Cracking the Genesis Code

Eternal Loss For A Plate Of Lentils

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr


Series Code: CGC

Program Code: CGC000048

01:14 Father in heaven, we thank You so much for the awesome
01:16 privilege of coming into Your presence on Your Holy Sabbath.
01:21 Father, we know that this privilege is going to come to an
01:26 end, sooner rather than later, but we thank You that we can
01:30 still meet freely to open Your word and to study it.
01:33 We ask that as we study this morning the story of Jacob and
01:38 Esau, that Your Holy Spirit will help us learn the lessons
01:42 which will help us in our personal walk with Jesus.
01:46 We thank You for hearing our prayer, for we ask it in the
01:51 precious name of Your beloved Son, Jesus, Amen.
01:59 During the course of this seminar we have been studying
02:05 stories in Genesis which have a prophetic dimension.
02:09 And our theme verse in this series has been Genesis 3:15,
02:17 that famous text that speaks about the warfare between the
02:22 serpent and the woman, and between the serpent's seed
02:26 and the woman's seed.
02:28 Now, you've probably noticed that the book of Genesis has a
02:33 series of twosomes.
02:35 You have the serpent and the woman.
02:38 You have the serpent's seed and the woman's seed.
02:42 You have Cain and Abel.
02:44 The sons of God and the daughters of men.
02:47 Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers.
02:55 Basically the book of Genesis is an amplification
02:59 of Genesis 3:15.
03:02 The story of Esau and Jacob is actually a microcosm
03:12 that illustrates the issues in the great controversy between
03:17 good and evil on planet Earth.
03:21 I would like us to notice how this controversy is introduced
03:26 in Genesis 25:22, 23.
03:31 You see, this story is more than about Jacob and Esau.
03:35 Jacob and Esau are typological, they're symbolic.
03:40 They represent two worldwide groups at the end of time.
03:44 Their characters illustrate the characters of two classes
03:49 of people that will exist till the end of time.
03:52 And we catch this from the very beginning of the story,
03:56 from the moment of their birth.
03:57 Notice Genesis 25:22, 23.
04:07 Was there a great controversy from the womb? Absolutely!
04:40 Now we find very clearly from the very beginning that the
04:44 strong will lose, and the weak will win in this battle,
04:50 or this controversy.
04:51 We'll notice a little bit later on in the story that Jacob
04:57 acquired the birthright, whereas Esau, to whom it originally
05:03 belonged, lost it.
05:05 Jesus, by the way, expressed this same principle
05:08 when He said, The first shall be last,
05:11 and the last first.
05:14 In other words, in this battle between good and evil,
05:18 between righteousness and unrighteousness,
05:21 those who appear to be strong will be the losers,
05:25 and those who appear to be weak will be the winners.
05:29 Now I want you to notice the difference of the characters of
05:35 Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:27.
05:40 We're told there in Genesis 25:27:
05:54 In other words, he was hardened by his experiences.
05:57 And our second text book, Patriarchs and Prophets,
06:00 says that he loved to go and hunt, and when he came back
06:04 he would tell his father about all of his encounters with wild
06:08 animals, and all of his wild experiences while he was
06:11 out in the field.
06:13 He was kind of a barraging type of an individual.
06:17 But notice Jacob.
06:19 It says, but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.
06:25 One mild mannered man, and another a wild,
06:30 raging individual.
06:32 Two different characters.
06:35 In the book, Story of Redemption, page 97,
06:39 we find these very significant words:
06:55 Now the whole controversy in the story of Jacob and Esau
07:00 is found in the issue of the birthright.
07:04 Now, more properly, this can be called the primogeniture.
07:09 It's a word that we don't use much in English.
07:12 In Spanish the word is used.
07:14 It's the word primogenitura.
07:16 The individual who was born first had certain duties,
07:21 and certain responsibilities, and certain privileges,
07:26 I might say. Basically, the pimogeniture, or the firstborn,
07:31 had three privileges:
07:32 1. He was going to be the ruler of his father's household
07:38 when his father should die.
07:40 2. He was going to be the priest.
07:43 He was going to be the spiritual leader of the family.
07:47 And in the 3rd place he would have the privilege of being
07:51 the progenitor of the Messiah.
07:54 Three huge privileges: govern his house according to the
08:00 will of God, lead his household spiritually,
08:04 and have the privilege of eventually bringing the Messiah
08:09 into the world from his lineage, or from his line.
08:14 Now lets read about one day that Esau came in from the field,
08:20 and was just starving, at least in his concept.
08:26 Lets go to Genesis 25:29-34. It says here:
08:35 Evidentially he was a good cook, according to scripture.
08:39 You would expect so because he was a home boy, if you please.
08:43 In other words, he was docile.
08:45 He enjoyed being with his mother.
08:47 And, of course, he learned culinary skills from his Mom.
08:51 And so now Jacob cooked the stew, and Esau came in from
08:55 the field and he was weary.
08:58 And Esau said to Jacob:
09:11 By the way, the name Edom means red.
09:13 In a moment we're going to find out that everything related
09:17 to Esau is red, and there's a very specific purpose for that.
09:21 And now Jacob sees his moment of opportunity.
09:27 But Jacob said,:
09:33 Now if Esau had been in tune with the Lord
09:37 what would he have said?
09:38 No way, I would rather starve than not have the privilege
09:43 of leading my family in the fear of the Lord,
09:45 being the spiritual leader, being the ruler, and having the
09:48 privilege of, from my line, bringing the Messiah
09:50 into the world. I can't sell my spiritual privileges.
09:53 But notice the type of person that Esau was. But Jacob said,
10:08 Of course, that was hyperbole, that was an exaggeration.
10:41 He didn't give it a second thought!
10:49 You see, the problem with Esau is that he looked at the
10:52 privileges of the birthright, but he did not understand
11:00 the responsibilities involved.
11:04 In other words, Esau wanted the power without the necessary
11:08 character. Now Ellen White, in Patriarchs and Prophets,
11:13 page 178... By the way, this is the second textbook that we've
11:17 used in this seminar.
11:18 The first is the Bible.
11:19 ...says this about the character of Esau:
11:43 In other words, being the leader of the household,
11:47 being the spiritual leader, bringing the Messiah into
11:50 the world; he had no interest in that.
11:52 He wanted the power, the rulership, yes, but not the
11:57 responsibilities and the duties.
11:58 She continues saying:
12:11 How did he look at the law? as a what? as a yoke of bondage.
12:44 He believed the law of God was a yoke of bondage.
12:49 He wanted to eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, he said,
12:56 I will die, and that's it.
12:59 Now we can catch a glimpse of what Esau was like when he
13:05 decided whom he was going to marry.
13:07 You see, his father said, when you marry, marry women not from
13:14 Canaan, but from our own parentage.
13:17 And I want you to notice what Esau did in his father's face.
13:21 Notice Genesis 28:6-9.
13:26 He was defiant, and disobedient to his father,
13:29 as well as to God's prescription, that he needed
13:33 to marry someone from the household of faith.
13:35 He became unequally yoked, and to more than one, I might say.
13:39 It says in verse 6:
13:49 Because she was from the household of faith.
14:04 And now notice what Esau does.
14:25 And if you go to chapter 36, you'll find that he married four
14:29 women from Canaan, in his father's face!
14:33 In other words, he was defiantly disobedient to the will of God,
14:38 and to the will of his father.
14:40 He did not want any restraint.
14:42 He lived for this present life, with no regard whatsoever
14:47 for the future life.
14:48 Now I mentioned that the color red is very closely linked
14:53 with Esau. The reason why is because Esau lived by the sword.
15:00 He was a violent man.
15:02 I want you to notice the following examples from
15:06 scripture. We're not going to read them, but we're going
15:08 to just mention them.
15:09 Genesis 25:25 says that when Esau was born,
15:13 he was born red all over.
15:15 Evidentially he was hairy, and his hair was red.
15:18 And that's the reason why his parents called him Edom.
15:25 He was called Esau, of course, but another name of his was
15:29 Edom. And do you know what Edom means?
15:31 Edom means red.
15:33 Not only that, we just read in Genesis 25:30 that Esau
15:40 sold his birthright for some red lentils.
15:46 Furthermore, we find that the name Bozrah,
15:51 another name for Edom, means ripe grapes.
15:57 Significant! And if you go to Isaiah 63:1-5 you'll find that
16:05 both Edom and Bozrah are mentioned in the context
16:11 of the sufferings of Christ, and trampling the wine press,
16:15 and blood splattering all over his clothes.
16:17 In other words, the color red emphasizes bloodshed.
16:21 And this was the type of person that Esau was.
16:25 And eventually he would come against his brother
16:29 to try and destroy him.
16:31 Now as we look at the Bible, and other places where the
16:35 Edomites appear, we discover several characteristics of what
16:40 Esau's descendents were like.
16:42 I'm only going to share these with you in passing.
16:44 All of these characteristics show an impulsive,
16:49 violent people. For example, they were proud and arrogant,
16:55 according to Jeremiah 49:6.
16:58 They were cruel, Obadiah, verse 3.
17:02 They were vengeful; they liked to get revenge, Isaiah 26:12.
17:07 They were idolatrous, 2 Chronicles 25:10, 14.
17:13 They were superstitious.
17:15 In other words, they were involved in spiritualism.
17:19 Jeremiah 27:3, 9.
17:22 They were wheeler-dealers.
17:24 They were very much involved in commerce,
17:27 according to Ezekiel 27:20.
17:31 And one of the worst characteristics is that they
17:33 were traitors to their brothers, in other words,
17:37 to the Israelites, according to Ezekiel 35:5, 10-15.
17:44 And so we begin to catch a glimpse of what this first son
17:51 represents. He represents people who live for the present
17:55 time, without any regard for the future;
17:58 who could care less about their birthright of beings kings
18:03 and priests, and having their lives linked with the Messiah;
18:07 people who live for the present moment,
18:10 who only live for pleasure, with no regard to what's going to
18:15 take place in the future.
18:17 And, of course, we all know the story.
18:21 Jacob's mom, Rachel, said, We cannot allow Esau to have
18:30 the blessing. And so she prepared this plot where Jacob
18:37 deceived his father.
18:38 I'm not going to go over that story.
18:40 Because Rachel said, If we allow Esau to have the birthright,
18:46 it's going to be a disaster.
18:47 By the way, Esau had already sold his birthright.
18:51 So Jacob wasn't really taking anything from him that Esau
18:55 had not already sold.
18:56 But the conniving methods that he used were wrong,
18:59 and Jacob committed this terrible sin of lying,
19:04 of hiding his identity.
19:09 And, of course, God would have worked it out in His own way
19:14 if Jacob and his mother had just been patient.
19:18 By the way, this shows that the end does not justify the means.
19:24 You've heard the expression, All's well that ends well?
19:27 No way! Not if you use the wrong methods.
19:32 You see, situation ethics is off base.
19:37 The idea that you can do something that's wrong,
19:40 as long as what comes from it is right.
19:44 I call it Robin Hood ethics, because it's okay to steal from
19:51 the rich, as long as you give it to the poor.
19:54 No way! God would have worked it out according to
19:59 His own calendar, but Jacob and his mother jumped the gun,
20:03 and Jacob committed this terrible sin that caused
20:07 separation between him and his father, between him and his
20:10 household, between him and his brother.
20:14 Now when Esau came back from hunting and brought the venison
20:20 to his father, and his father told him that he had already
20:25 blessed Jacob, we find Esau crying out with bitter tears.
20:34 In fact, let's notice that in Genesis 27:34, Genesis 27:34.
20:43 It says:
20:59 Notice also chapter 27, and verse 38:
21:19 Was he repentant? Was he sorry?
21:25 He was sorry of the consequences of his decision, but he was not
21:33 sorry that he had made the wrong decision.
21:36 He was sad about the results of sin, but not the sin itself.
21:43 You know, in my Sabbath School class today, I was mentioning
21:45 the case of Judas and Peter.
21:48 You know they are very similar in some ways.
21:50 Both of them betrayed Christ, didn't they?
21:55 Both of them betrayed Christ.
21:58 Both of them repented, according to scripture.
22:03 The word repentance is used for both.
22:06 Where was the difference between the repentance of Peter,
22:09 and the repentance of Judas?
22:11 Judas repented of the fact that his plan backfired.
22:15 He repented that things didn't work out the way he wanted.
22:19 By the way, he wanted Jesus to retaliate, and to escape,
22:23 and to sit on the throne.
22:24 In other words, he wanted to push Jesus into
22:28 proclaiming Himself king.
22:29 When it didn't work out, the Bible says that he threw
22:32 the money down, and he went and he hung himself.
22:35 That's the type of repentance of Esau.
22:39 In fact, we find a reference to this in the book of
22:43 Hebrews 12:14-17.
22:48 Let's read those verses: Hebrews 12:14-17. It says here:
22:58 By the way, Esau was just the opposite.
23:00 He was at war with his brother, he was at war with everyone.
23:35 Like Esau. How was he described?
23:37 a fornicator and a what? a profane person.
24:02 He had crossed the line of no return.
24:07 Concerning this, we find in Patriarchs and Prophets,
24:11 page 181, the following words about the repentance of Esau.
24:36 In other words, he was sorry that he made the wrong choice,
24:41 because of the results, not because the choice
24:44 in itself was wrong.
24:45 This is a counterfeit repentance.
24:49 Now it's interesting to notice that this vile, profane person,
24:54 fornicator, violent, idolatress, arrogant, living for this
24:58 present moment, for the here and now, rather than for the
25:01 sweet by and by; when he saw that Jacob had taken
25:06 his birthright he said, I am going to get even,
25:11 and I am going to kill my own brother.
25:14 By the way, do you notice that this is a battle
25:16 between brothers?
25:18 It's not an outsider versus an insider; both are brothers.
25:23 Do we find this constantly in Genesis?
25:27 We most certainly do!
25:28 Cain and Able were brothers.
25:30 Joseph and his brothers.
25:33 Isaac and Ishmael were brothers.
25:36 And in every case the older brother wants to do what?
25:40 The older brother wants to destroy the younger brother.
25:45 Now I want you to notice here, Genesis 27:41.
26:15 And so, from the very beginning he pronounces the death sentence
26:18 against his brother Jacob.
26:20 Now as a result of his sin, Jacob had to flee from his home.
26:27 Lets notice that in Genesis 27:43.
26:33 This is by recommendation of his mother.
26:36 He now has to leave his happy home because of his sin.
26:39 He has to go to a far away land.
26:41 And as he's traveling, undoubtedly, he's shedding tears
26:45 because he's lost his home because of his sin.
26:48 Notice Genesis 27:43.
27:02 And now I want you to notice something which is of critical
27:05 importance in this story.
27:06 As Jacob is traveling to the household of Laban,
27:12 God now gives Jacob a dream, because at this point Jacob is
27:19 feeling like God has forsaken him because of his sin.
27:22 That God cannot forgive what he's done.
27:25 And he's fleeing from home.
27:27 He's agonizing, he's saying, Has God forsaken me?
27:31 But when he lays down to sleep, puts his head on some stones,
27:35 and God gives him a dream.
27:39 I want you to notice Genesis 28: 12 and following. It says:
28:02 God is saying, See, you're not separated because of your sin.
28:05 At this point Jacob was repentant.
28:07 He had cried out to the Lord for forgiveness. He says:
28:21 Does God promise to give him the land back,
28:23 to bring him back to the land? Absolutely!
28:42 Do you see the same promises that God gave to Abraham?
28:44 He's saying, first of all the land;
28:49 you will have the land back.
28:50 Secondly, you will have an innumerable posterity that
28:56 will live in the land.
28:57 In the third place, all of your descendents will be blessed.
29:02 And then there's a fourth promise.
29:03 Notice verse 15:
29:15 Did God give Jacob definite promises? Yes, He did.
29:20 He said, You've sinned, yes, but you are not forsaken.
29:24 I promise that someday you will have the land,
29:27 an innumerable prosperity, the blessing, and I will protect you
29:32 and I will keep you from the power of your enemies.
29:35 Jacob could take these promises to the bank, and he was going to
29:39 need them later on in this story.
29:41 He's going to remind God of these promises that God gave
29:45 as he left home.
29:46 So notice that when he has to leave home because of his sin,
29:49 his happy home because of his sin, God gives promises,
29:52 and he says, You'll be coming back.
29:54 I have not forsaken you.
29:56 And, of course, that ladder represents whom?
30:00 It represents Christ.
30:03 Through whom will all of these blessings be gained?
30:07 Not the land of Canaan, but the earth.
30:10 Through whom will we have an innumerable host of saved people
30:15 that cannot be numbered, according to Revelation 7?
30:18 Through whom will all of the human race be blessed
30:21 when the curse is removed?
30:23 There will be no more curse.
30:24 And who will deliver His people from their enemies?
30:27 It wasn't Jacob, it wasn't Abraham, it wasn't Isaac,
30:34 it was a prophecy about what Jesus would do on a global,
30:39 worldwide scale. And then, of course, Jacob leaves home.
30:42 He has these promises when he leaves home that God says,
30:45 I'm going to restore you.
30:46 Someday you're going to come back.
30:47 And he ends up in Laban's house.
30:51 There is no more satanic figure in the Bible than Laban.
30:56 When you read the character of Laban, it's just like you're
31:01 reading about the devil.
31:02 Now let me mention a few things about Laban.
31:06 He was a hypocrite.
31:07 He feigned love for his daughters when Jacob left.
31:12 He could care less about his daughters.
31:14 He was a liar, he was a deceiver, he was an accuser,
31:23 he was a thief; all characteristics that are
31:28 mentioned in scripture about the devil.
31:30 In other words, Jacob ends up in the household of an individual
31:35 who has a character just like the devil, and makes the life of
31:38 Jacob what? miserable while he's away from home.
31:43 In fact, notice Genesis 31:7.
31:58 Notice the episode about his daughters, Genesis 31:26-29:
32:34 What a hypocrite! He was only concerned with appearances.
32:40 Notice Genesis 31:41, 42, the dishonesty of this man,
32:46 self-serving, that made the life of Jacob difficult.
32:51 By the way, was this experience in Laban's house
32:53 useful to Jacob? Did he learn to be industrious?
32:58 Did he learn to trust evermore in the Lord?
33:01 He most certainly did.
33:03 So it wasn't wasted time to live in the house of this
33:06 conniving, self-serving individual.
33:09 It was actually helpful for him to keenly sharpen his powers
33:14 of discernment and his work ethic.
33:17 Notice Genesis 31:41, 42.
33:34 Every time he prospers he says, now we've got to reduce
33:37 your salary a little bit.
33:38 Now this sounds familiar in our world today.
33:56 And so Jacob spends twenty years in the house of this demonic
34:02 figure. But at the end of the twenty years, Jacob decides that
34:08 it's time to return to Canaan.
34:12 And here's where this story becomes very interesting,
34:15 and unless you come to our next lecture, you're only going to
34:18 have half of the story.
34:22 Because today we're just dealing with Jacob and Esau,
34:25 their characters, how Jacob had to leave home.
34:27 He ended up in the household of the enemy, and so on.
34:30 We're just going to briefly touch upon the events
34:33 that take place immediately before Jacob re-enters the land
34:39 of Canaan that lost because of his sin.
34:42 In Genesis 32:6 we find the story of Esau, still bent on
34:50 destroying his brother, because his brother had the birthright,
34:54 because his brother now was going to be the king,
34:56 and the priest, and the progenitor of the Messiah.
34:59 Now he's coming with four hundred men, with the intention
35:03 of killing his brother, and everybody with him.
35:06 In Genesis 32:6 we find these words:
35:27 What do we call this?
35:28 We call it the time of Jacob's trouble.
35:34 when his brother, who lived with only regard to this life,
35:40 is now preparing to come and destroy his own brother;
35:45 the one who has the birthright, the one who has the promises
35:50 and the blessings of the covenant.
35:52 He's now coming, and Jacob is now afraid, and he's distressed.
35:56 He's afraid that God is not going to be able to protect him,
35:59 or to take care of him, because of the great sin
36:02 that he had committed twenty years earlier.
36:07 Had God already told him that his sin was forgiven?
36:11 Had God told him that his sin was forgiven?
36:13 Why did God even bother to give him the dream?
36:16 God was saying, listen, you're forgiven.
36:19 You're going to get the land back.
36:20 You're going to have a large posterity.
36:22 The blessing is going to come upon you.
36:24 I'm going to take care of you.
36:25 I'm going to protect you.
36:27 Don't worry about it.
36:28 Your enemies are not going to have ascendency over you.
36:31 But here we find Jacob afraid.
36:33 He says, I'm afraid that my brother, along with these
36:36 four hundred men, is going to destroy me,
36:39 along with my family.
36:40 And so Jacob now pours out his heart in prayer to the God
36:46 who had spoken to him in the dream twenty years earlier.
36:50 Notice Genesis 32:9-12.
37:13 Do you notice what his attitude is?
37:16 He feels his what?
37:18 I want you to remember these details.
37:20 He feels his total unworthiness.
37:31 I have no right to pray to You.
37:34 I am a sinner. I have no right to claim Your protection.
37:38 It's only because I lay myself on Your mercy
37:42 that I even come and address You.
37:44 Verse 11: Deliver me, I pray from the hand of my brother,
37:52 not because I have any merit, but because of Your mercy.
37:55 Deliver me, I pray...
38:14 What is Jacob claiming during this period of agony,
38:18 and struggle, and prayer?
38:20 He's claiming God's what? God's promises.
38:26 In his unworthiness he's claiming the promises of God.
38:30 Remember that! You know, there's an interesting passage,
38:33 if I can get ahead of myself a little bit.
38:35 There's an interesting passage in The Great Controversy,
38:38 actually it's a whole chapter called,
38:39 The Time of Jacob's Trouble.
38:42 And all of the elements that we're looking at now,
38:46 plus what we're going to study more fully in our next lecture,
38:48 are found in that chapter of The Great Controversy.
38:52 In other words, what took place once with Jacob,
38:56 is going to take place at the end of time with God's remnant
39:00 people, as the wicked of the earth come to destroy
39:03 God's people from the face of the earth.
39:07 Now as Jacob is pouring out his prayer to God,
39:10 in his unworthiness...
39:11 By the way, the only way we can approach the throne of God
39:13 is in our unworthiness.
39:15 We can't make any demands on God.
39:17 We're sinners; He's Holy.
39:21 It's only because of God's mercy, and because God has
39:24 promised that we can claim His promises.
39:25 If God promises, we can claim them, because God never gives
39:29 a promise that He's not able, or willing to fulfill.
39:32 Now notice Genesis 32, as he's pouring out his soul to God
39:38 asking for forgiveness for a sin that he committed twenty years
39:40 earlier. And as he's asking God to protect him, we find that a
39:47 man caught up to him, and started wrestling with him.
39:51 Notice Genesis 32:24-26:
40:00 Quite a wrestling match!
40:08 That who didn't prevail against whom?
40:14 That the man could not prevail against him,
40:17 because it continues saying:
40:22 Who touched the socket of his hip?
40:24 The man that he was struggling with.
40:33 Do you think Jacob was in excruciating pain?
40:36 Have you ever had a dislocated hip, or a dislocated shoulder?
40:43 You're talking about an excruciating pain.
40:45 It would have been very easy...
40:46 By the way, at this point does Jacob know that he's not
40:49 struggling with a common, ordinary human being?
40:51 Oh, yes, he does.
40:53 Just by touching him dislocating his hip?
40:56 He says, there's something more than meets the eye here.
40:59 And yet in spite of the fact that he's in excruciating pain,
41:02 does Jacob let him lose? No!
41:06 Notice chapter 32 and verse 26, this being says to him:
41:30 Do you know that Jacob, at this point, had not been able to
41:32 to forgive himself?
41:35 Do we need to learn a lesson about forgiveness folks?
41:38 You know, sometimes we commit a sin, and after we've committed
41:44 the sin, we repent and we confess it to God,
41:48 but in the course of time we're never able to forgive ourselves.
41:52 We always keep bringing it up and remembering it.
41:55 I once had a parishioner, she came to me, she says,
41:58 Pastor Bohr, I have this sin, and I don't feel that God has
42:03 forgiven me for it.
42:04 I said, Oh really?
42:05 Have you repented of it? Yes.
42:06 Have you confessed it? Yes.
42:07 I said, If you've repented and confessed, the Bible says,
42:12 if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
42:14 our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
42:18 I said, so you're forgiven.
42:22 She says, but Pastor, I don't feel forgiven.
42:24 And I said to her, listen, feelings have nothing
42:28 to do with it. You don't believe that you're forgiven,
42:31 because you feel it, but because God says so.
42:36 If God says, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
42:40 to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all
42:42 unrighteousness, you can take it to the bank, not because you
42:45 feel it, but because God says it.
42:47 We have to learn to live by what God says,
42:50 not by our feelings; by every word that proceeds
42:55 from the mouth of God.
42:57 And so He says, Let me go, and Jacob says, No way
43:00 until I have the assurance that I'm forgiven, and that You're
43:03 going to be able to protect me and my family
43:05 from the enemy who is coming.
43:07 And now notice Genesis 32:27, 28.
43:16 He says to Jacob...
43:18 By the way, the name Jacob means supplanter.
43:21 Do you know that Jacob actually tried to supplant his brother
43:27 from the moment that he was in the womb?
43:28 It says that he grabbed his brother by the heel,
43:32 because he was trying to pull Esau down so that he
43:36 could be born first.
43:37 And then, of course, he supplanted his brother
43:41 by taking his birthright.
43:42 But had the character of Jacob changed?
43:47 Yes, it had. He was a repentant man, claiming the promises
43:52 of God, humbled by his experience, having learned
43:56 for twenty years in the household of the enemy.
44:03 And so it says in chapter 32 and verse 28:
44:16 The name Israel means, Prince of God.
44:28 You have struggled with men, and with whom?
44:31 Who was that man that Jacob was struggling with?
44:35 That man was nothing less than Michael the Archangel.
44:44 You say, How do you know that?
44:45 Go with me to the book of Hosea 12:3, 4.
44:49 There it comes through very clearly.
44:50 Genesis says it was a man.
44:52 Hosea explains who this man was.
44:56 It says there in Hosea 12:3, 4, speaking about Jacob,
45:01 He took his brother by the heel in the womb,
45:05 and in his strength he struggled with God.
45:08 He struggled with whom? with God.
45:13 Yes, he struggled with the angel and prevailed.
45:17 He wept, and sought favor from him.
45:22 Favor from whom? from the angel.
45:26 Did you catch that or not?
45:29 It says he struggled with God, then it says that he struggled
45:33 with the what? with the angel, and he wept and sought favor
45:37 from him; that is from the angel.
45:39 Who is this angel? This angel is Jesus.
45:42 By the way, as we'll notice in our next lecture,
45:44 in Daniel chapter 3, when Nebuchadnezzar sees four men
45:49 in the furnace, he says, I see four men, and the fourth man
45:52 looks like the Son of God.
45:57 But a little bit later on, Nebuchadnezzar said that God
46:00 sent his angel to deliver His servants.
46:02 So who is the angel?
46:04 The angel is the Son of God.
46:06 This is Michael, the archangel; Christ in His
46:10 pre-incarnate state.
46:11 Who was Jacob wrestling with?
46:14 He was wrestling with Jesus.
46:17 By the way, is this story going to be repeated again?
46:23 Allow me to go now through this story very quickly
46:28 to see how it is going to be re-enacted in the end time
46:32 with God's people.
46:33 Are there going to be two groups in the world at the end of time
46:38 that manifest the characteristics of Jacob
46:42 Esau? Absolutely!
46:44 Is the final war going to be brother against brother,
46:49 spiritually speaking?
46:52 Is the weaker going to have ascendency eventually
46:57 over the stronger? Absolutely!
47:01 You can notice, for example, Revelation 3:9 where it says
47:04 that the synagogue of Satan, which are the powers
47:06 of the world that have ascendency, will come and they
47:10 will worship before the feet of those whom God has loved.
47:17 Has God promised those of His followers that they
47:22 will be kings and priests?
47:23 Revelation 1:5 says that Jesus has made us kings and priests.
47:29 Are we the firstborn then? Absolutely!
47:32 Do we have the privilege someday of living with the Messiah?
47:36 Absolutely! So the Birthright that belonged to Jacob actually
47:41 is our birthright in Christ.
47:43 The right, someday, of being kings and priests, and dwelling
47:48 with the Messiah, who gave us that birthright.
47:52 Will those who have the character of Esau in the end
47:58 time despise God's holy law?
48:02 Will they consider that the law of God is a yoke of bondage?
48:06 Will they live in this world as if there is no other world,
48:10 for the present pleasures of life, and sell their eternal
48:15 birthright as kings and priests, the privilege of living with the
48:19 Messiah forever; sell it, so to speak, for a plate of lentils,
48:24 for temporary, momentary pleasures, things in this life?
48:32 Absolutely! By the way, did we lose our home
48:35 as a result of our sin?
48:38 What was our home? Eden.
48:42 Did God promise Adam and Eve the very day that they sinned
48:46 that Eden would be recovered?
48:48 Did He give them a Messianic prophecy? Absolutely!
48:53 Genesis 3:15, He says, I'm going to send a seed to the world,
48:57 and He's going to do battle with the serpent, and He's going to
49:00 crush the serpent's head, and you are going to be restored.
49:04 So God's people receive a Messianic prophecy,
49:07 a glimmer of hope just like Jacob did when he had to flee
49:11 his home. Where did we end up when we left our Eden home?
49:16 In whose house? In Laban's house, so to speak.
49:22 What kind of a being is Satan?
49:25 Is he like Laban? He most certainly is.
49:27 Is he a conniver?
49:29 Is he a deceiver?
49:31 Is he a liar? He has all of those traits.
49:35 Is he self-serving?
49:37 Will he make it look like he's doing things for your good, and
49:42 someone else's good, when he's really doing it for himself?
49:44 He's just like Laban.
49:47 Will he want to keep us serving him forever to serve his own
49:52 purposes? Yes. In other words, we ended up in Laban's house.
49:59 Is it a blessing to be in Laban's house,
50:01 in a certain sense?
50:03 What does God want us to do while we're in Laban's house?
50:06 Work hard, occupy until I come, Jesus said, and keep our eyes
50:13 open to the possibility of deception, and not allow Laban,
50:19 so to speak, to gain the ascendency over us,
50:21 and have the assurance that God is going to bless us,
50:23 and He's going to keep us like He did Jacob,
50:26 even in the midst of being in Laban's conniving household.
50:32 Are God's people going to go through a severe time of trouble
50:36 shortly before we return to our home which we lost? Absolutely!
50:42 It's called the time of Jacob's trouble, and it's mentioned in
50:48 Daniel 12:1. We're going to study about
50:49 this time of trouble.
50:50 It's an amazing story; very profoundly biblical.
50:54 If you've wondered where Ellen White is getting her
50:55 information from when she has that chapter in
50:58 The Great Controversy, you've got to come to the next lecture,
51:00 because we're going to study this in detail.
51:03 The fulfillment is found in Daniel 11:44 where the powers
51:08 of the earth go out bent on destroying God's people
51:13 at the end of time.
51:14 And then it says, At that time Michael shall stand up.
51:19 That's the angel.
51:21 Michael shall stand up, that prince which stands watch
51:26 over the children of Your people.
51:27 And there will be such a time of trouble such as never
51:31 has been seen. But at that time Your people will be what?
51:37 delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.
51:41 This story, once again, is going to be repeated.
51:47 What are God's people going to claim during this time
51:51 of severe trouble?
51:52 Will they in humility say to God, We depend on Your mercy,
51:57 we depend on Your promises? Absolutely!
52:00 And it will be only thing that will sustain God's people
52:03 as the powers of the earth come with the intention of destroying
52:07 God's people. And, by the way, do you know that God's people,
52:12 will struggle in the time of trouble, struggle with Jesus
52:16 spiritually in prayer, because at the end we're dealing
52:19 with worldwide spiritual events.
52:22 That little microcosm back there,
52:25 that little maudlin miniature story, really illustrates
52:28 worldwide global events and spiritual issues.
52:32 It's no longer literal Israel, and literal Esau.
52:37 It is spiritual Israel, and people who have the character
52:42 of Esau. And, by the way, when God's people eventually prevail,
52:46 do you know that Revelation 3:12 says that they will
52:51 receive a new name?
52:56 Those who overcome will receive a what? a new name.
53:03 And then let me ask you, will God's people once again return
53:09 to the land which God promised? Absolutely!
53:12 The meek will inherit the earth.
53:15 Will God's people be in a land where there's no longer
53:19 any curse? Revelation 22:3 says the curse is gone.
53:23 All is blessing. Was that one of the promises that God made
53:26 to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob? Yes.
53:31 Will God's people have been delivered from their enemies,
53:34 and now be safe in the kingdom? Absolutely!
53:38 And will God's people be in the midst of a multitude
53:42 which no man can number?
53:44 According to Revelation 7, Yes.
53:47 All of these promises, claimed during the time of trouble
53:52 by God's people, will be eventually fulfilled on a global
53:56 worldwide scale with God's people.
53:59 Now before we bring this to a close, I need to ask
54:06 the question, are we living for this present age?
54:12 Are we living for the here and now, rather than looking to the
54:15 sweet by and by?
54:19 The houses we buy.
54:21 The automobiles we drive.
54:24 The money we keep stored in the bank, while the work of God
54:29 languishes. The luxurious clothing that we wear.
54:35 The expensive toys that we buy.
54:39 Is this, perhaps, telling us that maybe we're looking to the
54:45 here and now rather than to the sweet by and by?
54:48 Notice what the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:17, 18.
54:55 Are we selling our heavenly birthright for temporal,
54:58 present pleasures?
55:01 Could it happen to me?
55:03 It certainly could.
55:05 Notice what the apostle Paul says:
55:12 See, our affliction now is but for a moment.
55:19 See, our present affliction is light.
55:22 It's small compared to the glory that's going to come.
55:24 Notice this.
55:34 What do we look at?
55:36 Not what's seen, but what's not seen.
55:41 That's our houses, our cars, our money, our clothes,
55:45 our toys, whatever it is. It says:
55:59 One final story. We find in Hebrews 11 the story of Moses.
56:03 You know, Moses was in line to be the next Pharaoh of Egypt,
56:08 and God said to him, I want you to go to the desert
56:10 with a rebellious people who are always going to be
56:12 criticizing you. There's going to be heat,
56:14 there's going to be snakes, you know.
56:16 They're going to want to stone you all of the time.
56:18 Instead of becoming the next Pharaoh of Egypt, and have all
56:23 of the wealth, and all of the fame, and all of the power,
56:26 I want you to choose to go out into the desert
56:28 with this people.
56:29 What would you have chosen? Good question.
56:34 Better a bird in hand than two in the bush?
56:38 That's the philosophy of many.
56:41 But it says in Hebrews 11 that Moses preferred affliction
56:49 with the people of God, than having the temporary,
56:54 and momentary pleasures of sin.
56:57 In fact, he was sustained, it says in Hebrews 11,
57:02 by seeing Him who is invisible.
57:09 Invisible means you can't see it, but he was sustained seeing
57:12 Him who is invisible.
57:14 May that be our experience as well.


Revised 2014-12-17