Jacob did it. He received his father’s blessing instead of his older brother, Esau. Although Jacob was blessed with the same blessing Abraham received from the Lord in Genesis 12, he was immediately sent away by his father Isaac to find a wife of the Gentiles. This journey was difficult, as he had to tend sheep to earn a wife (Hosea 12:12). Perhaps this new challenge was a type of punishment for how he went about receiving both the blessing and birthright in Genesis 26 and 27. His father had servants sent to find his own wife, Rebekah, while Jacob had to go alone and on foot. Even so, we should expect persecution as we dive deeper into God’s provisions for us, and we must find peace in Christ.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Jacob obeyed his father’s commands and found a fellow believer to be his wife. We have the same charge to be yoked with fellow Christians. Those who favor other religions, or no religion at all, have different beliefs, perspectives, and entitlements. Our counterpart should encourage our faith and charge us in the same direction as God’s calling and will for our lives. We should also want a blessed eternal life for them!
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
‘Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”’ – Acts 2:38-40
Jacob is part of the ancestral line of Christ our Lord and Savior. God knew what he was doing when Jacob, the younger brother, was blessed over Esau. Esau had many wives, and married another in a last minute attempt to prove himself to his father, not to please God. Yet he married a daughter of Ishmael, a family God had rejected a while back. If he had just asked his father’s judgment, he would have known Isaac’s (and the Lord’s) displeasure of him with Canaanite women. Instead, he learned through his younger brother’s obedience, and it was too late. We must pray and read God’s word in order to understand His desires for us, before we become the foolish virgins begging at His closed door on judgment day (Matthew 25:11). Although Jacob was a mischievous mess, God, through His sovereign ways, brought good to this situation to continue His will.
“He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” – Galatians 3:14
Jacob found comfort during his difficult journey in his confidence in divine protection and blessing. Some moments we find ourselves at our weakest, unsure of where to turn or what next steps to take. It could be the passing of a loved one, loss of a job, or just an unexplained sense of depression that overwhelm us and try to tear us away from looking towards the Lord. But in those moments, by recognizing God’s compassion, love, and power over our lives, we can find true eternal comfort knowing that in the end, there will be no death and suffering, only rejoicing and perfection.
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” – Galatians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:18