Today's passage of Scripture is Genesis 25:24-26 which reads: "And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 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."
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:
God often displayed His sovereign control through prophecies given on the threshold of new historical eras. For example, Adam and Eve; Noah's descendants; Abraham; Jacob and Esau; and Joseph and his brothers. Jacob owed his supremacy to sovereign election, not natural rights. The prophecy found fulfillment as Esau's descendants, the Edomites, were often subjugated by Israel, and at last were included in the Jewish state during the intertestamental period. God's choice of Jacob (the younger) over Esau (the older) is an example of divine sovereign election. God deals justly with all, but He has mercy on some.
Though destined to supplant his brother, Jacob tarnished his name to mean “deceitful” through cunning efforts to gain his brother's privilege. Esau was a profane, rough-and-ready man of the field who shortsightedly gratified his appetite and despised the family's future inheritance. Despite his dishonesty, Jacob had farsightedness to value the inheritance.
Today's quote about the Bible is from Martha Kilpatrick. She said: "Scripture has phenomenal power but unless you submit your mind to its inerrant truth, its power is largely lost to you."
Our topic for today is titled "Jacob and his Tribes" (Part 1) from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
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