Sept 2003




Part 31


We pick up the story of Jacob with the story of apparent deceit.

Chapter 27:

Verse 1.    "And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I."

Verse 2.    . "And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death."

Verse 3.    "Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;"

Verse 4.    . "And make me a savory meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat that my soul may bless thee before I die."

Verse 5.    "And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

This means that Isaac was allowing Esau to be at his own level of experience, but Esau was not suitable to be the leader of the tribe because he had gone down too far into the physical. Rebekah tells Jacob to go unto his father to show him that he could also be at a lower level even though he was of a higher mental level.

Verse 9.   "Go now to the flock (the flock of sheep which is thought), and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savory meat for they father, such as he loveth:." 

Verse10.    "And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary says; "Esau was a hunter . . . he finds his pleasures in the realm of animal forces. The cravings of the lower nature are in the ascendancy - Esau gave his birthright to appease his hunger it was necessary to supplant and suppress him."

This is the meaning of the deception by Jacob and Rebekah. The mental must gain the supremacy and the physical must hunger. The red pottage mentioned in the Scripture's symbology refers to the life substance of the body. The natural man is first in man's evolution. First that which is natural, then that which is Spirit, says Paul. We all agree that a strong body is required to express a strong mind; that is the divine plan. The men for the new race will have robust bodies; they will not be weaklings mentally or physically. Healing of the body is judgmental in the out working of God's perfect man idea. The natural man is not wise. Esau was a hunter, and he loved sport better than spirit. He was not seeking development through soul culture, and in order to carry forward the whole man it was losing its prominence. This is what Jacob and Rebekah did, they got Isaac (I am) to acknowledge the mind as first in consciousness.

Jacob went to another country, which represents apparent separation. This takes him off on his journey, which he has to do by himself. Both Esau and Jacob were dependent upon their father, so they had to be kicked out into the world in order to be able to take their own pathway. They have learned as much as they can from Isaac, and must no longer be dependent on him for either their spiritual training or for physical welfare.

Esau takes off with his family, and goes toward the south probably towards the land of the Philistines. Jacob is sent off to Laban, but he has a few adventures on his way before he even gets there - back to Esau.

Verse 34.    "And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even also O my father."

This is what people do. They indulge in all the physical aspects of life, and they ignore the spiritual. Then all of a sudden when they are deprived of something, maybe they lose a limb, it's Father please help me, bless me. We seem to turn to God in need but we forget God all the time we are off doing our thing. But this person that is studying and turns to God, this is who gets the birthright. Esau said he would slay Jacob. Typical reaction! There is a little more to Esau - yet in the next chapter.

Verse 42.    "And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah, and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, thy brother Esau as touching thee, doth comfort himself purposing to kill thee."

Verse 43.    "Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise flee thee to Laban my brother to Hara;"

Verse 44.    "And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;"

It was not a few days - eventually he stayed there twenty one years.. It seems Isaac gained similar ideas to Rebekah.

Verse 46.    "And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth (wives of Esau); if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughter of the land, what good shall my life do me:"

Chapter 28:

Verse 1.    "And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, thou shalt not take a wife of the daughter of Canaan."

Verse 2.    "Arise, go to Padanaram (substance lifted to a broad level place), to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother."

Verse 3.    "And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;

Jacob sure carried out that part of his destiny

Verse 4.    "And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham."

Verse 5.    "And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother."

Now this is typical action of one who finds that things have not gone their way.

Verse 6.    "When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, 'Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;

Verse 7.    "And Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;.

 This means he is going to be the head of the tribe because he is to get the spiritual training that should have been Esau's before he sold his birthright. (George Lamsa, the well known translator of the Aramaic Bible, was in just such a position when he was sent to the local Bishop and then on to Canterbury - never to return to take up the leadership of his tribe.)

Verse 8.    "And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan please not his father;

Verse 9.   "Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife..

Did he not then compound his first error by taking a third wife from Ishmael's family, by Hagar the Egyptian, whose seed was going to be in contention with those of Isaac for ever, - even as is proven, unto this day.

We now come to the most instructive and amazingly accurate discussion of how we react to circumstances, and the consequences of those reactions. The study of the Old Testament is much neglected as being just stories. But the insight into the results of going against God's will and following our own desires is so great that much more study of Jacob and his life would be fruitful. 

Verse 10.   "And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

Beersheba mean well of the oath - this was the covenant that Abraham who first dug the well, made with Abimelech. This was between the spiritual and the material. 

"The outer man must have his place until such time as the spiritual shall have reached the degree of unfoldment wherein it can transmute the physical into spiritual thought and manifestation." Metaphysical Bible Dictionary.

We considered this aspect in Gospel of Thomas in this issue. You will see how Jacob fared in the tasks he was set to achieve this transmutation, and the lessons we may learn from his errors.


January 2004