Isaac Esau & Jacob

JACOB WHOSE NAME WAS CHANGED TO ISRAEL

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Abrahams son Isaac, was forty years old when he married Rebekah, Rebekah gave birth to twin boys called, Esau and Jacob.
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Esau was a hairy man and grew to be a hunter.
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Jacob was his mother’s favourite, whilst Esau was his father’s.
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One day Esau said to Jacob, “Give me a meal for my inheritance.”
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The deal was done for a bowl of bean soup.
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Isaac who was blind called Esau and said, “My son, catch a deer cook and then I will  give you the inheritance.”
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Rebekah said to Jacob, “I will cook a meal, you give it to your father and you will receive the inheritance”.
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Then she put goat skin on the back of his hands and neck.
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Isaac was confused, because he heard Jacob, but smelled Esau.
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So Isaac felt him and asked, “Are you really my son Esau?”
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Jacob replied, “Yes I am”
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Then Isaac blessed Jacob with the inheritance.
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When Esau found out he growled, “He has stolen my inheritance, I will kill him.”
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Rebekah told Jacob, “Esau is planning to kill you. Go to my brother Laban and stay there.”
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So Jacob journeyed to his uncle Laban.
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That evening Jacob had a dream and the Lord spoke;
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 “I am the Lord God of Abraham and Isaac. This land shall be given to you, and to your children.”
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The next day Jacob built an altar and worshipped the Lord.
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Whilst Jacob was at a well Rachel, Laban’s daughter came with her sheep.
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“I am Jacob, Rebekah’s son. My mother is the sister of your father Laban.”
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Jacob said to his uncle, “I will work for you for seven years, if you will let me marry Rachel.”
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But the veiled woman that Jacob married, was not Rachel, but was Rachel’s sister Leah. When confronted Laban said;
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 “The older sister must marry first.”
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So Jacob worked another seven years to marry Rachael.
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Jacob loved Rachael.
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 “Return to the land of your fathers, and I will be with you.”
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After God spoke, Jacob started the journey. On route, messengers came to him saying;
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 “Esau is coming to meet you, with four hundred men!”
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Jacob was terrified, so he prayed for help and sent Esau some livestock as a gift.
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That night a man wrestled with Jacob and said;
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 “From now on, you shall be called I-s-r-a-e-l”
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Israel saw Esau coming and to his astonishment. Esau greeted him with favour.
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Israel had twelve sons by four wives. These twelve sons became known as the twelve tribes of Israel, or the chil
ren of Israel.

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