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Jacob and Esau

Jacob deceives Esau to gain his birthright.
Contributed by YoMinistry
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Abraham’s son Issac grew up and married Rebekah. Rebekah gave birth to twins. 'Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob...' (Genesis 25:24-26a - NASB) – Slide 1
When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:27-28 - NASB) – Slide 2
When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, 'Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.' Therefore his name was called Edom. <br/>But Jacob said, 'First sell me your birthright.' (Genesis 25:29-31 - NASB) – Slide 3
Isaac said, 'Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?' <br/>And Jacob said, 'First swear to me'; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:32-34 - NASB) – Slide 4
Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, 'My son.' <br/>And he said to him, 'Here I am.' <br/>'...go out to the field and hunt game for me; and prepare a savory dish for me... bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die.' (Genesis 27:1,2a,3b,4b - NASB) – Slide 5
Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, Rebekah said to her son Jacob... 'Go now to the flock and bring me two choice young goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savoury dish for your father, such as he loves.' (Genesis 27:5,6a,9, - NASB) – Slide 6
Rebekah prepared the food, took Esau’s best clothes for Jacob and put skins of young goats on Jacob’s hands and on the smooth part of his neck. Jacob left his mother to present the meal to Isaac and told him that he was Esau. (Genesis 27:6-19 - NASB) – Slide 7
Although Isaac could not see, he was not sure that it was really Esau who brought him the meal. Issac asked Jacob directly, 'Is it really you Esau?' and again Jacob lied and said that he was Esau. Isaac finally agreed to give the cherished blessing to Jacob. (Genesis 27:20-29) – Slide 8
Very soon after Jacob left his father. Esau came along with the meal he prepared for his dad. Both Isaac and Esau were shocked to realise that Jacob had already received the blessing. Esau was furious and vowed to kill his brother Jacob. (Genesis 27:30-41) – Slide 9
Isaac and Rebekah encouraged Jacob to leave home and travel north to Rebekah’s homeland (Haran). There Isaac and Rebekah were hoping Jacob could find a wife of their lineage. It was a long journey and Jacob traveled alone. (Genesis 28:1-7) – Slide 10
One night Jacob used a rock for a pillow. As he slept he saw a ladder from earth reaching to heaven with the angels of God ascending and descending on it. God then blessed Jacob (Genesis 28:13-15). Rejoicing, Jacob praised God and with the stone as a monument called the place Bethel. (Genesis 28:16-19) – Slide 11
God continued to guide Jacob to his mother’s homeland. There he fell in love with his Uncle Laban’s daughter Rachel. Laban was full of tricks like his sister Rebekah so he managed to trick Jacob into marrying both Rachel and her sister Leah. (Genesis 29:1-29) – Slide 12
God was with Jacob and blessed him with many children, livestock and wealth. Laban was jealous and kept trying to discourage Jacob. After many years Jacob told Rachel and Leah that he wanted to return home. So they packed up and left for Jacob’s homeland. (Genesis 30:25 - 31:21) – Slide 13
When Jacob came near to his homeland he began to fear meeting with his brother Esau once more. Jacob prayed and this time God met him in an unexpected way. That night in his anxiety Jacob ended up wrestling with a stranger. They wrestled through the night. (Genesis 32:24-25) – Slide 14
It was time to stop. Jacob said: 'I will not let you go unless you bless me.' So he said to him, 'What is your name?' And he said, 'Jacob.' He said, 'Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.' Genesis 32:26b-28 (NASB) – Slide 15
Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him... Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept... (Genesis 33:1a,4a. - NASB). Thus God blessed Jacob and Esau. – Slide 16
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