Jacob: A Lesson of Reliance

October 28, 2018

Text:  Genesis 25:19--35:22


The history of Jacob’s self reliance

          Jacob’s birth (25:19-26)

                 Born a twin to Esau which means “red”

                 Jacob means “to supplant; one who takes by the heel”

          Jacob’s manipulation

                 Stole his brother’s inheritance portion, “birthright” (25:27-34)

                 Stole the blessing intended for the ‘eldest’ son (27:1-29)

          God speaks to Jacob in a dream (Gen 28)

                 Jacob “makes a deal” with God at Bethel (28:20-22)


The history of Jacob’s humiliation

          Jacob seeks a wife from Laban  (Gen 29-30)

                 Jacob tricked by Laban into marrying Leah

                 Jacob serves seven more years to marry Rachel

           Laban keeps Jacob under his control (Gen 31:6-7)

                 God prospers Jacob regardless

                 Envy and jealousy begins to develop toward Jacob

           God speaks to Jacob again, telling him to return to Canaan (Gen 31)

                 Laban pursues Jacob

                Jacob and Laban make a covenant to go their separate ways
                             in peace


The pattern of Jacob’s self-reliance

          Jacob journeys to Canaan (Gen. 31-32)

                 The angels of God meet Jacob on the way (Gen 32:1)

                 Jacob sends gifts ahead of himself to sue for peace with Esau

          Jacob wrestles with God

                 Jacob demands a blessing (Gen. 32:26)

                 Jacob’s name changed to Israel (Gen. 32:28 & 35:9-22)

                        Israel means “he struggles with God”


The revelation of God to Jacob

         God appears in a dream at Bethel (Gen. 28:10-22)

                  God is referenced as the God of Abraham and Isaac

         God instructs Jacob to return to the land of his fathers. (Gen. 31:3)

         God spoke to Jacob when he was tending the flocks (Gen. 31:11-13)

                  God refers to Himself as “the God of Bethel”

        Jacob  wrestled with God (Gen 32:24-32)


A life adjustment

          Jacob settles in Shechem and builds an altar (Gen.33:18-20)

                     El-Elohe-Israel “God-The God of Israel”

          God speaks to Jacob telling him to settle in Bethel (Gen. 35:1)

         Jacob tells his family to honor God  (Gen. 35:2)

         Jacob testifies that God has been with him wherever he has gone (35:3)

         God renews His covenant with Jacob at Bethel (35:9-15)

                     Bethel – “The House of God”


The Lesson for us…                               












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