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A profile of Jacob, the sign in Revelation 12:1. Part 5.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

“I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” does not mean that no matter what they did God just sat back and let them do it or get away with it.

ZEC 2:8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, “For he who touches you, touches the apple of My eye.”

MAL 3:17 “And they will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare {My} own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

HOS 8:7 For they sow the wind, And they reap the whirlwind.

It was alright that Jacob deceived his father Isaac when he and his mother plotted the deception to get the birthright, but now he is shocked that someone has deceived him.

Jacob now feels and knows what its like to have deceit practiced on him concerning something that is extremely important and precious.

1JO 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The alternative to rebound is suffering for divine discipline, HEB 12:6.

PRO 1:31 So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, And be stuffed with their own devices.

JOB 4:8 According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.

It may be divine retribution, but divine retribution comes from the law of volitional responsibility or reaping what we sow, GAL 6:7.

In Labans treatment of Jacob we see the deceiver deceived.

NUM 32:23b “be sure your sin will find you out.”

Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, gave orders that every son of the Hebrews should be drowned, EXO 1:22.

He reaped what he sowed because, EXO 12:29, his firstborn son died and, EXO 14:28, he was drowned in the Red Sea.

NUM 16:2-3 - Korah, the drummer boy in Israel, caused a gap, a division or a crack in the congregation of Israel, so God made a gap in the earth to swallow him and his followers, NUM 16:30.

Wicked Ahab caused Naboth to be slain and the dogs came and licked up his blood, 1KI 21:19.

2CH 16:10 Then Asa was angry with the prophet and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was enraged at him.

1KI 15:23b “But in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.”

EST 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the kings anger subsided.

ACT 7:58 And when they had driven him [Stephen] out of the city, they began stoning him, and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

ACT 14:19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

First, he deceived his father and was, in turn, deceived by his father-in-law.

The divine retribution = on his wedding night instead of receiving the younger daughter he received the elder for his wife.

In deceiving Jacob by giving him the older daughter Leah, Laban also tricked his younger daughter Rachel, expecting to be married to Jacob; later Rachel tricks Laban, GEN 31:35.

We noted how greedy Jacob was in buying the birthright from Esau for a bowl of lentil soup, and then we see Laban who changed Jacobs wages ten times, GEN 31:41.

Jacob deceived Isaac by allowing his mother to cover his hands and neck with “the skins of the goats,” GEN 27:16.

Jacob deceived Isaac in regard to his favorite son Esau, and so was Jacob deceived in regard to his favorite son, Joseph.

GAL 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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