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The Salvation of Jacob (22 of 32)
OPENING ILLUSTRATION: I love to hear how people came to faith in Christ. It's always hard for me to listen without tearing up. I imagine one of the great joys of Heaven will be hearing all of the stories of how people came to Christ.
Peter will say, "I was out on the sea of Galilee when I heard a voice". Paul will say, "I was on the road to Damascus when I saw a light" But what will Jacob say, "It all started when my mom dressed me up like my older brother"
Remember last week we saw Jacob's deception that enabled him to secure the family blessing for himself. Remember we saw that Esau was angry enough to kill him.
Genesis 28:1-5 (NAS) 1 So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him, "You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. 2 "Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
No doubt that Isaac could have sent a servant as his grandfather did to find Rebecca. However, it seems that he recognized that it would be wise to put some distance between Jacob and Esau after all that had taken place.
Paddan-Aram, in the area of Haran - It was far enough that Esau wouldn't follow him there. Yet there was family there, so Jacob wouldn't be alone. All in all, it was a sensible suggestion.
The journey would be 500 miles from Beersheba to Haran, which was located not near southern border of modern-day Turkey.
Jacob would be retracing the steps of his grandfather Abraham who came from Haran to the Promised Land many years ago.
Jacob's Journey Genesis 28:10-11 (NAS)
10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.
The text gives us the idea ...
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