Presentation on theme: "Week 8 – Lessons from Deception"— Presentation transcript:
1 Week 8 – Lessons from Deception “He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.”Gen 27:24Text: Gen 26:34 – 31:55GenesisWeek 8 – Lessons from Deception
2 Scene Setter Isaac is old, dim eyed, and preparing to die. Given this, was both Isaac’s physical and spiritual eyesight dim?Do you recall Abraham’s final wish for Isaac?Find a good wife from his kinsmenNow it is Isaac’s turnGen 26:34-35 – Esau took Hittite wivesJudith, daughter of Beeri & Basemath, daughter of ElonMade life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah? Why?Can children do the same thing to parents today? If so, how?How disappointing do you think it was for Isaac to have his beloved Esau intermarry with the Hittites?What’s the big deal? How could your children’s choice in a spouse make life bitter for you?But in Chapter 27 still pronounces the blessing on Esau anyway.Hittite artifacts shown at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations at Ankara, Turkey
3 Jacob Receives Isaac's Blessing Jusepe de Ribera (1637) The Deception27:5-27:46 – Rebekah & Jacob’s deceptionWas it successful?Consequences Good or Bad?Isaac: blinded by his traditions, growing dim spiritually, his will was thwarted, 27:37Esau: cheated out of his blessing 27:38, incited to murder 27:41-42Jacob: compromised himself spiritually and forced into exile 27:43Rebekah: loses her child to exile 27:43God Disciplines His Children by their CircumstancesGod uses our circumstances to discipline us and to make us what He wants us to be. The story of Jacob in the Old Testament is an example of how God uses circumstances to discipline His children.Jacob did not have a very good character. He was not only clever and cunning, but he was also greedy and dishonest. He was always trying to get the best of other people.Jacob cheated his older brother out of his birthright. He deceived his father. In fact, he managed to get the best of almost everyone with whom he came in contact.God knew what Jacob was like, and He was dealing with him.Jacob was a deceiver, and God sent him to work for his uncle, Laban, who was the same kind of person as Jacob.Jacob fell in love with Laban's daughter, Rachel, and wanted to marry her, but Laban required that he work seven years for her. Jacob gladly agreed to do this. The Bible says,"Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her."When his seven years were completed, Jacob asked for his bride. Laban prepared a great wedding feast. When it was over, Jacob discovered that he had been deceived. Laban had substituted Leah, his older daughter, for Rachel. Jacob had married the wrong girl! He had to work another seven years for Rachel.For twenty years Jacob was cheated by his uncle. During this time, Laban changed his wages ten times. Eventually, Jacob left the land of Haran to return to his home. During the journey, Rachel became sick and died.Later, Jacob's favorite son, Joseph, was sold as a slave by his jealous brothers. These brothers deceived their father into thinking that Joseph had been killed by a wild beast. Jacob believed that Joseph was dead and mourned for him many years.Jacob had deceived others, and he himself was deceived. He encountered one difficulty after another. At one time, he cried out, "All these things are against me." Actually, though, God was working all these circumstances together for Jacob's good. Through discipline and chastening, God was bringing about a change in Jacob's character.In the end, we see a different Jacob. The one who had started out as a cunning deceiver was now a prince with God. He was gentle, humble and matured—a man who walked with God. Even Pharaoh, the mightiest king on earth at that time, recognized Jacob as a man of God. Pharaoh bowed before Jacob to receive a blessing from him.Jacob Receives Isaac's Blessing Jusepe de Ribera (1637)
4 Mediterranean Sea (Great Sea) Jacob’s Journey•BethelBeer-shebaHebron •BethlehemCANAANShechemSuccoth• PenuelMahanaimGILEADEDOM (SEIR)CYPRUSMediterranean Sea (Great Sea)ARAMPADDAN-ARAM• HaranMESOPOTAMIA550 Miles – about a 2 Month WalkJacob’s Ladder Dream – Evidence God was with him
5 Exile RoadGen 28 – Bethel ladder dream was a sort of conversion for JacobHebrew “ladder” could also denote a “stair way”SignificanceConfirmation God was with JacobPurpose of a ladder or stairway?Look at John 1:5128:16 - Jacob understood that God could be with him on earth at that placeBethel means “House of God”Jacob’s 1st encounter with God. Angles bringing messages to man and delivering man’s messages back to God.What is the mechanism for this delivery system; what makes this possible?1:51 – you will see heaven opened and angels ascending and descending on the son of man.Jacob declares this areas as the house of God and the gateway to heaven. Named it Bethel. What is our gateway to heaven?Jacob's Dream, Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) (1519)
6 Jacob Arrives in Haran29:10 – Offer’s genuine generosity and assistance by the well29:18 - Jacob Loved Rachael and offered to serve Laban for 7 years for herA Dose of his Own Medicine29:25 - Whoa, Your not Rachael!How did Jacob react to this?Do you think God was trying to teach Jacob a lesson? If so, what?29: Note it was not:7 years = Leah then 7 more years = RachaelBut7 years = Leah + Rachael then 7 more years
7 Kid Contest Leah, Michelangelo (1545) Rachel Jacob loved Rachael more than LeahGod blesses Leah with children (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah)30:1 – Rachael says, “Give me children or I will die!”Rachael gives Bilhah to to Jacob (Dan, Naphtali)Leah gives Zilpah to Jacob (Gad, Asher)Leah (Issachar) for mandrakes (Zebulun, Dinah)Rachael (Joseph)RachelLeah, Michelangelo (1545)
8 Jacob’s Children Leah (Fertile Myrtle) Bilhah (Rachael’s Slave) Zilpah (Leah’s Slave)Rachael1Reuben2Simeon3Levi4Judah5Dan6Naphtali7Gad8(Reuben’s Mandrakes)Asher9Issachar10Zebulun11Dinah12Joseph13BenjaminIssachar sounds like the Hebrew word for “wages” or “hire” because she “hired” Jacob with mandrakes.
9 Jacob and LabanJacob employs some fancy breeding techniques and grows wealthy31:1-23 – Laban becomes jealous of Joseph and cheats him by changing his wages 10 times31:2 – Jacob perceives that Laban is souring on him3,13 – God tells Jacob to go home31:11 – Angel confirms Jacob’s hunch about Laban and tells him to go home31:19-20 – Jacob waited for Laban to leave to go shear sheepDoes this indicate that Jacob, the cheater hadn’t changed?31:1-23 – Laban becomes jealous of Joseph and cheats him by changing his wages 10 timesHow does Jacob experience God’s grace in the face of this adversity?Jacob prospersWhen we face adversity, is God’s grace present?At Bethel during the dream, God promised to be with Jacob. Now, God tells Jacob to go home.
10 Mediterranean Sea (Great Sea) The Pursuit•BethelBeer-shebaHebron •BethlehemCANAANShechemSuccoth• PenuelMahanaimGILEADEDOM (SEIR)CYPRUSMediterranean Sea (Great Sea)ARAMPADDAN-ARAM• HaranMESOPOTAMIAJacob gets 3-day head start.Took Laban 7 days to catch JacobEuphrates31:24 – God comes to Laban and tells him say that which is neither good nor bad to Jacob
11 Laban Catches Jacob Gen 31:25-42 v.28 – didn’t even get to kiss his grandkids!!!Stolen godsThe argument over the wealth; who owed whomThey establish a boundary and covenantLaban kisses his kids goodbye and returns homeNow that this is fixed, what other broken relationship does Jacob now need to fix? That’s next week.Let’s wrap up.
12 Jacob’s Timeline Event Approx Age of Jacob Scripture Grandfather Abraham Dies1525:7Jacob sent to Laban in Haran7728:5Marries Leah & Rachael8429:21-30, 30:1Father’s Joseph with Rachael9130:22-24Flees from Laban to Canaan931Joseph Sold into Slavery10837:12-36Isaac Dies (Lived 43 years more)12035:28-29, 25:26 & 35:28Reunited with Joseph (Moves to Egypt)13047:9, 28Dies14747:28Isaac thought he as about to die when Jacob fled to Haran. Lived 43 years more.
13 Blessing Leah From what tribe was Jesus? Who was Judah’s mom? What a blessing for Leah!Who was the priestly tribe?Who was Levi’s mom?Point: God’s methods are not our methods. I would have had Jesus come through Rachael.
14 Eyesight Isaac’s was dim physically & spiritually Eli’s began to grow dim in 1 Sam 3:1-2Both their “dimness” affected their childrenIsaac failed to get a good wife for EsauEli failed to impress upon his son’s the proper ways of priesthood 1 Sam 2:12-17Matt 6:22-24 – Jesus draws and analogy in the “eyes as the lamp of the body”
15 Discipline of the Lord God clearly disciplines Jacob His promises do not negate:Jacob’s responsibility to GodJacob’s consequences in dealing with EsauEven through Christ paid our debtWe still have a responsibility:To GodTo truthTo the Church leadership and fellow ChristiansDiscipline helps us purge sinWe still face consequences for sin
16 Undeserved Blessings Gen 30:43 - the Cheater receives blessings Jacob recognizes God’s graceGod’s blessings are all around us…even when we are in exile and suffering
17 Toward Next WeekSummaryWeek 9 – From Jacob to Israel