by Stephen Whitney

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Jacob: Deceitful Schemer (2 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
Stephen Whitney
Genesis 27:1-29

A waitress in Ohio asked to see a customer's driver license and she was shocked when she saw the photo on the ID. It was her own picture! She had lost her driver's license a month earlier, and this young woman was using it so she'd have 'proof' she was old enough to drink alcohol. The police were called and the young
woman was arrested for identity theft. Trying to gain what she wanted, she pretended to be someone she was not.

Deceit is deliberately trying to make someone think something which is not true so you can get something you want from them.

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil.

Matthew Henry wrote, "Those that imagine evil have their hearts full of the advantage and satisfaction which they shall gain by it."
They see the end result of their deceit and not the hurt they cause.

Deceit goes against the golden rule Jesus gave in Matthew 7:12

Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.NIV translated it, Do to others as you would have them do to you.

In other words treat other people as you would want to be treated.

Honesty builds trust with others and relationships become stronger while deceit destroys relationships because you cannot trust them.

Jacob deliberately deceived his father Isaac to receive the family blessing his father wanted to bestow on his older brother Esau.

Recognition :1-2
Isaac was now about 140 years old. He would live another 40 years and die when he was 180 years old (35:28). Along with old age come physical problems as our bodies wear out.

Eccl. 12:2-3 describes our eyes having trouble seeing in old age, The sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark . . .and those who look through the widows are dimmed.

Life becomes difficult it is when you cannot see. You have to depend upon ...

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