In The Beginning God Part Sixteen

Kingwell By Kingwell, 24th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1r8g6bcg/
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Isaac and Rebekah, afraid that Esau will make good on his threat to kill his brother, send Jacob away to live with his mother's relatives.

Jacob is sent away.

Esau had good reason to hate his brother, not only had Jacob taken advantage of his hunger and state of mind to swindle him out of his birthright, but now by deceiving their almost blind father, he had also embezzled the blessing which was always reserved for the eldest son. That Esau planned to murder Jacob was soon made known to their mother Rebekah, who immediately called her youngest son and advised him to flee to Haran where her brother Laban lived.
It was a sore point with both Isaac and his wife that Esau had married Canaanite women and when Rebekah spoke about this to Isaac, they both agreed that Jacob should go live with his mother’s relatives.“ Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him and said unto him, thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother”. Genesis 28: 1-2. Having heard from his mother of Esau’s determination to kill him, Jacob obeyed his parents and left at once for what was to be his new home.
By now Esau realized that his parents were unhappy with his marriages and perhaps knowing that his father had given his brother strict orders not to marry a Canaanite woman, decided to try to appease his parents by also marrying within the family. Going to the home of Ishmael, his father’s brother, he soon won the family’s consent, and married his first cousin whose name was Mahalath.

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob in the meantime was traveling towards Haran and as darkness was coming on, he decided to stop and rest for the night and with a stone for a pillow he lay down to sleep. The young man must have been tired, for even with a stone pillow he was soon not only fast asleep, but also dreaming. And what a dream it was! He saw a ladder set up on earth with the top reaching unto heaven and angels climbing both up and down on it. “And behold the Lord stood about it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham, thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And behold I am with thee , and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of”. Genesis 28: 13-15.
When Jacob awoke he was not surprisingly afraid and said, “How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven”. Genesis 28:17. He probably didn’t sleep much after that but in any case, we are told that he arose early in the morning and took the stone that he had used as a pillow and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon it and called the place Bethel. And Jacob vowed a vow right then and there saying: “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on so that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee”. Genesis 28:20-22. After making this promise Jacob continues on his journey, no doubt all the way wondering about the dream
Looking at this passage, it would appear that not only did Isaac and Rebekah have a favorite among the two boys, but that God did as well! Did God perhaps see not the conniving youth that Jacob had been but rather the potential within him to be a great leader and example to his people? Soon we shall follow Jacob to his uncle’s house and see what befalls him there.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 17
See Part 1

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author avatar Retired
24th May 2015 (#)

Great work, Kingwell. You are a terrific asset to this site!

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author avatar Kingwell
24th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Legend
24th May 2015 (#)

What exactly makes it "dreadful" in your opinion? sounds like an inspiring dream - nothing to dread and rather a blessed place - as worthy of a house of The Lr-d?

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author avatar Kingwell
25th May 2015 (#)

Hi Legend, It was Jacob who called it dreadful. I was only quoting the Bible. When Jacob awoke he was not surprisingly afraid and said, “How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven”. Genesis 28:17. Thanks for reading and I hope nothing I've written here upsets you. The purpose is to bring to light things rarely talked about and to get people thinking for themselves. You have a perfect right to disagree at any time as we all see things differently. Blessings.

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author avatar Legend
26th May 2015 (#)

I am not upset. Merely curious. You see the Hebrew word is Nora perhaps better translated as terrible in the sense of inspiring fear and awe... It actually has s positive connotation closer to awesome..

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author avatar Kingwell
26th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Legend, that helps make it easier to understand. I was wondering why he used the word dreadful but since I'm quoting King James, it was probably the best word they could come up with in 16th century England. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
25th May 2015 (#)

Multiple marriages, and keeping the marriages in the family, so to speak, all blessed by God.

Then God favours a swindler and a cheat like Jacob. It all stretches the imagination, but then Jesus did say he came for sinners, not saints.

Perhaps the God of the old Testament did this at times too. He picked a murderer in Moses once too, but when he picked David he said that he looks at the heart not the outer appearance.

Was God inconsistent then in his choices, or was that his prerogative, in his being God, after all?

Keep it coming Kingwell, I am enjoying this series.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th May 2015 (#)

This was a time and place when men were expected to have more than one wife and no one seemed to consider it a sin. David had several wives but it was only when he wanted another man's wife and had him killed in order to get her that he was considered to have done wrong. Blessings.

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author avatar Legend
26th May 2015 (#)

GD is consistent. Incidently David had far more wives.....

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author avatar Kingwell
26th May 2015 (#)

Solomon, David's son had even more and he was supposed to have been a very wise man lol! Blessings

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author avatar Carol Roach
27th May 2015 (#)

I wonder when the laws of incest came in, marrying your cousin or aunt is cutting it close

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author avatar Kingwell
27th May 2015 (#)

I was thinking the same thing Carol. Whether one believes those tales or not there is no doubt that incest was common. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th May 2015 (#)

We have moved on a lot with women holding the rein more and more, so to speak, with men comfortable with this state as equal partners. And science is shining light to highlight certain dangers too. Let belief and science find a proper balance.

Thanks KIngwell for this thought provoking series - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
27th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva and I agree. Blessings.

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