Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Old Testament Husbands – Isaac, Jacob, Hosea

April 16th, 2018 Viewed 751 times

What was the main problem with Jacob and Esau? (Gen 27:1ff)

Other than the fact that God had chosen one?  Each of the parents had chosen favorites, and there was no secret that the father preferred the older.  This is a problem that would manifest itself in the next generation, as Jacob would also consider Joseph his favorite.

What should a young man be willing to do for the woman that he loves? (Gen 29)

Jacob was willing to work for Laban for seven years, and then another seven years for Rachel.  While I’m not advocating working for fourteen years to earn the right to marry a woman, the commitment needs to be secure before entering marriage.  This follows through with the bride price, etc.  A woman is valuable—she completes a man, she is his helper, and therefore entering into a marriage covenant should not be taken lightly or simply because of feelings.

Was it wrong for Jacob to give Joseph a special coat? (Gen 37)


January 18th, 2010 Viewed 2477 times

Desert and mountain range. In Genesis 32, Jacob is headed back home after working for his Uncle Laban for over 14 years.  He has his two wives, two maidservants and all of the rest of the servants and children in tow as they had back to Caanan when they get news that his brother Esau is headed out to greet them.

In case you don’t remember, the real reason that Jacob headed out to Uncle Laban’s was not because he heard that he had good looking daughters, but because he had stolen the birth-rite and blessing from his older brother, and Esau had promised to kill him when he saw him.

Covenant Maker

October 3rd, 2006 Viewed 4061 times, 1 so far today

There are two aspects to the idea of the father or husband being the covenant maker in the following passages.

Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them. – Deuteronomy 1:8

But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard [it]; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her. – Numbers 8:30

In the one case, we have God making a covenant.  Just like with Adam and Eve, God came to Abraham– not Sarah– to make the covenant.  He came to Isaac– not Rebekah– to confirm it.

He went to Jacob– not Leah, Rachel or a handmaid.  He went to David– and I don’t have enough space to list all of those wives!  God chose his order, it’s not something that I or any other man selected.  He went to the man and made covenants with those men and their generations.  It is true that the Messiah would be born of a virgin woman, but in every other case, God dealt with the head of the house.


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