- The Lord eliminates any natural source of blessing so that He will be the source of blessing
- When the Lord says the elder shall serve the younger and the younger will be stronger, at that point it doesn’t matter who comes out first. If Jacob came out first then Esau would have the Spirit of God on his side and Jacob wouldn’t. What I’m saying is the Lord doesn’t have Jacob in mind over Esau. The Lord is saying He will be with the younger twin, and He will apply himself to the younger twin so that the blessings will be God’s blessings and not simply the blessings of the firstborn which were natural blessings. The Lord is going to eliminate any natural source of blessings so that His love will be highlighted in the younger twin’s nation.
- Romans 9:10-16 (These are national blessings, not individual salvation.)
Genesis 28:1-5, 10-22
- Jacob becomes Israel
- Jacob marries Leah, then Rachel.
- (29:31-35) Leah’s children are:
- (30:1-8) Bilhah’s children are:
- (30:9-13) Zilpah’s children are:
- (30:16-20) Leah’s next children are:
- (30:22-24) Rachel’s son Joseph
- (35:16-20) Rachel’s son Benjamin
- Now these are all Jacob’s children. And the Lord is going to love Jacob’s children and their generations. Exodus 1:1-14 This group of souls will be the apple of God’s eye (Deuteronomy 32:9-10). They will be known as the children of Israel who was formerly called Jacob. Remember Israel is the name God gave to Jacob.
- Israel’s national eternal security
- Malachi 1:2-5 Israel is a nation even today. Edom is not a nation anymore.
Faith required to be a child of God
- Isaiah 45:4 Election of a nation is not individual salvation (Romans 9:6-8). And because God will use a nation doesn’t mean the individuals of the nation are saved.
- Romans 9:25-33, 10:1-13, 11:26 purge the nation, faithful are saved.
- Jacob’s faith in Hebrews 11:21 as recorded in Genesis 48:15-22. Jacob is dying in Egypt and trusting the Lord to bring his family back to the promised land.