Reading 10

Gen 28

Isaac blesses Jacob with the blessing God gave to him, and instructs Jacob to not marry a Canaanite woman, and sends him off to the house of Laban. 

Now Esau heard that Isaac had commanded Jacob, saying, 6 …“You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,”

So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, in order to spite his parents, he went out and married another Canaanite woman.  This shows the rebellious heart of Esau, and it’s no wonder that God did not choose him.  

While Jacob is on his journey, God visits him in a dream, and restates to him, the promise He made to Abraham and to his father Isaac, saying, 13 …“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 to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel…. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” 


Jacob finds his way to the house of Laban, his mother’s brother, and agrees to work for Laban seven years so he could marry his daughter, Rachel.  After the seven years are completed, Laban tricks Jacob, and the morning after the wedding, Jacob realizes that he married Rachael’s older sister, Leah, instead.  Jacob loved Rachel, and agreed to work for Laban another seven years, so he could marry Rachel.  

As the years go by, there is much discord between the sisters, Leah and Rachel, and a race is on to see which one of them can give Jacob the most children.  They compete themselves, as well as through their maid servants, and when we get to the end, Jacob will have twelve sons and one daughter.  

Remember God’s promiose to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.  God said—

14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

So what does that “blessing for all the families of the earth” look like?  

John 19

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.

So Pilate brought Jesus out before the people, and

… Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!”

And they also said to Pilate, …“We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat … 14 … He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered (with words they will likely regret for all eternity)“We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.

25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 

They pierced Jesus’ side, to make sure He was dead.  

And before sundown, secret followers of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, andNicodemus, buried Jesus in a nearby unused tomb.  

The death of Jesus on the cross, was the sufficient payment for the sins of the entire World.  

And then, on the third day, the Resurrection, Jesus rose from the grave. 

Jesus appeared to Mary and to His disciples on that very day, to all but Thomas. 

25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

So, 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

So how is it that through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, All the families of the earth will be blessed?

Now John tells us that—

30  Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


~ by James M. Winslow on 2022/03/09.

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