In The Beginning God Chapter Twenty-One

Kingwell By Kingwell, 16th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Jacob is reunited with his father Isaac,who is now 180 years old and dies shortly after their reunion. Esau and Jacob bury their father but each must than go his own way as they both have too much cattle to remain together.

Jacob Moves Yet Again.

Shortly after the bloodbath at Shalem God speaks to Jacob again and tells him to be on the move once more, this time to Bethel where he is to build an altar unto God. It seems that his sons have been copying the ways of the people among whom they are living for when their father calls them together to discuss the move, he immediately tells them to put away the strange Gods that they have among them. For some reason the inhabitants of the land seem afraid of Jacob and his family and keep their distance, perhaps they have heard that a mighty God is with these newcomers and that it’s best to leave them alone. We are told that God appears to Jacob again on the way but we are not informed as to what form God takes for it is one thing to hear God speak and quite another to actually see the one who created all things. God once again reminds Jacob of his name change and that from now on he must be known by the name of Israel. He is also told that the land which was given to Abraham and Isaac, his grandfather and father is now his and will be possessed by his descendants who are to become a great nation.

The birth of Benjamin

Rachel is pregnant again and as they journey from Bethel to Ephrath another son, Benjamin, is born but Rachel dies in childbirth while the boy lives on. After he has buried his wife Jacob moves on once more and finally encounters his father in Hebron. Maybe Isaac has been waiting to see his son once more in any case he is a very old and tired man and dies shortly thereafter. “And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years and Isaac gave up the ghost and died and was gathered unto his people being old and full of days and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him”. Genesis: 35: 28-29. Both Esau and Jacob have become very rich, so wealthy in fact that the land could not support both of them. “ And Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters and all the persons of his house and his cattle and all his beasts and all his substance which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob. For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land in which they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle”. Genesis 36: 6-7.
Although there is no record of why, it seems that Esau too has his name changed. “Esau is Edom and these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites”. Genesis 36: 8-9. What follows is an account of the descendants of Esau but here we leave Jacob’s twin brother to follow the lineage of Jacob or Israel as he is now to be known and that of his twelve sons.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 22
See Part 1

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author avatar M G Singh
17th Jun 2015 (#)

I like your posts, but just for the record an interesting discussion is on in hubpages whether jesus existed at all and i am surprised at the evidence being presented that Jesus is a myth !!!

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan and I'm pleased that you like my posts. In fact there is little if any proof that Jesus Christ was a real person, except for what's recorded in the Bible. Many Christians don't even realize this but a search of history will prove it to be true. Mark's gospel is thought to be the original and wasn't published until at least 60 years after the death of Jesus. Of course, the fact that there were many early Christians, followers of this man seem to indicate that such a person lived. I like the teachings of Jesus especially as found in The Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew's gospel chapters 5,6 and 7. Personally, I feel that such a person did exist but that is only my own conclusion. Everyone should read the evidence and decide for themselves. By the way, can you send me the link in hubpages as it might contain some things that I haven't read before. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jun 2015 (#)

These are fascinating to read Kingwell, almost like a fairy tale - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Just how accurate such stories are, is debatable as they were no doubt handed down by word of mouth for many years. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Great piece as always. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jun 2015 (#)

So pleased that you are following. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
18th Jun 2015 (#)

"For some reason the inhabitants of the land seem afraid of Jacob."

"Two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man a sword, and came unto the city boldly, and slew all the males"

Well if they had heard about this, maybe that was the reason.

A fascinating tale, Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks spirited and you make a good point. Stories probably spread fast even then. Blessings

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author avatar Carol Roach
23rd Jun 2015 (#)

Edom means red in hebrew, Esaw was said to be born red all over and hence the name.

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol. Yes Esau was said to have been born red all over but I didn't know that Edom meant red. Thanks. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Kingwell for this chapter. I'm still following and enjoying.

Blessings.

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