“And the Lord stood beside Jacob and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your offspring…” Genesis 28:13
It’s hard to know what to think of Jacob. He seems almost a pawn in his mother’s game. She worked to get him the blessing instead of Esau which meant he had to run away. She sent him to her brother because she didn’t like the women Esau had married and wanted Jacob to marry someone else. His father seems a pawn too, kind of going along with what Rebekah is making happen. But in all of this as Jacob is fleeing his brother and seeking a wife, God shows up and gives him the blessing that had been first given to his grandfather. I wonder what it must have felt like to receive that promise that your whole family talked about all the time. Both a blessing and a responsibility. What promises have we received that have changed the trajectory of our lives? What promises have changed our entire identity?
-Pastor Travis Norton
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