Genesis 28:1-9 – The lines of Messiah and antichrist

 

1 Isaac summoned Jacob, blessed him, and commanded him: “Don’t take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 Go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father. Marry one of the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 3 May • God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you so that you become an assembly of peoples. 4 May God give you and your • offspring the blessing of Abraham so that you may possess the land where you live as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 5 So Isaac sent Jacob to Paddan-aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau. 6 Esau noticed that Isaac blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to get a wife there. When he blessed him, Isaac commanded Jacob, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.” 7 And Jacob listened to his father and mother and went to Paddan-aram. 8 Esau realized that his father Isaac disapproved of the Canaanite women, 9 so Esau went to Ishmael and married, in addition to his other wives, Mahalath daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son. She was the sister of Nebaioth.

 

Isaac was duped, Rebekah and Jacob had been first class deceivers, and Esau had been displaced once again.  Esau had vowed to kill Jacob after the death of Isaac but Rebekah, hearing his words, devised another plan to send Jacob away to safety.  She told Isaac not to allow Jacob to marry the women that surrounded them but that it might be a good idea to send him to her family so that he could choose a wife from that area.

Her plan works but it will come with a hefty price for her because she will never see her son again.  Isaac sends Jacob on his way, but not before he gives him a blessing.  This blessing seems to be the actual blessing that he was supposed to give him in the previous chapter, so he may have given only half a blessing before because he could tell that something was not right, or it was his planned blessing for Esau in the first place.

The blessing that he gives here is very similar to the blessing that God gave to Abraham:

 

Genesis 12

12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

Notice that the Lord states “I will make thee a great nation.”

 

Now let’s look at the blessing from Isaac:

 

3 May • God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you so that you become an assembly of peoples. 4 May God give you and your • offspring the blessing of Abraham so that you may possess the land where you live as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.”

Notice that he tells Jacob that he will become an assembly of peoples.  The Hebrew word for “nation” in Genesis 12, is “Goi, or Goy.” This terms usually refers to “Gentile” nations, but is referring to Hebrew and non-Hebrew peoples.  The term “Assembly of peoples,” however, is the word “Kahal ammim,”  which means “a holy convocation of fellow countrymen,” and is used to refer to a distinct group of people.

Up until now, Abraham and Isaac were fathers to Hebrew and non-Hebrew peoples, and it is with Jacob, soon to be re-named Israel, that we actually see the specific Hebrew nation being developed.

This blessing point to that as well as sending him to his family’s land in Mesopotamia.

So with Jacob, we see the beginning of the lineage of the Messiah being developed, but we see another lineage started with Esau.

Esau hears what his parents are saying, and he sets out to get a wife from the clan of Ishmael, tying his descendants to Ishmael forever.  In this we see the development of the lineage of the Muslims and the Arab peoples, but the worst part is that this development comes with a hatred for the Jewish people that still lingers today, and this will have its finale in the rising up of the antichrist, who will most likely be an Idumean, or plainly from the lineage of Esau.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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