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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jacob: Deceiver Extraordinaire

August 13

(Genesis 25:21 NIV) "Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant."

(Genesis 25:24-26 NIV) "When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. {25} The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. {26} After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them."

(Genesis 27:36 NIV) "Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?""

Jacob was born marked to become a great man of God, but like many of us, he took the long way around. Jacob inherited a legacy of faith from his grandfather, Abraham, and his father, Isaac. He also inherited a name that means “he deceives”. Jacob spent much of his life living down to his name. He was a liar and a manipulator. Before he became an old man, he had deceived just about everyone significant in his life at least once or twice. Let’s not sugarcoat this -- deception is just a polite term for lying. It may be an asset in times of war, but it is not conducive to healthy relationships. Lies and deception are like dead fish in a pond. They will always rise to the surface and they will always stink. Jacob ended up in some very “smelly” situations during his lifetime. The lesson for us today is this: no one enjoys being around someone who smells like dead fish. Stop lying! – Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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