Meditate on Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Jacob has is preparing to flee the land of Canaan after deceiving his brother and father in order to inherit the promises God passed down to his father Isaac from his grandfather Abraham.
While it would be expected that he would be punished by his father or at least reprimanded, Isaac instead speaks a blessing over his son and his departure. Isaac also protects him further by instructing him not to marry a Canaanite woman and instead tells him to go back to Rebekah’s family to marry. On his way to Paddam Aram, God appears to Jacob in a dream. He reveals himself to Jacob and gives him the wonderful promise from verse 15.
Jacob responds and to no surprise, he gets it all wrong. He worships the place where God appeared to him instead of being in awe of the fact that God has promised him so much more. God has granted Jacob his presence. Jacob also responds to God’s good gifts by striking a deal with Him. As if God operates by our human systems.
However, we see again that it isn’t what we do that grants us God’s presence and goodness. Instead, it is who we are that gets us the promises of God. Just like Jacob received such merit on behalf of being a descendant of Abraham, we too are granted the promises of God because we belong to Jesus. His birthright has earned us a glorious inheritance in spite of our sin against our father.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have created a way for us to return to our promised land, our glorious home with you. Thank you that it isn’t what I do that earns me that inheritance, but instead it is what you have done through Jesus. Thank you, Lord, that even though I have committed such sin against you, you still saw it fit to make a way for me. Lord let me live my life in such a way that points others to that glorious truth. You are a good good father.
Does Isaac’s response to Jacob’s sin against him shock you?
What does God’s revelation of himself to Jacob in spite of his actions tell us about the characteristics of God?
In verse 8 Esau hears his father bless Jacob and warn him against marrying a Canaanite woman he goes and marries a daughter of Ishmael in addition to the wives he already had. How does this response demonstrate the difference between a works-based and a grace-based inheritance?
Memorize Ephesians 2:8-9 ” God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you cannot take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”