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17 Jacob

  1. 1. Jacob 17 KNOWING
  2. 2. - What happened with Isaac? - How the story of God continues?
  3. 3. Genesis 25:19-23 This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.
  4. 4. Genesis 25:19-23 And the LORD said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
  5. 5. - Why did Isaac marry Rebekah? - Whose daughter is she?
  6. 6. Genesis 24:24 So she said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.”
  7. 7. - Were they mixing with the nations around them? - What made them different from the rest of mankind? - Were they holy? (separated)
  8. 8. - Why Isaac had to pray and plead with God? - Was it a coincidence that Rebekah was also barren? or - Was it God’s way to build up Isaac’s faith?
  9. 9. - Who did Rebekah inquire about the struggling in her womb? - What did God prophesy about her children? - Which are these two nations? - Who was stronger?
  10. 10. Genesis 25:24-26 So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
  11. 11. - How long was Rebekah barren? (20 years) - What is the meaning of their names? Esau = Hairy - Jacob = the one that supplants - How were their relations afterward?
  12. 12. Genesis 25:27-28 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
  13. 13. - What makes these twin brothers different? - Did the physical appearance or personal skills make them better or worse? - What made them different?
  14. 14. Genesis 25:29-34 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”
  15. 15. - What kind of contract is Jacob bringing to his brother? - Is the birthright important for Esau? - Who is thinking about the future? - What type of values they embrace? - Did God give importance to this event?
  16. 16. Romans 9:13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
  17. 17. - Why God hated Esau? - Do we understand God’s plan for our life? - Can we reject God without consequences?
  18. 18. Hebrews 12:16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. - Did God know what was going to happen? - Was Esau’s fate already predestined? - Did anyone influence Esau’s decision in selling his birthright? - Did Isaac obey God?
  19. 19. Genesis 26:1-5 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.
  20. 20. Genesis 26:1-5 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
  21. 21. - What is Isaac decision in the face of famine? - What did God tell him? Did the promises of God change? - In whom is God thinking when He is giving the land? - Does God have a plan for the nation of Israel?
  22. 22. Genesis 27:1-10 Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” And he answered him, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death. Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me. And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”
  23. 23. Genesis 27:1-10 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it. So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, ‘Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the LORD before my death.’
  24. 24. Genesis 27:1-10 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you. Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves. Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless you before his death.”
  25. 25. - What is happening here? - Is Rebekah trying to supplant the blessing? - Why did she do it? - Didn’t God revel to her what would happen? - What did Jacob do?
  26. 26. Genesis 27:11-17 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.” But his mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.” And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.
  27. 27. Genesis 27:11-17 Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. Then she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
  28. 28. - Was Jacob afraid of the wrong outcome? - What did his mother say to him? - Did Jacob want the blessing?
  29. 29. Genesis 22:14-19 So he went to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the LORD your God brought it to me.”
  30. 30. Genesis 22:14-19 Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” So Jacob went near to 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 did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. Then he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He said, “I am.”
  31. 31. Genesis 22:14-19 He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, so that my soul may bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near now and kiss me, my son.” And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said: “Surely, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed.
  32. 32. Genesis 22:14-19 Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be those who bless you!”
  33. 33. - How was Rebekah’s character?? - Was she trying to help God in His prophesy? - Was it the right way? - Does God need help? - Was Isaac a man of Faith?
  34. 34. Genesis 27:41-46 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.” And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”
  35. 35. Genesis 27:41-46 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.” When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
  36. 36. Genesis 27:41-46 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”
  37. 37. Genesis 27:41-46 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
  38. 38. - Was Esau aware of his mother intentions?? - Who was deceived? Esau or Isaac? - Is the birthright now important for Esau? - Can we separate the blessing from the birthright? - How did Esau feel after this treachery?
  39. 39. Genesis 27:41-46 So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you.
  40. 40. Genesis 27:41-46 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away, until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?”
  41. 41. Genesis 27:41-46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, like these who are the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”.
  42. 42. - What was the outcome of this act? - Is the murderous feeling among brothers right? - Did Rebekah know what would happen? - How much influence does a mother have on their children? - Was God not able to fulfill His will? - How was Rebekah going to protect his son Jacob?
  43. 43. Genesis 28:1-5 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.
  44. 44. Genesis 28:1-5 “May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples; And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.” So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Padan Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
  45. 45. - Was Isaac instructing his son Jacob to marry one of his cousins? - Did God say not to mix themselves with other nations? - How did Esau respond to Isaac’s demand on Jacob?
  46. 46. Galatians 28:6-9 Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Padan Aram to take himself a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Padan Aram. Also Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please his father Isaac. So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.
  47. 47. - Was Esau trying to make up his marriage to women of Canaan marrying a relative? - Was he trying to please his father marrying a daughter of Ishmael?
  48. 48. - Were Ishmael’s descendants in the genealogy of the promise? - What happened to Jacob in his way to Padam Aram?
  49. 49. Genesis 28:10-17 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
  50. 50. Genesis 28:10-17 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
  51. 51. Genesis 28:10-17 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”.
  52. 52. - What was Jacob understanding of this dream? - What’s the meaning of a stair between earth and heaven? - Was God confirming to Jacob the promise He made to his father and grandfather?
  53. 53. - Did Jacob has faith? - Did he have a righteous character? - Was God determined to finish what He started?
  54. 54. - Why did God allow Jacob’s plans? - Do men have free will? - Why was Jacob afraid when he woke up? - What did Jacob believe?
  55. 55. Genesis 28:20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You”.
  56. 56. - Why did Jacob bargain and set conditions before God? - What is Jacob looking for? Is it material possessions? - What is he offering God? Did God ask for a 10% return? - What was God’s response?
  57. 57. God’s story continues with Jacob going into Laban’s house and falling in love with his younger daughter Raquel. For seven years he works for Laban to get Raquel, but Jacob got deceived and got her older sister Leah instead. Another 7 years he had to work in order to get Raquel. Looks like Jacob is reaping the fruit of his own deception.
  58. 58. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
  59. 59. Nevertheless, Jacob prospered abundantly according to God’s fidelity and after twenty years of service, he escaped from the house of Laban and returned to the land of his father, where he still had to face his brother Esau, whom he feared. Again Jacob seeks God for protection and struggles with Him.
  60. 60. Genesis 32:24-29 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?”
  61. 61. Genesis 32:24-29 He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.
  62. 62. - Who was wrestling with Jacob and why? - Did God agree with Jacob’s ways? - What does the name Israel means? (Prince of God)
  63. 63. - Was Jacob seeking God’s blessing to protect him from his brother’s wrath? - Did God extend His favor to Esau’s heart? - How many children did Jacob have?
  64. 64. Genesis 29:31-35 & 30:1-24
  65. 65. Genesis 29:31-32 When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The LORD has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”
  66. 66. - Why did God choose Leah to be in the genealogy of the Christ? - Could Jacob’s love for Rachel influence the promise of God? - Does God knows what is in our hearts?
  67. 67. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
  68. 68. - Is not God sovereign In His choices? - Could Jacob’s blessing change God’s plan? - What did God see in Leah’s heart? - Why God didn’t choose the firstborn of the children of Jacob?
  69. 69. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
  70. 70. - Why did God choose Jacob? - Was he able or strong? Was he better than his brother? - Is God faithful to His promises? - How did Jacob’s family get along? - What influence had Joseph over his other brothers?
  71. 71. Genesis 37:3-5 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
  72. 72. - Was Joseph’s fault that his father love him more than his brothers? - Did Joseph make up the dream? - Who gave it to him? - What was the dream about?
  73. 73. Genesis 37:9-11 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”. And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
  74. 74. The dreams of greatness of Joseph and the envy of his brothers drove them to sell him as a slave. (thanks to Judah, otherwise he would have been killed) He was taken to Egypt where he served Potiphar and after being betrayed, he end up in jail. It seems as reality was against all he dreamed.
  75. 75. But then, Joseph’s interpretation to Pharaoh's dream made him the most powerful man on earth, after the Pharaoh, during the seven years of famine he predicted in his dream. Jacob and his family were forced to buy food from Egypt and they got reunited and lived in the land of Goshen. Then Jacob blessed his sons and grandsons and died.
  76. 76. WHAT DID WE LEARN TODAY? - God looks at the heart of men and is Sovereign in His decisions. - God is faithful to His promises and fulfills them regardless of our deficiencies. - Sooner or Later, we will surely reap what we have sown - The seed of the promise is the stair that connects heaven and earth in Jacob’s dream. - Israel has been blessed with abundance and with being part of the genealogy of the promise. Share your own comment …
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