Old Testament: Jacob
Details and Events in the Story of Jacob.
A Brief Overview Of Jacob
The Bible follows the messianic line to Abraham`s son,
Isaac, and then to Isaac`s son, Jacob who lived around 1900
BC. Jacob was a shrewed and deceitful con man who tricked
his brother Esau and lied to his father so he could steal
his older brothers birthright. Afraid, Jacob fled to Haran,
in Mesopotamia, where his uncle Laban lived, but on the way
he met the Lord and saw a vision of a ladder reaching from
earth to heaven with angels on it. Jacob had his first
encounter with God and the Lord revealed to him the
promises He had made to Abraham and how he would be part of
those promises, so Jacob began to trust in God and named
that place, Bethel, which means, "house of God".
God Changed Jacobs Name To Israel
God protected Jacob all the way and also prepared his
brother Esau`s heart so that he was no longer angry. God
changed Jacob`s name to "Israel." Jacob was next in the
Messianic line. His 12 sons became the fathers of the 12
tribes of Israel.
Jacob Works To Marry Rachel
When he arrived in Haran, his uncle was more shrewed than
he was, con-man meets super con-man. Laban tricked him into
working for him for 14 years in exchange for a wife. He
wanted Rachel, but he got Leah first and then Rachel.
Gen 28:10-19 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went
toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed
there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one
of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he
lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and
behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top
reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were
ascending and descending on it. And behold, the LORD stood
above it and said: "I am the LORD God of Abraham your
father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I
will give to you and your descendants.
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