Summary of passages: Genesis 27:42-28:9: Rebekah hears Esau’s plans to kill Jacob so she sends for Jacob and tells him to go and live with her brother Laban in Haran until Esau’s temper cools. She tells Isaac she doesn’t want Jacob to marry a Hittite woman so Isaac blesses him and commands him to go to Paddan Aram to the house of his mother’s father Bethuel and take a wife from the daughters of Laban. He blessed him again with fruitfulness and with the blessing given to Abraham.
Esau learned what had happened and he took a wife from Ishmael’s line in an effort to please his father.
Hebrews 12:6-14: The Lord disciplines those He loves and punishes everyone He accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline for God is treating you as a son. For if you are not disciplines then you are not sons of God. Everyone is disciplined. God disciplines us for our good so we may share in His holiness.
Discipline is never pleasant but it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.
10) Jacob got sent away from the only home he has known. He has to endure Laban. He is tricked into marrying Leah. He had to work for 14 years to have Rachel. He slept with her maidservant when she couldn’t have kids (sound familiar?). He has to flee from Laban.
Rebekah spends the rest of her days without Jacob. She dies before he returns-never seeing him again or getting the chance to say good-bye.
11) Just the fact that Isaac is giving Jacob the blessing willingly when he really wants to give it to Esau shows he trusts God when God chose Jacob to be the heir. He trusts God to find a wife for Jacob. He blesses Jacob with the same blessing God has blessed him with: bless him financially and multiply in number and take possession of the Promised Land.