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title pic The Faith of Jacob

Posted by Lorren on September 23, 2016

This week in my son’s Bible class, I was reminded of a situation where principals mattered, and the person posed with the question of whether to do the right or wrong thing chose to do the wrong thing, and faced the consequences as a result.

The situation in question was that of Jacob. Prior to his birth, his mother, Rebecca, was told that Jacob was the promised son where his promised people would spring from. God HATED Esau, because although Esau was born with the birthright, he was willing to sell it because he was hungry.

Fast-forward several years. Isaac is dying, and it’s time to give the blessing. Isaac thinks that Esau is supposed to get it, because he was the firstborn (I’m not sure if he knew about the prophesy given to Rebecca about Jacob being the promised son, or if his favoritism to Esau blinded him). Either way, while Esau was hunting, Rebecca told Jacob to go trick his dad into giving him the blessing.

Jacob’s protest was not “it’s wrong to lie mom, I can’t do that.” It was “if I get caught, he’s going to curse me instead.” Rebecca probably couldn’t have countered the first argument, but she did counter the argument given, telling him that “if he gives you a curse, it will be upon my head” or something like that.

So Jacob lied. He paid for it in many ways. He angered his brother, had to run away from him, never saw his mom alive again, was tricked by his father-in-law, and saw misbehavior from his kids, probably all stemming from this incident (or the character traits that Jacob had that led to this incident).

If Jacob had told the truth and had refused to trick his dad, do we think that God would have allowed Isaac to bless Esau, whom He HATED? I don’t think so. Maybe Rebecca would have intervened. Maybe God would have stopped Isaac prior to giving the blessing, like he did for Abraham when he was about to sacrifice his son Isaac. Either way, Esau wouldn’t have been blessed, no matter what.

Today, people have the faith of Jacob.  They think, “I have to vote for Trump because the alternative is Hillary, and she’s worse.”  So they plan to vote for him, even though he has none of the characteristics of a good leader, as defined in various places in the Bible.  He’s a liar, a whoremonger, an adulterer, proud, someone that takes advantage of the poor and widows, a bully… these are all things that God hates.  Anybody living by their principals could not vote for him.  I’m not saying that Clinton doesn’t have bad traits herself (she may not have all of the above traits, but I could add a few more onto her list).  There is no godly choice, and I don’t even believe that there is a “lesser” of these two evils.

I’m voting for a 3rd party that I know will not win, and I will let God sort everything else out.  He’s the One that lifts up and brings down leaders anyway.  Perhaps these two poisonous candidates are God’s way of bringing judgement to this society.  Whether the earthly outcome is good or bad, it’s not up to me to say.  It is up to me to do the right thing, even if it doesn’t make any sense.

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