The Christian Obligation, chapter 15

To: People with a gifted desire to be atOne with Jesus; “Spiritual Israelites” 5/14/19, God’s 2nd month 9th day of Lyyar 5,770 until sunset.

Chapter 9

While the Lord God is choosing a people to whom He’d call to be atOne with Himself, Satan is deceiving and preparing to make a people jealous of God’s people. (Each called out, chosen individual whose names are recorded in Hebrews 11: were likely gifted with an  insensible - almost unnoticed or gradual yearning to be atOne with and follow God’s commands. In each case God was leading. God’s church - His family are people of His choosing. Since the flood God chose to root His family foundation to a faith driven people like that of Abraham’s. Abraham insisted that Isaac find a wife among Terah’s “his dad’s” family after considering Ishmael’s unpleasing choice. He sent a servant to his brother’s family where Rebekah agreed to follow him back and marry Isaac. (See Genesis 24:)  Likewise Isaac and Rebekah, after Esau married Judith a daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittie caused them great anxiety. (See Genesis 26:34)

Easu - Jacob, two nations, God calls the weaker

a principle He carried forward.

(1Cor: 26-31; Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (Quote Jer 9:24)

(Gen 25:21-23; Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord and the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will be separated from within you. One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.”

(Gen 25:24-28; When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. “whose descendants would be called Edom” When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. (28) Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Gen 25:29-34; Now Jacob cooked some stew, and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called Edom.) But Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?” (33) But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. So Esau despised his birthright.”

(Gen 27:1-17; (text portion shortened ) Isaac was old, nearly blind and hungry for Esau’s wild game, so he sent him out to find some, Rebekah was listening and thought it a good time to have Jacob deceive Isaac. When Esau went out to the open fields to hunt down some wild game, Rebekah said to Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father tell your brother Esau ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare for me some tasty food. Then I will eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ (8) Now then, my son, do exactly what I tell you! Go to the flock and get me two of the best young goats. I’ll prepare them in a tasty way for your father, just the way he loves them. Then you will take it to your father. Thus he will eat it and bless you before he dies.”

Jacob protested but Rebekah said “I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” “Any curse against you will fall on me, just obey me! (14) So Jacob went and got the goats and brought them to his mother. She prepared some tasty food, just the way his father loved it. Then she took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house and put them on her younger son Jacob. (16) She put the skins of the young goats on his hands and the smooth part of his neck. Then she handed the tasty food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob.

(Gen 27:18-29; Jacob went to his father and said, “My father!” Isaac replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son?” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” (20) But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world did you find it so quickly, my son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” he replied. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you, my son, and know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” (22) So Jacob went over to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.” He did not recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s hands. So Isaac blessed Jacob. (24) Then he asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied. Isaac said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. Then I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothing, he blessed him, saying, “Yes, my son smells like the scent of an open field which the Lord has blessed. (28) May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth, and plenty of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. You will be lord over your brothers and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed.”) Remember Joseph?

God had already chose Jacob when Rebekah ask Him about her pregnancy.

Esau was very upset but Isaac told him. (Gen 27:37-39; Isaac replied to Esau, “Look! I have made Jacob lord over you. I have made all his relatives his servants and provided him with grain and new wine. What is left that I can do for you, my son?” Esau said to his father, “Do you have only that one blessing, my father? Bless me too!” Then Esau wept loudly.)

(39-40; So Esau’s father Isaac said to him, “Indeed, your home will be away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the sky above. You will live by your sword but you will serve your brother. When you grow restless you will tear off his yoke from your neck.”)

Gen 27:41’ “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing his father had given to his brother. Esau said privately, “The time of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill my brother Jacob!”

(Gen 27:42-45; When Rebekah heard what her older son Esau had said, she quickly summoned her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is planning to get revenge by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say. Run away immediately to my brother Laban in Haran. Live with him for a little while until your brother’s rage subsides. Stay there until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I’ll send someone to bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

(Gen 27:46; Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am deeply depressed because of these daughters of Heth. If Jacob were to marry one of these daughters of Heth who live in this land, I would want to die!”

(Gen 28:1-9; So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman! Leave immediately for Paddan Aram! Go to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and find yourself a wife there, among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. (3) May the sovereign God bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! Then you will become a large nation. May He give you and your descendants the blessing He gave to Abraham so that you may possess the land God gave to Abraham, the land where you have been living as a temporary resident.” (5) So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau. Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan Aram to find a wife there. As he blessed him, Isaac commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.” Jacob obeyed his father and mother and left for Paddan Aram. (8) Then Esau realized that the Canaanite women were displeasing to his father Isaac. So Esau went to Ishmael “his uncle and Isaac’s half brother” and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, along with the wives he already had.”)

Jacob’s dream and God’s promise.

(Gen 28:10-15; Meanwhile Jacob left Beer Sheba and set out for Haran. He reached a certain place where he decided to camp because the sun had gone down. He took one of the stones and placed it near his head. Then he fell asleep in that place and had a dream.

He saw a stairway erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it and the Lord stood at its top. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the ground you are lying on. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth and you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using your name and that of your descendants. I am with you! I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!”

(Gen 28:16; Then Jacob woke up and thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not realize it!” He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!”)

(Gen 28:18-22; Early in the morning Jacob took the stone he had placed near his head and set it up as a sacred stone. Then he poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, although the former name of the town was Luz. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God is with me and protects me on this journey I am taking and gives me food to eat and clothing to wear and I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will become my God. Then this stone that I have set up as a sacred stone will be the house of God, and I will surely give you back a tenth of everything you give me.”)

In addition to all these blessings and promises, God changed Jacob’s name to “Israel” meaning God fights. Israelites are yet going to occupy the promised lands and nations of the world will yet be blessed by Israel.

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