|Spiritual lessons for Christians 6
The Fear of Humility (the return
Scripture Text: Genesis
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two
manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people
shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were
twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they
called his name Esau.
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's
heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years
old when she bare them.
Notes: ESAU ("hairy, rough"); for at birth he "came
out red (from whence his name EDOM), all over like an hairy garment"
(Genesis 25:25). The animal appearance marked his sensual, self willed,
untamed nature, in which the moral, spiritual elements were low. Secar,
"hairy," may have also originated the designation of his territory,
mount Sier, i.e." thickly wooded," as he was in person "hairy."
ESAU = EDOM The Nation or Tribe Edomites
JACOB ("supplanter", or "holding the heel".) Esau's
twin brother, but second in point of priority. Son of Isaac, then 60
years old, and Rebekah. As Jacob "took his brother by the heel
(the action of a wrestler) in the womb" (Hosea 12:3), so the spiritual
Israel, every believer, having no right in himself to the inheritance,
by faith when being born again of the Spirit takes hold of the bruised
heel, the humanity, of Christ crucified, "the Firstborn of many
JACOB = ISRAEL The Nation of Israel
And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field;
and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red
pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit
shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and
he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat
and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
Notes: Birthright - this word denotes the special privileges
and advantages belonging to the first-born son among the Jews.
Notes: Jacob had a visitation leaving Esau and a visitation coming
back to stand before Esau (read Genesis 28:10-19).
Jacob Wrestles with God
Gen 32:22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his
two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
Gen 32:23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over
that he had.
Gen 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him
until the breaking of the day.
Gen 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched
the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of
joint, as he wrestled with him.
Gen 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said,
I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Gen 32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel:
for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Gen 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name.
And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he
blessed him there.
Gen 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have
seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Gen 32:31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he
halted upon his thigh.
Gen 32:32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which
shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because
he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:
but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the
children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the
9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara
shall have a son.
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even
by our father Isaac;
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good
or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand,
not of works, but of him that calleth;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for
one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the
blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though
he sought it carefully with tears.
Pastor Larry F. Gregg