Building with Jacob.
When Isaac prayed for his barren wife, Rebekah, God gave them twins. She had a hard time carrying them and asked the Lord what was wrong. “And the Lord said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23) First born was Esau then Jacob. God is choosing another stone for His Temple.
It should not surprise you that God does the choosing. He is building according to His plans. “As it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” (Romans 9:13; Malachi 1:2-3) God chose Jacob to continue the covenant that He made with Abraham. There was some trading, scheming and deceiving that ended with Isaac blessing Jacob, and Esau hating his brother.
“Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethern, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you, And blessed be those who bless you!” (Genesis 27:28-29)
A brother wants blood.
So, Jacob flees, but before he leaves Isaac gives him a final blessing. “May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples; And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.” (Genesis 28:3-4)
It wasn’t long after that when Jacob dreamt of a ladder that rose to the heavens with angels descending and ascending. From above the ladder the voice of God spoke confirming the promise of land, a multitude of descendants and blessing coming to all of the families of the earth. (Genesis 28:13-15) From father to son to grandson the covenant was confirmed by God, because Abraham obeyed.
Jesus is building a living Temple for His Father. The souls of men will be God’s dwelling place. The time is coming when God’s chosen people will dwell in all the land that was promised to Abraham. That time is called the millennium, but much still needs to occur.
Blessings and prophecies describe Israel’s future.
Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. He had twelve sons with four women. Their emblems are on this menorah. Upon his death-bed Israel rose up and prophesied over his children. Scripture reveals so that we might ponder, marvel and anticipate the works of God.
To be continued.