Rejoice in The Lord always; again I will say, rejoice
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is The Will of God in Christ Jesus for you, Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
We recently shared the look on a face in joy and anguish. Both DEEP emotions!
Extreme I would say.
Ever make you wonder? It is just a look! Okay, so a ‘look’ enveloping occurences! What is passion?
Ever been told “You are like your parents.”?
Really? Why would anyone EVER say that! Is there an underlying clause? Yes indeed!
We have learned, heard and know where we came from! The mating of a spermatazoa and an ovum. This is grossly simplifying it!
So, we have a vague idea, Not quite yet though!
Normal human sperm densities range from 15 million to greater than 200 million sperm per milliliter of semen. You are considered to have a low sperm count if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter or less than 39 million sperm total per ejaculate.
Ok, pause! Did you get that? 15,000,000 – 200,000,000 sperm? Gets even more complex!
In all, a healthy female body will release these eggsover a period of 30 or so years. In exceptional cases, 2 eggs may be released at one cycle, that is how twins are born. During each cycle, one egg is released from the ovaries. It waits in the Fallopian tubes for fertilization by a sperm.
This, blows my mind! At conception you were numbered as you are now in The world population! You are you, an individual. Think on this! Have you ever had to ‘go’ either #1 or #2 at exactly the same time as another? In this case, if you are a twin; do you have to go simultaneously? Rather than go on in a ridiculous fashion; were you as a twin delivered at the same time?
For a brief moment, twins have always been!
How do I know? His-story! If we peek in The Bible, According to the Hebrew Bible, Esau is the progenitor of the Edomites and the elder brother of Jacob, the patriarch of the Israelites. Esau and Jacob were the sons of Isaac and Rebekah, and the grandsons of Abraham and Sarah. Of the twins, Esau was the first to be born with Jacob following, holding his heel.
We started off this ‘brief’ share with the title “Makes you think.” Think on! So, of the millions of Spermatazoa there were two ova. Why do I say this? They were fraternal twins!
Ok, now we return to chance! We read exactly what occurred. Jacob obtained the birthright for a bowl of pottage!
Again, I state “Makes you think!” Complex as it seems, all happened for a reason! The description of the midwife of Jacob holding Esau’s heel! A weird thing to notice in the excitement of childbirth! But it was noted.
Wht did we stress fraternal twins? And right after we pointed to a reason for being here! We have in the recent past discussed this ad nauseam! So, in this case we note that what happened occured for a reason!
I in no way am saying, hinting or suggesting that what occured was right/correct/legal or God loving!
Jacob Pretends To Be Esau!
In cooperating with the scheme, Jacob was only obeying his mother, but he could have refused and suggested that they just face the situation honestly and confront Isaac. But once Jacob put on Esau’s clothes and took the savory meal in his hands, the die was cast and he had to play the part successfully. See how one lie led to another, for deception can be defended only by more deception. Jacob was weaving the tangled web.
He Lied About His Name
This whole episode is riddled with lies and deceit. It is unthinkable, as some have suggested, that this was ordered by God so that the blessing of Abraham would pass on to Jacob instead of Esau. Rebekah didn’t have to use lies and deception to obtain God’s blessing.
The Lord had promised the greater blessing to the younger of the twins, and God would have gotten it to Jacob somehow. God’s blessing came on Jacob later, as recorded in Genesis 28:10-15.
Did Isaac ask for identification because he was hard of hearing?
Probably not (v. 22); it’s likely he was starting to get suspicious because he didn’t expect Esau to return so quickly from the hunt (v. 20). Furthermore, the voice he heard didn’t sound like the voice of Esau.
This instance teaches great lessons about the power of a blessing, but we should never seek to imitate Rebekah and Jacob’s actions. We can’t use the devil’s methods to obtain God’s results.
He Lied About The Food And The Lord
. . He not only lied about himself, but he also lied about the Lord! To use the Lord to cover up sin is a step toward blasphemy., and
The lies and deceptions Jacob so successfully employed here show that he was not a man of great character at this time. He lied without conscience. He even invoked the Lord in his lie.
He Lied Again About His Identity And About His Love
Unwilling to trust his ears, Isaac felt Jacob’s hands and mistook goatskin for human hair, and . How tragic it is to see a son so dishonor his father! After Isaac had eaten the meal, he asked Jacob to kiss him, and , for it was hypocritical (Luke 22:48).
Judas comes to mind. A kiss of betrayal. Greed at the heart of it lies all around it.
How could you, Jacob?
How could Jacob claim to love his father when he was in the act of deceiving him?
More to the point, how could you, Rebecca?
You used your son to betray your husband. Only a wife would know how best to deceive the man who loved her, confusing his senses so thoroughly he made the wrong son his heir. Well, wrong from Isaac’s point of view, quite right from Rebecca’s.
Since the smell of the garments finally convinced Isaac that Esau was there, the stage was now set for the giving of the blessing.
Isaac blessed Jacob with natural and material wealth, so important to people who belong to the land, but he added political authority with reference to his own people and other nations. Isaac reaffirmed the word God gave about the boys (25:23), and in using plural nouns (“brothers” and “sons”), he looked beyond Jacob’s day to the time when Abraham’s seed would multiply. During the reigns of David and Solomon, other nations were subjected to the rule of Israel. He assured him not only of God’s blessing, but also of God’s protection, and he quoted the Lord’s original promise to Abraham (12:3).
The deed was done. Isaac couldn’t revoke the blessing, and nobody in the family could alter the consequences.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
The Lord is ever with me to bless me. He gives me abundance in every area of my life. Those who curse me curse only themselves and those who bless me are blessed with God’s own endowment of abundance.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’s name!
We could spend significantly more time on this, but we must move on! The last point above was the religious impropriety of Jacob and his mother Rebekah who did not have to utilize nd deception. Again, I state that what is meant to be is!
This is a cup filled with water! Stand straight, walk steady and attempt not to spill the contents of the cup.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflow
That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
To scoot this along, what is s meant to be is. Think on this! How did a ‘smart’ younger brother, recieve the birthright, the blessings and still be right with God?
We fast forward through Jacob’s leaving his father’s home; on his journey he slept and ‘dreamt’ of amazing things
But, hold on! What is Israel? We may have overlooked the “wrestling match” that Jacob had with something that had the ability to touch him and end his life, or maim him. But, the fight focuses in on so many of our lives, issues, challenges, problems…If you end up emotionally/physically ‘disabled’; you are a spiritual warrior! Blessed and complete!
Jacob wrestling with the angel is an episode from Genesis. The account includes the renaming of Jacob as Israel. The “angel” in question is referred to as “man” in Genesis, while Hosea references an “angel”, but the episode is also often referenced as Jacob’s “wrestling with God”.
God/angel/problems/barriers….? I laugh! God made ALL is in all! Angel, Essence of God?! Does it really matter.
Up above we pointed to Jacob not doing right until…and then was made right! Think on this: if The Creator ‘Speaks’ it is done! God ‘spoke’ the seen as well as the unseen into existence!!!
So, in this case, if Jacob soon to be called Israel had strayed. The Nation of Israel would be descended from someoneelse!
He was born for a reason and though he nearly through that awat, he was steered back where he encountered what would keep him on his path!