Deception For A Blessing: Dressed Like Someone Else & Bringing An Imitation of the Real Thing

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of beginnings—the book of Genesis—which was written and recorded by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage begins with the forty-first verse of the twenty-seventh chapter and continues through to the final verse of the thirtieth chapter. THE INCREASE AND PROSPERITY OF JACOB! A STOLEN BLESSING! HATRED OF A BROTHER! THE FLEEING OF JACOB! (SOMETIMES IT’S NOT THE LIVING GOD WHO MOVES US FORTH FROM A PLACE, BUT A CIRCUMSTANCE) (SOMETIMES IT’S NOT GOD THAT MOVES US ON BUT RATHER FEAR, TERROR AND EVEN DREAD)! A CHARGE CONCERNING MARRIAGE! (THE COMMAND GIVEN UNTO ISAAC NOT TO MARRY WITHIN CANAAN! THE COMMAND GIVEN UNTO JACOB NOT TO MARRY WITHIN CANAAN!) THE HOUSE OF GOD AND THE APPEARANCE OF GOD! BROUGHT INTO THE COMPANY OF BRETHREN! JACOB MEETS RACHEL! A TALE OF FOUR WIVES! BARRENNESS AND REPROACH! BUILD A HOUST AND PREPARING A NATION! AND ESAU HATED JACOB BECAUSE OF THE BLESSING! CAIN HATED BECAUSE OF THE OFFERING & ESAU HATED BECAUSE OF THE BLESSING! VIOLENCE BEFORE THE ALTAR & UNDER AN OPEN HEAVEN! (LOT AND ABRAHAM SEPARATED! HAGAR & ISHMAEL WERE SENT AWAY! ABRAHAM’S SONS AND CONCUBINES WERE SENT AWAY! JACOB WAS SENT AWAY!) FLEEING FROM VIOLENCE & FINDING A WIFE! ISAAC SENT AWAY JACOB! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find Moses continuing the account and narrative of Jacob and his brother Esau, however, the narrative continues in a way and a manner in which you perhaps wouldn’t expect. As you begin reading the words which are found within the final section of the twenty-eighth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find Moses describing how Esau hated his brother Jacob because of the blessing. Pause for a moment and consider those words and the tremendous implication they have on this narrative. You will recall in a previous chapter that when Esau came out of the field from hunting he was famished and asked Jacob for a bowl of his stew. The price of the stew was the birthright as the firstborn, and Jacob asked Esau to swear to him that he would give him his birthright. The account goes on to describe—not only how Esau sold Jacob his birthright, but also how he had in fact despised his birthright. The account of Jacob and Esau doesn’t begin in this chapter with Jacob essentially stepping in the path of the blessing of his father, but with him obtaining the birthright which according to tradition should have belonged to the elder brother. By the time we come to the twenty eighth chapter of the book of Genesis we encounter and come face to face with the tremendous reality that Jacob had already obtained the birthright from his older brother Esau, and now we find Jacob stepping in the way and stepping in the path of the blessing of the father. We dare not miss and dare not lose sight of this incredibly significant reality, for to do so would be to miss what truly takes place within this chapter.

STEPPING IN THE PATH OF BLESSING & OBTAINING THE BIRTHRIGHT! It’s quite interesting and unique to think about and consider the fact that the account of Jacob and the path toward his becoming the man the living God created and intended him to be does not begin in a way and manner in which you would expect. When you read the account of Jacob and Esau you will find that that which set Jacob in the path to become the man the living God intended and designed him to be began within his fathers house as not only do we read of him stepping in the path of the birthright which by right belonged to his brother, but we also find him stepping in the path of the blessing of the father. The opening portion of the twenty eighth chapter describes how Jacob would deceive his father Isaac and would lead him to believe that he was in fact his brother Esau. It’s actually intriguing to think about the fact that in order for Jacob to lay hold of and obtain the blessing which was reserved for his brother—not only did he need to lie to and deceive his father, but he also needed to pretend to be someone else. Oh I can’t help but wonder how many times we as the people and children of God—in order to receive a blessing from the Father—feel as though we have to clothe ourselves in our brothers garments and clothing. How many of us have entered into the Father’s house and have Desiree that the Father bless us, and in order to somehow receive the blessing of the Father we clothe ourselves in the garments of our brothers and sisters. What’s more, is that not only do we clothe ourselves in the garments of our brothers, but we also pretend we are something else other than what we truly are. Even more than this we feel the great need to pretend to be someone we are not for we feel the only way to obtain the blessing of the Father is to dress ourselves up in His presence and pretend to be someone else. I realize these words and this reality might not seem like they make much sense and have no application for you in and within this life, and yet the truth of the matter is that there are men and women who have entered into the house of the Lord and have not only clothed themselves in the garments of their brothers, but they also pretend they are someone and something else besides who they were and who they were created to be. Oh that we would truly recognize and come to terms with this reality, for I am completely and utterly convinced that there are men and women among us I NBC the house of the Lord who may very well enter into the house of the Lord week after week and pretend to be someone and something they are not, for they feel the only way for them to receive anything of the Father is through lying, deception and pretending.

LYING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER! DECEIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER! PRETENDING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER! What so intrigues me about the account of Jacob is that not only did he enter into his fathers tent and presence pretending to be someone else, but he also lies to his father when he was asked his name. Pay close and careful attention to this fact, for it is this fact that will bring us face to face with a reality that would be expressed later on in the life of Jacob. As a spoiler alert you will find that when he was in the presence of his father and when he was asked who he was he did not state his true name and reveal his true identity, but rather he lied and declared that he was someone else. When Jacob meets Rachel the daughter of Laban the brother of his mother, he reveals himself as Jacob, for it was necessary to reveal how the living God had brought him unto his own kindred and his own brethren. This is rather unique and remarkable when you think about and consider it, for in the generation of his father Isaac the living God brought the servant of Abraham unto the kindred and brethren of his master, and it would be there where he would find Rebekah who would not only be the wife of Isaac, but who would also be the mother of Jacob and Esau who would each become a nation within the earth. As a secondary spoiler alert there was another point and place at the Jabok River where Jacob would an encounter the angel of the Lord and would wrestle with the angel throughout the night. When the angel asked him who he was and what his name was, he responded by declaring his true nature and identity, for he revealed himself as Jacob. When, however, we find and read of Jacob in the house and tent of his father Isaac we find that when he was asked who he was and what his name was he responded by declaring that he was his brother Esau. When in the presence of his father—not only did Jacob lie to his father in order to step into the path of blessing, but Jacob also deceived his father by pretending to be someone he wasn’t. Oh I am convinced that this reality and truth must strike at the very heart of countless men and women in this generation who enter into the house of the Lord, for there are countless men and women who perhaps feel they are not good enough in and of themselves in order that they might receive a blessing from the Father. There are men and women among us in this generation who enter into the house and presence of the Lord and who aren’t at all confident in who they are and who they have been created to be, and as a direct result they enter into the house and presence of the Father and pretend to be someone they are not—even someone they were never created or intended to be. What we must recognize and understand concerning Jacob is that when he entered into the presence of the father he lied and pretended to be someone he was not, and even pretended to be someone he was never intended to be. It is true that Jacob would be master over his brother, and it was true that the elder would serve the younger, however, when it came to the blessing of the father Jacob did not enter into his presence as himself, but rather as a false image of who he was. When Jacob enters into the house and presence of his father he not only dresses differently, and he not only smells differently, but he also feels different because of the goat hair his mother put on him. What’s more, is to add to all of this Jacob would even lie and declare himself to be Esau when we know that his true identity is Jacob the younger son of his father.

LYING TO OBTAIN A BLESSING! PRETENDING TO RECEIVE A BLESSING! I happen to find the narrative of Jacob in his father’s house before he would depart and journey unto Padan-Aran where his kindred and brethren were to take for himself a wife an absolutely incredible one for several different reasons. The narrative of Jacob begins with him grasping the heel of his brother when they came out of the womb of their mother, and as the story progresses you will find that later on in life Jacob would step in front of his brother as he would obtain the birthright of his brother who had despised and showed no respect unto it. Once Jacob had the birthright of his older brother there would come a point in time when his mother would instruct and encourage him to enter into his father’s presence in order that he might receive the blessing of his father instead of and in place of his older brother Esau. What makes this even more intriguing is that this deception of the father wasn’t merely Jacob’s deception, for his mother also played a part and a role in the process. In fact, we might very well say that Rebekah was instrumental in assisting with this deception of the father, as it was her idea and suggesting that set Jacob on this path of entering into his father’s tent, pretending to be someone else, dressed in the garments of another, dressed in a false appearance of someone else, and even lying about who he truly and really was. If you read the account of Jacob and Esau you will find that the account of Jacob stepping in the path of the blessing begins with his mother instructing him to enter into his father’s presence instead of and in place of his elder brother Esau in order that he might receive the blessing in his place. This reality goes back even further than simply this particular event, for if you journey back to the beginning of this narrative of these two brothers you will find that Jacob favored and perhaps even loved Esau more than his younger son Jacob, and how Rebekah loved Jacob. Right from the get go there seems to be this disparity between the two brothers, and even a certain amount of dysfunction in the house of Isaac, as one child was favored above the other by one parent, and another child was favored above the other by the parent. It was this love which Rebekah had for her younger son Jacob that caused her to incite him to enter into the house and presence of his father and pretend to be someone he wasn’t. What’s more, is that when Jacob entered into the tent and presence of his father he brought him what he knew the father would delight and take great pleasure in, however, it was not of his own doing for his mother made that which would please and delight the father. Oh how absolutely intriguing this reality truly is when you take the time to think about it, for Isaac initially asked that Esau hunt venison for him and make him a particular dish he enjoyed, and as and after he partook of that dish he would bless his eldest son. Make no mistake about this reality of bringing into the presence of the father that which the father delighted in and took great pleasure in, for not only did Jacob enter into the presence of the father and pretend to be someone he wasn’t, but he also brought into the presence of the father that which the father delighted in—although he himself could take absolutely no credit for what was brought into the presence of the father.

As I sit here this morning and think about the account of Jacob entering into the presence of his father I can’t help but be gripped and captivated by the fact that not only did he bring into the presence of his father that which his father would take great delight and pleasure in—despite the fact that he could take no credit for it—but Jacob also lied and pretended to be someone he was not. This particular reality strikes at the very heart of what I believe a number of men and women engage themselves in when they enter into the house of the Lord, for there are men and women who enter into the house and presence of the Lord week in and week out and may bring that which they know the Father delights in, and yet it is not even something they themselves worked for and created, but rather something that was produced and manufactured by someone else. This is actually something else we must recognize and understand, for I believe with everything inside me that there are men and women who enter into the house of the Lord and who may very well bring into the presence of the Father that which they think and that which they feel the Father can and will delight and take great pleasure in, however, it is not something they have worked for, but rather it is something that was manufactured and produced by someone else. Oh how many men and women enter into the house of the Lord week in and week out, and what they bring into the presence and sight of the Father is something that was manufactured and produced by someone else. Oh, there are men and women in this life and in this generation who enter into the house and presence of the Lord and rather than bringing into his presence that which they themselves have worked for and created, they have brought into His presence that was manufactured and put together by someone else. Oh how many men and women there are in this generation and even in generations past who have entered into the house and presence of the Lord, and that which they bring into the sight and presence of the living God might very well be something they know the Father will delight in, however, it is not something they have created and brought forth themselves. Much like David declared unto Ornan that he would and could not offer unto the living God that which cost him nothing but insisted on purchasing the threshing floor, the oxen and the instruments used for the sacrifice which would be offered up before the living God. Oh how many times does what we offer and bring into the sight and presence of the living resemble nothing more than that which was produced, packaged and manufactured by someone else, and the only reason we bring it into the sight and presence of the living God is because we know what the Father delights and takes pleasure in. Jacob brought into the presence of his father Isaac the savory meat which he knew his father delighted in, however, Jacob could not take credit for catching the meat which would be used for the dish, nor could he even take credit for putting the dish together. In all reality, that which Jacob brought into the house and presence of his father was something that was put together by another, and was not even something he could take credit for.

The more I think about the account of Jacob and Esau and how Jacob entered into the house and presence of his father lying and pretending to be someone he wasn’t, the more I can’t help but be drawn to and captivated by the reality that not only did he lie and pretend to be someone he wasn’t, but he also brought into the presence of the father that which he knew would bring his father great delight and great pleasure, yet it wasn’t something he himself had any part in creating and putting together. The only thing Jacob did as it pertains to this dish his father enjoyed was bringing it into the presence of his father and presenting it as that which his father enjoyed. What’s even more unique about this is that when you read the account of the exchange which took place between Isaac and Esau you will find that Isaac instructed Esau to take his weapons, his quiver, and his bow, and go out into the field, and take some venison, and make him some savory meat, such as he loved, and bring it unto him that he may eat and that his soul might bless him before he died. When you read of that which Rebekah instructed her son Jacob she instructed him to go to the flock, and fetch her two good kids of the goats in order that she might make the savory meat for his father, which he loved in order that he might eat and bless him before his death. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this particular reality, for when Isaac spoke unto his son Esau he asked for something very specific—namely, venison from the field. When and as you read the words and exchange which took place between Rebekah and Jacob you will find Rebekah instructing Jacob to fetch two goats in order that she might make the savory meat Isaac enjoyed. While on the surface this might not seem like anything worth considering, or even mentioning, I would dare say that this is something incredibly unique and something that is worth considering. If and as you read the words which are found within this passage you will find that that which was brought into the presence of Isaac was in fact savory meat, however, it was actually something different than that which he had asked for. Isaac had asked for venison to be used in the savory meat his soul loved, and yet what was brought unto him was savory meat made from the meat of lambs or goats. Scripture isn’t clear whether or not this savory meat was made using goat meat before, however, I can’t help but get the strong impression when reading the words which are found within this passage that what was brought into the presence of the father might very well have smelt like that which he loved, and might even have tasted like that which the father loved, however, it was not that which the father asked for. BRINGING INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER THAT WHICH HE DID NOT ASK FOR! Oh, how many times have we entered into the house and presence of the Father and have brought Him that which might smell like what He desires and what His soul and heart loves, and we might bring that which might even taste like that which the Father delights in, and yet what we are bringing into His presence is nothing more than an imitation of that which He truly delights and takes pleasure in.

PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE WE’RE NOT! LYING TO RECEIVE A BLESSING! DRESSING IN THE GARMENTS OF OUR BROTHER! BRINGING AN IMITATION OF THAT WHICH THE FATHER DELIGHTS AND TAKES PLEASURE IN! The account of Jacob entering into the tent and presence of his father is absolutely astounding and remarkable, for we find Jacob clothing himself in the garments of his brother in order that he might pretend that he was indeed and was in fact his brother. What’s more, is that we find Jacob bringing into the presence of his father an imitation of that which he delighted and took pleasure in—that which was in fact produced and manufactured by another. Oh I firmly believe there are a number of men and women who have entered into the house of the Lord and who have done so—not only bringing into the presence of the Father that which was produced and manufactured by another, but also that which is nothing more than a cheap imitation of what the Father delights and takes great pleasure in. With this being said, I can’t help but wonder how many of us have entered into the presence of our Father and have brought into His presence that which was packaged, that which was prepared, and that which was manufactured by another, and yet it was not something that came from ourselves. This might be true of the songs we sing, and even the prayers we pray, as instead of singing songs from our heart and offering up prayers from our heart we offer that which was produced and manufactured by another. What’s more is that we must carefully consider that it is possible that some of the songs we sing in the house and presence of the Father is nothing more than the worship of another, and is nothing more than that which has been produced and manufactured by another, and as a direct result it is nothing more than a cheap imitation of that which the Father delights and takes pleasure in. I firmly believe that it is possible that we can enter into the house and presence of the Lord and sing some of the songs we in fact sing in the presence of the Father, and while on the surface it might seem and appear like this is actually something the Father delights and takes pleasure in, it is actually a cheap imitation of that which the Father truly delights and takes pleasure in. There are men and women who each and every week enter into the house and presence of the Father and offer before and unto Him that which they think and that which they believe He will delight and take pleasure in, and yet what they are bringing into his presence is nothing more than a false and cheap imitation which is nothing more than offering unto Him that which cost them nothing. What Jacob brought into the presence of the father was not something that had required any sweat or labor on his part, and what Jacob brought into the house and presence of the father was not even something he could take credit for putting together. The only thing Jacob did was bring the dish which his mother had prepared for the father in order that he might eat of the dish and be satisfied.

THE BLESSING OF A SATISFIED FATHER! There is this underlying current found within this narrative and passage that the blessing of Isaac would come from a place of being satisfied, and even from a place of being full, as he would partake of the savory meat and be satisfied with and by it. Please recognize and understand this particular reality, for there is this concept of the father being satisfied with what was brought unto Him and what was brought into His presence, and it is from that place of being satisfied and being pleased the father would bless the son. When we read the words and account of Jacob entering into the presence of his father we find him bringing into his presence that which was prepared by someone else in order that as a result of him eating it he would be satisfied, and from that place of being satisfied he would bless his son. .Oh there is this is strong current of the satisfaction of the father found within this particular narrative and passage, and we must carefully consider and recognize it, for more often than not it is from a place of being satisfied that the Father blesses us. The truth of the matter is that there is one thing that has truly satisfied the Father fully and completely, and that was and is His one and only begotten Son Jesus the Christ. It is the eternal Son of the living God that has fully satisfied and does fully satisfy the Father, and it is from this place of being satisfied the Father does in fact bless us. Even when we read the words which the apostle Paul wrote concerning the Heavenly Father blessing us with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places, we must recognize that this blessing comes from and through Jesus Christ, for we are blessed in heavenly places by and through Jesus the Christ. The truth of the matter is that there are countless times when we enter into the house and presence of the Lord and bring Him that which we think can and wills satisfy Him in order that from that place of satisfaction He might bless us with a blessing from heaven. Jacob brought the savory meat which his mother had prepared for him in order that he might eat and be satisfied, and from that place of being satisfied he would in turn bless Jacob instead of Esau. Oh how I can’t help but get the strong sense that there are many of us in the house of God today who enter into His presence and bring that which we think and believe can and will satisfy Him in hopes that from that place of His soul and His heart being satisfied He might bless us. Much like the prayer of Jabez which cries out before and unto the living God that He might bless us indeed and enlarge our territory we enter into the presence of the Father with this give me and bless me mindset and attitude.

When Jacob entered into the house and presence of the father he did so clothed as someone else and bringing an imitation of that which his father delighted in in order that his father might bless him and bless him indeed. I have to admit that I am incredibly challenged by what I read within this passage, for how many times have I entered into the house and presence of the living pretending to be someone I am not thinking that if I pretend to be someone else I might receive and obtain a blessing from the Father? How many times have I entered into the house and presence of the Lord bringing an in imitation of that which the Father truly delights and takes pleasure in with the hopes that the Father will be satisfied and bless me in this life? How many times have I entered into the house and presence of the Lord and have brought that which was produced and manufactured by someone else, and have thought and believed that bringing this into his presence can and will satisfy Him in order that He might bless me? Oh there is an incredible challenge that is found within this passage concerning how we enter into the presence of the father, and whether or not we are truly willing to be ourselves in the presence of the father, or whether or not we will seek to pretend we are someone else. When Jacob entered into the presence of his father—not only did he pretend to be someone else, but he was also clothed in the garments of another, and brought into the presence of the father that which was an imitation of what he delighted and took pleasure in. What’s more is that all this centered around and upon the concept of blessing, for Rebekah desired that her younger son Jacob receive the blessing of the father instead of and in the place of Esau the elder brother. Thus, not only would Jacob have the birthright of the elder brother, but so also would Jacob have the blessing of the father to accompany that birthright. How absolutely incredible and intriguing it is to think about the fact that this whole narrative centered around the reality of Jacob entering into the presence of his father pretending to be someone he wasn’t, and even bringing that which was produced and manufactured by someone else in order that it might satisfy the father that from that place of satisfaction he might bless him. Oh please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this reality, for I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are men and women among us in the house of the Lord today who enter into the house of the Lord pretending to be someone they are not, and who think that by bringing something that was produced and manufactured by someone else they can and will please the Father. What’s more, is they think and believe that the Father will in turn please and bless them and they will enjoy the blessing of the Father moving forward in life. The question we must ask ourselves is who are trying to be when we enter into the house and presence of the Lord and what are we bringing into the presence of the Father when we enter into it. Are we seeking to be ourselves in the presence of the Lord, or are we seeking to be someone else in the presence of the Lord? Are we bringing that which cost us something and that which came from ourselves when we enter into the presence of the Father, or are we bringing into His presence that which has been produced, packaged and manufactured by someone else.

If you continue reading the words found within this passage of Scripture you will find that when Esau realized and recognized that had been done and that his younger brother Jacob had received and obtained the blessing of the father in his place he hated him. What’s more, is that as you read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture you will that not only did Esau hate, and not only did Esau hate Jacob, but Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. Notice that Esau didn’t hate Jacob because he pretended to be someone he wasn’t, and he didn’t hate Jacob because Jacob brought into the presence of the father that which he himself was going to bring. The sole reason Esau hated Jacob was because of the blessing wherewith his brother had been blessed by the father. Oh, I believe that this reality is in and of itself an absolutely astounding and remarkable reality within many of our churches, for there are brothers and sisters who hate and despise their brethren because of the blessing wherewith the Father hath blessed them. Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing which his father had blessed him, for when he came into the presence of the father the father didn’t have a blessing for him, which he desired. This is actually quite interesting, for we find and read that Esau despised the birthright and showed no regard for it, however, when it came to the blessing of the father Esau very much cherished the blessing of the father, In fact, I would dare say that Esau might very well have desired the blessing of the father and when he realized that he no longer had the blessing of the father, he hated and despised his brother. What makes this even more interesting is when you consider the fact that not only did Esau hate his brother Jacob because of the blessing which his father had blessed him, but Esau also sought to kill his brother because of this blessing. This reality is quite remarkable when you consider it in light of Cain and Abel, for within the narrative of the first two brothers within and upon the earth we find that Cain abhorred, despised and even hated his brother because of the offering and worship he brought before the Lord which was accepted, received and regarded above and instead of his. The account actually reveals how Cain brought of the fruit of the ground and of the fruit of the earth, but how Abel brought of the first of his flock before and unto the Lord. It’s interesting that within this book of beginnings we find one elder brother rising up against his younger brother and putting him to death because his offering and worship was regarded and accepted by the Lord instead of and before his, and we find another elder brother hating and abhorring his younger brother and seeking to kill him because of the blessing. Thus these two accounts of hatred and violence center around the reality and concept of blessing and worship, for Jacob was blessed instead of Esau, and Abel’s offering and sacrifice was accepted and regarded instead of Cain.

What makes all this even more intriguing is when you consider and think about the fact that it wasn’t the presence of the Lord, nor was it the command of the Lord that caused Jacob to leave the presence of his father, nor even the presence of his mother. When and as you read the words which are found within this passage you will find that when Jacob left and fled from the house and presence of his father and mother he did so because he was fleeing for his life. Rebekah was made aware of the desire and intention of his brother Esau, and unwilling to allow her younger son—possibly both her sons—to perish in a single day, she instructed Jacob to leave and flee from the presence of their father and to journey unto Laban her brother within Haran in order that he might escape the wrath, the hatred and anger of Esau. This is quite unique when you take the time to think about it, for we have been led to believe that it is always the voice and presence of the Lord that moves us from place to place, and yet the truth of the matter is that there are times when it is not the presence and voice of the Lord that moves us from place to place, but rather circumstances. If you read the account of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob you will find that there were times when it was the voice of the Lord which moved these men from where they were to where they were going, but there were other times when it was circumstances which led these men to journey from where they were to a different place. It was two different famines which caused Abraham to depart from the land of Canaan and journey unto the land of Egypt, as well as the land of the Philistines, and it was famine which caused Isaac to journey from the land of Canaan unto the land of the Philistines. In the life of Jacob, however, it wasn’t famine which drove him from the land of Canaan, for it was actually the hatred and murderous intention of his brother that thrust him from his father’s house and from the land of Canaan and would bring him unto Haran and unto Laban which was his mother’s brother. What’s more, is the sole purpose and reason for Jacob leaving and fleeing from the house of his father and from the land of promise and blessing was because of the hatred of his brother, and because of the murderous threat and desire of his brother toward and against him. Oh, there are times within our lives when it is not necessarily the voice of the living God that brings us forth from where we are and brings us into a new place, but rather it is circumstances themselves which thrust us forth from where we are—and even from the place of promise and blessing. There are times in our lives when it is not the voice and presence of the Lord which moves us forth from where we are to where we end up, for it is circumstances in this life that force us to flee in order to preserve our lives. Abraham went down unto the land of Egypt, and even unto the land of the Philistines to preserve his life and the life of all those who were with him, and Isaac went down unto the land of the Philistines in order that he might preserve himself and the life of his wife and all those who were with him. When Jacob left the land of Canaan and left the house of his father, he did so to preserve his own life as his brother was seeking to kill him. It’s incredible interesting to think about and consider the fact that all of this centered around, and all this centered upon the reality and concept of blessing, for Scripture reveals that Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing which their father had blessed him.

What’s so captivating about this passage is that despite the fact that Esau fled for his life from the murderous threats and desire of his brother, it would be in and from that place of fleeing that he would he would experience and encounter the voice and presence of the living God who would appear to him by night in a dream. It would be from this place of fleeing that Jacob would see a vision in the night of a ladder set up on the earth, whose top reached heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Above the ladder stood the Lord who declared unto him that He was the Lord God os Abraham and of Isaac, and that the land wherein he lied He would give it unto him, and unto his seed, and his seed would be as the dust of the earth. What’s more, is that the Lord declared unto Jacob that he would be with him, and that he would keep him in all the places he would go, and would even bring him again into the land of Canaan, for he would not leave him until he did for him that He had spoken. When Jacob awakened out of his sleep he called the place where he had seen the Lord “Beth-el,” which literally means “The house of the Lord.” Even more than this, we find Jacob vowing a vow and declaring in the sight and presence of the living God that if He would be with Him, and would in fact keep him in the way that he went, and would give him bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that he would come again to his father’s house in peace, then the Lord would be his God. Everything we find and everything we read after this is the narrative of the Lord beginning to bless and establish Jacob in the earth, for through a series of events he would end up marrying both daughters of Laban and being given each of their handmaids as wives. It would unto these women that sons and a daughter would be born unto Jacob, and it would be through the birth of these sons that the Lord would begin to build a house in the earth—a house that would eventually and ultimately be a nation in the earth. What would begin with one man would eventually be transformed into a house which would at its height reach upwards of seventy souls. If you read ahead in the book of Genesis you will find that the number of souls that would journey down to Egypt would be seventy souls, and that would include Jacob, each of his sons, their wives and their children. What we find and read in these chapters is not only the Lord building a house, but also blessing Jacob, for we find how the Lord would bless Jacob and make him great in the earth with many blessings, with much cattle and livestock. Oh that we would read the words which are found within these chapters and recognize that what would begin with the father blessing Jacob in the land of Canaan would begin to manifest itself in the earth as the Lord building a house in the earth through Jacob, and even the Lord blessing Jacob with great wealth and possession and making him great in the earth.

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