “And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him. And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.” Genesis 27:21-24 KJV  Esau was heartbroken by the deception, and begged for his own blessing. He vowed to himself to kill Jacob as soon as Isaac died because of the hatred toward Jacob for taking away both his birthright and his blessing. After the DECEPTION, both took off in different places, Jacob left in a hurry because his mom told him of Esau’s vow to kill him, and sent him to Haran. And Esau left to be the Ruler of the land of Edom. Nearby Luz en route to Haran, Jacob experienced a vision of a ladder or staircase reaching into heaven with angels going up and down it, commonly called “Jacob’s Ladder.”  From the top of the ladder he heard the voice of God, who repeated many of the blessings upon him. “This ladder signified the exiles that the Jewish people would suffer before the coming of the Jewish Messiah: the angels that represented the exiles of Babylonia, Persia, and Greece each climbed up a certain number of steps, paralleling the years of the exile, before they fell down; but the angel representing the last exile, that of Rome or Edom, kept climbing higher and higher into the clouds.”  Jacob feared that his children would never be free of Esau’s domination, but God assured him that at the End of Days, Edom too would come falling down. Jacob awakened, and continued on his way to Haran in the morning, naming the place Bethel, “God’s house”. In the eyes of most people, Jacob’s brother Esau was the greater man of the two. Through the years he had accumulated immense wealth and power. He was the ruler of the land of Edom and could have met Pharaoh on his own terms. Yet Esau, with all his earthly authority, could not have blessed Pharaoh, only Jacob had that power. The bible says, “And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.” Genesis 47:9-10 KJV  In Genesis, it seems that almost every person and family mentioned is dysfunctional. We seem to use some things more than others—our mouths more than our ears, our stomachs more than our minds. We also seem to use the phrase “It’s so unfair!” Grudges can also create a cold, icy environment in churches, and this often keeps people away. A lot of pretending goes on in our churches today. Some people put on a false front. Some use the right “Christian” words, some attend church almost every Sunday, and some even pray before meals. They even pretend they “have it all together” in order to gain the approval of others. But inside they’re struggling with brokenness, guilt, doubt, or an addiction or other persistent sin. God placed us in a body of believers to support one another to admit that we are not perfect. Was God unfair to love Jacob and hate Esau? Why was Esau undeserving of God’s love? These are valid questions that are difficult to answer or explain. But have we considered a more basic question: Has anyone ever been deserving of God’s love? God is perfect, and even in our best moments we still struggle with sin. Dare we think we are anything but undeserving? We do not know why God chose to love Jacob. But we do know that none of us deserves God’s love. Do you know why ? Because He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins so we could have eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger


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