Bible Study Notes on Genesis 28 – 20161120

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Genesis 28:1  “…You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan”
It’s hard to know what transpired before now between Isaac and Rebekah and their sons.  I wonder if they ever shared with them God’s work in their lives and how important it was that they follow Him.  I wonder if things would have been different had they spoke of the need for the young men to find wives outside Canaan as they were growing up.

2  “…take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother”
No aversion to marrying a cousin, which is what Isaac is telling Jacob to do.

4  “…That you may inherit the land…”
Passing on the promise.  He’s leaving the land at the moment, but the intent is for him to return.

6-9  “Esau saw…So Esau went to Ishmael…”
Totally out of spite toward his parents.  Esau is completely self centered, but there is enough blame to go around.  Emphasizes the importance of both parents’ involvement in their children’s lives.

10  “…Jacob…went toward Haran”
Headed north northeast to Syria.  No mention of anyone going with him, but it is possible that he had a few attendants.

12  “…a ladder was set up on the earth…”
A heavenly connection with earth.  God is letting him see that he’s not isolated on the journey, God is aware of him.

13-15  God appears and officially gives the promise to Jacob.

18  “…set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it”
Created a memorial spot and designated it as holy by consecrating it with oil.  The Hebrews would do the same with kings and such later.  Samuel consecrated David as king by anointing his head with oil.

20  “…If God will be with me…”
Not a conditional statement.  God had just told him that He would be with him, so Jacob is acknowledging that.  Since God, the God of Abraham and his father, is going to be with him then He will also be Jacob’s God.

22  “…I will surely give a tenth to You”
Wondered about the tenth.  Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth when he realized he was a priest of God most high.  Commentary says ten was considered the whole, so giving a tenth was designating someone as part of the family, the place of honor.  Giving God a tenth was acknowledging His sovereign right to all.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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