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Jacob and his mother’s plot to deceive Isaac succeeds. (Gen 27:11-29; But Esau my brother is a hairy man, ‘Jacob protested to his mother Rebekah and I have smooth skin! My father may touch me! Then he’ll think I’m mocking him and I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.’ So his mother told him, “Any curse against you will fall on me, my son! Just obey me! Go and get them for me!” 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 Rebekah took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 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. He 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.” 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,” Jacob 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.” 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.
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.
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.)
Note the wording in this blessing almost duplicates what God told Isaac and Rebekah before the twins were born. Though a fleshly trickery, on the part of Jacob and Rebekah God’s purpose was being carried out. (Jacob and heirs’ future destiny may be primarily in the millennia, though quiet obvious today. (Israel is God’s chosen by promise and Jacob was known before the foundation of the world, as was Joseph, Moses, each of Jesus’ apostles and each called out Believer in Jesus. (Study Ezekiel 37-38) See God’s future plan for scattered Israel in this age and in the millennia. May we have believing in faith in our Planner’s creation and sustaining powers.)
Delivered from Egypt people never acquired nor were gifted with believing in faith as spiritual Israel has in in this age. Only their children, Caleb and Joshua were allowed into the promised lands. (Numbers 14:11-16; The Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise Me, and how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of the signs that I have done among them? I will strike them with the pestilence, and I will disinherit them; I will make you into a nation that is greater and mightier than they!” Moses said to the Lord, “When the Egyptians hear, ‘for you brought up this people by your power from among them’ they’ll tell it to the inhabitants of this land. ‘They have heard that You, Lord, are among this people’, that ‘You Lord, are seen face to face, that Your cloud stands over them, and that You go before them by day in a pillar of cloud and in a pillar of fire by night.’
If you kill this entire people at once, then the nations that have heard of Your fame will say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land that He swore to them, He killed them in the wilderness.’
(Numbers 14:17-34; So now, let the power of My Lord be great, just as You have said, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in loyal love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children until the third and fourth generations.’ Please forgive the iniquity of this people according to Your great loyal love, just as you have forgiven this people from Egypt even until now.
Then the Lord said, “I have forgiven them as you asked. But truly, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord. For all the people have seen My glory and My signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tempted Me now these ten times, and have not obeyed Me, they will by no means see the land that I swore to their fathers, nor will any of them who despised Me see it. (Only My servant Caleb, because he had a different spirit and has followed Me fully – I will bring him into the land where he had gone, and his descendants will possess it.) (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites were living in the valleys.) Tomorrow, turn and journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.”
The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: “How long must I bear with this evil congregation that murmurs against Me?” I have heard the complaints of the Israelites that they murmured against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live, says the Lord, I will surely do to you just what you have spoken in My hearing. Your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness – all those of you who were numbered, according to your full number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me. You will by no means enter into the land where I swore to settle you. (The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.)
But I will bring in your little ones, whom you said would become victims of war, and they will enjoy the land that you have despised. But as for you, your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness, and your children will wander in the wilderness forty years and suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your dead bodies lie finished in the wilderness. According to the number of the days you have investigated this land, forty days – one day for a year – you will suffer for your iniquities, forty years, and you will know what it means to thwart Me.
(Num 14:35-45; I, the Lord, have said, “I will surely do so to all this evil congregation that has gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they will be finished, and there they will die!” The men whom Moses sent to investigate the land, who returned and made the whole community murmur against him by producing an evil report about the land, those men who produced the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the men who went to investigate the land, lived. When Moses told these things to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly.
And early in the morning they went up to the crest of the hill country, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place that the Lord commanded, for we have sinned.” But Moses said, “Why are you now transgressing the commandment of the Lord? It will not succeed! Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, and you will be defeated before your enemies. For, the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.
But they dared to go up to the crest of the hill, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. So the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country swooped down and attacked them as far as Hormah.)
Remember Moses prayed to the Lord, “show me Your Ways that I may know You.” We must have revealed knowledge of God’s Ways; know His characteristics in order to worship Him in spirit and truth. It’s idolatry to practice customs and traditions established to honor imaginary gods.
(The Hebrews writer remembered Moses and gives us his example.
(Heb 11:24-26; Moses grew up among such, but when God revealed Himself, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.)
God called and gave Moses a miraculous nature change. It’s the change we all must be gifted with, in order to be called God’s people. Why? Without a miraculous nature change we’re spiritually weak, (pulls of the flesh and demonic deceptions are stronger than fleshly good intentions.) Additionally, if we could choose for ourselves, how and when to be saved and practice God’s Way spiritually, it would amount to being saved by personal works.)
As with Abraham, our calling has nothing to do with our good works, believers in are chosen to demonstrate faith in the One who reveals Himself and makes covenant promises through Jesus. (Study Romans 9:1-24; Pray for a discerning spirit like Paul’s, who was gifted to teach the connection between Genesis and God’s covenant believing people.) Then Paul quotes from Hosea and Isaiah.
(Rom 9:25-29; As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ and I will call her who was unloved, ‘My beloved.’” (Hosea 2:23 & 1:10) And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have resembled Gomorrah.” “Not all those who are descended of Israel, are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted, that is the children of promise are counted as descendants.) Today’s spiritual Israelites are believers in Jesus, a people called to be Christ like. Remember; Israel means “God fights”, it’s a promise and call for faith.