Genesis Lesson 17 Day 5

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Genesis 27:42-46

Rebekah plots with Jacob to save him from Esau.

13) Esau’s plan to kill Jacob

Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (Genesis 27:41)

Perhaps he planned to take the inheritance once he killed Jacob. God would not let Esau’s plan succeed and neither would Rebekah.

Today, if a murderer is caught and convicted, he spends the rest of his life in prison or perhaps receives the death penalty. A prisoner can’t enjoy the fruits of an inheritance.

14a) The aftermath

Rebekah was tormented by Esau’s wives, and after she sent Jacob to find a wife from her relatives, she likely never saw him again. When he returned 20 years later, she lay buried in the cave with Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac. (Genesis 49:31-32)

Jacob’s father-in-law deceived him by giving him Leah, Rachel’s sister instead of Rachel after he worked seven years for her hand in marriage. I can only imagine his horror the morning after. And that moment also devastated Leah, too.

b) God is faithful to forgive.

Each of us is born with a destiny. If we seek and obey Him, I believe He enables us to fulfill it.

15) God’s plans fulfilled

I’ve heard it said that God uses broken and flawed people because there isn’t another kind.

If Rebekah didn’t have compelling reasons to send Jacob to Padan-aram for a wife, he might have married a Canaanite.

. . . her significance in Genesis . . . lies in her contribution to the family of Abraham of a pure strain from the same eastern stock, thus transmitting to the founders of Israel both an unmixed lineage and that tradition of separateness from Canaanite and other non-Hebrew elements which has proved the greatest factor in the ethnological marvel of the ages, the persistence of the Hebrew people.5

Jacob endured tests while living away from Rebekah and Isaac, and he encountered God. Esau’s anger subsided by the time his brother returned and they reconciled.

God changes Jacob’s name to Israel, and from him come the twelve tribes. God loved Jacob, and he became a great man of God.

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5 J. Oscar Boyd, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, accessed via

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