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There are a number of different theories as to the meaning of Genesis 6:3: 120 years to the flood One common interpretation is that it's not talking about lifespan, but the amount of time humanity has to repent before the coming of the Flood.1,2 Aside: Genesis 7:6 tells us that Noah was 600 years old when the flood came, placing the flood 1656 years after ...


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The short answer is "To teach Jacob an important lesson." This all takes place, of course, in Genesis 32. First, to your first question: Jacob wasn't "good" by any means. If you look at Jacob before this, he has stolen the blessing that was Esau's birthright. (Genesis 27). He had several children with women he didn't love, and was certainly no great ...


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Names were considered to be meaningful in some way. For example, the younger of Isaac's twin sons with Rebekah was named Jacob ("supplanter") because when he was born he was holding on to Esau's heel, as if attempting to overtake him. (Genesis 25: 24-26) After Jacob's wrestle with the angel, when he demanded a blessing from the Lord, the angel pronounced ...


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Having read the lyrics, I'm not convinced this has anything to do with the biblical Jacob at all. There is no other reference, except for an oblique reference to Israel. If one does assume that this is the Jacob who became Israel (hence Jews only), then the "sleeping sons of Jacob" would probably refer to the lost 10 tribes of Israel. After Israel was ...


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Genesis 28:18 (NLT) The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. Olive oil was very important in ancient Israel. It was used for not only as food and for cooking, but also for lighting, sacrificial offerings, ointment, ...


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I think that the lesson learned here is essentially the same one as the parenthood dispute in King Solomon's court: regardless of who the blessing actually originally belonged to by birth, it ended up going to the one who could truly appreciate its worth. We have here the story of Jacob, a man of spiritual sensitivity, contrasted with his brother Esau, who ...


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Ultimately, there was a very practical effect - the descendants of Esau (the Edomites) never prospered in the way that the descendants of Jacob (the Israelites) did. This lesson was not lost on the exilic descendants of the Israelites, as noted here in Malachi: 2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was ...


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I think you may be adding unnecessary implications to the text. Genesis 28:5 ESV Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. Jacob was sent to live at Laban's house for a while. Clearly he was rushed because of Esau, but there's no indication that ...


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I agree with Mason, in the OT (Old Testament) names are given almost as an adjective about that person or the circumstances of their birth (Read Gen 30:1-24) A change in name is a change in God's description of you. This usually means God changing your circumstance or some part of your life to fulfill His ultimate plan for you. In the case of Israel; if ...


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It is possible that the genetic engineering techniques practiced were part useless and part real. The attempt to imprint color on the hide of sheep by seeing stripes during intercourse is folklore. However, by coincidence/destiny the majority of sheep who underwent this silly attempt may have had recessive genes that produced color in subsequent generations ...


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Esau despised his birthright. In order to understand this, first we need to understand what it means in this context to "despise" and also what the birthright was. What was a birthright? An abundance of sources will tell you that in the Ancient Near East context, the birthright goes to the eldest son. All sons receive a "portion" of the inheritance of ...


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I am sorry to say it, but we don't know why GOD chose to wrestle Jacob. Maybe Jacob needed to wrestle GOD, maybe it was a dream, symbolic of all humanity, the Scriptures leave the event open to a lot of interpretation. But that is completely due to Genesis not giving us a reason for GOD wrestling Jacob, I know this may not be the answer you were looking ...


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The Bible lists out the sons of Jacob (also known as Israel) in the following verses. These children of Jacob also became the twelve tribes of Israel. 22b Jacob had twelve sons: 23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. 24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25 The sons of ...


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In entire bible, there are factors that changes the "default" man's lifespan: Exodus 20:12 KJV Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Deuteronomy 25:15 KJV But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be ...


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I believe it is important to note, when looking at the records of the generations of Shem (son of Noah) who was born before the mention of 120 years, (maximum human life span). Shem lived for 600 years. Thereafter, the lifespan of his descendants declined, throughout the generations. Maybe what God was saying was that, the lifespan of a human would gradually ...


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From looking at the situation that Jacob was currently in gives me a better understanding of it. Jacob had an issue with running away from his mistakes instead of confronting them head on, his mom taught him that by the way. This ultimately took a toll on Jacob's life. God decided it was time for Jacob to become a man. He actually starts forcing Jacob to ...


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I try to answer with my Scripture reading. May this answer help The answer for number one: First we have to know that Jacob seems knew that he was not good at all. We can see in the previous chapters before, Jacob get everything by tricking. Tricking his brother (Esau) and tricking his uncle (Laban). For the reason why GOD Choose to wrestle with Jacob,This ...


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Mainly it appears to be a right to a double share in the inheritance. That is, if a couple had two sons, the first inherited 2/3 of the property and the second inherited 1/3. I've read some discussions that he also had additional responsibilities which made this fair. Side note: Modern Bible teachers routinely talk about how sneaky and dishonest Jacob was ...


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When Esau lost his birthright, he lost a greater ownership of his father's property, as well as the position of leader of the family (thinking of family as a whole tribe of people). Jacob may have prized the birthright out of greed, but it's worth mentioning that God spoke to Rebekah in Genesis 25:22-23 and told her that the younger of her sons would rule ...


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The maps of the tribes of Israel contain a lot of guesswork. The tribe of Asher is one of them. No one is even sure whether Asher had a continuous territory.


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Atheists routinely ridicule the Bible on this one. But nowhere does the Bible say that putting striped sticks in the water physically caused the animals to have striped and spotted off-spring. In many miracles in the Bible, God required people to go through some token action. Moses was instructed to hold his staff over the Red Sea before God parted the ...


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Esau was a physical man, not a spiritual one. In Genesis alone you will see Edom's (Esau's) nature as a primarily fleshly person -- not spiritual. Symbolically, he was... He was born with a reddish color, very hairy, and had a beastly disposition. As Jesus would later say, "Don't throw your pearls before swine..." and "do not throw what is holy to ...


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Jacob to Israel The name Israel (Yisra'el) is commonly translated as "Wrestled with God", but it can also mean "Champion (or Prince) of God", "Striver with (or against) God", "Ruler (or Prince) over God", "God Prevails", "God Rules", "God will Rule", or possibly "God Who Will Rule". There are two quite different traditions in Genesis that set out to explain ...


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We can see the change of name in the New Testament too: Jesus changed the names of his apostles. I think that the clue of to the meaning of the name change can be found in Eph. 4:24 "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." This means that Christians are called to become new men by God. The old man is ...


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I am six months late answering this, but this same question, particularly, the "elaborate ruse", have been nagging me a long time; and this was the reason for me googling the topic, again, and this time stumbling to this site. For if I imagined myself in Joseph's shoes, it seems only natural and human to declare who you are to your brothers the moment you ...


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I think all of your points are at play, except possibly he was not seeking to punish them, but to sift their motives bringing them into desperate sates in order to fully recognize their past sins and God's mercy in sparing them. Imagine a more ordinary story and you can see how natural Joseph's actions are. Imagine your Father was a cop and his father cops. ...


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It's worth mentioning that inheritance included father's blessing. Orthodox professor of theology Lopukhin thinks that those blessings had mystical meaning - the son being blessed becomes continuator of testament between God and Abraham, takes ability to "speak" with God and so on. Also i like Jakob's blessing of Joseph, it's so poetic.


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Even though a good answer was given by David, I would like to make some points: As have been said, Jacob was not good at all, but he believed in God. We can take that as a allegory in many levels: A sinner who recognizes his miserable situation and begs for God to change his or her life. A believer that fights in prayer and not quit until get an answer. ...



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