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Nine years ago this past April, my son Jacob was born. It’s hard to believe that it’s actually been that long. As a young boy (somewhere around 2 or 3), Jacob developed a strong affinity for two things: horses and dogs. Along with that, Jacob is a talker. I don’t mean that in any sort of bad way, Jacob has just always been talkative. Whether it was yelling at people who wouldn’t talk to him in the grocery store when he was 8 months old, or making new friends with the people in the booth next to us at a restaurant when he was 18 months, or inviting our waitress at Bob Evans to come to our house for Christmas morning when he was four, Jacob has always liked to talk. My reply when people tell me that Jacob talks a lot is always that he started talking when he was eight months old, and he hasn’t stopped yet. As a proud Dad, most of the time I like hearing him talk (most of the time:)). One of my great joys in life is listening to him to talk to other people about God.
So, what you might ask does talking have to do with horses and dogs? Well, for roughly seven years now, I have listened to Jacob talk about how much he loves them both. His obsession with horses was pretty easy to take care of. Our house has a couple of acres of land, but we don’t have the facilities to have a horse, and Jacob accepted that pretty early in life. So, every summer, he heads off to horse camp to renew his love for horses and riding and to get his “horse fix.” Even when all his little friends decided that riding horses was for girls, he still held out and explained to them all about the cowboys and how he plans to move to Texas when he gets older and be a cowboy himself. Like I said, horses were easy.
But, dogs, those infernal dogs kept coming up. Every Christmas – every birthday – every time someone walked by outside with a furry canine, I heard about dogs. I don’t dislike dogs. I actually quite like them. I tell people that, “I like dogs – other people’s dogs – a lot!” But, I also enjoyed the fact that, at the moment, we were blissfully pet free. No messes to clean up, no food to buy, no odd noises in the middle night – well at least none of the four legged variety. I have a wife, four kids, a ministry, a job and a pretty busy life. I struggle to find quiet time as it is, and the last thing I need to throw into that mix is a dog. I’ve never actually owned a dog either, and I wasn’t entirely sure that I ever wanted to. We grew up with cats, and I had a number of cats as an adult. Cats are easy. Give them a bowl of food, and let them think they own the place, and you’re pretty well set. Other than changing the litter box once a week and feeding them, cats are pretty much self-sufficient. Dogs on the other hand, oy-vey!Read More
In the last three weeks, we have looked at Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham through Isaac through Jacob. Unlike his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham, Jacob had many more sons – 12 to be exact. You might know them as the twelve tribes of Israel (Jacob was renamed Israel by God). They were (in order of birth):
Indeed, roughly the last half of the book of Genesis deals primarily with the story of Joseph (think coat of many colors!). However, the Old Testament is clear that the promises of a blessing to the world and a coming Messiah would be fulfilled through the line of Judah. In blessing his sons at the end of his life, Israel offers the following blessing to Judah:Read More
Thus far, we have looked at the Old Testament prophecies detailing that the Messiah would come from the lineage of Abraham, and more specifically through his son Isaac. Like Abraham, Isaac had two sons, and the Bible does not leave us guessing which son would be the ancestor of the Messiah.
Rebekah bore twins to Isaac – Esau (the older twin) and Jacob (the younger twin). After Jacob conspired with his mother to trick Isaac into giving him the blessing meant for Esau, Jacob fled from his home and the anger of his brother. On his way, he had a dream which is recounted for us in Genesis 28:
Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. [Genesis 28:10-14]
Like he had for Jacob’s grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac, God appeared to Jacob to make it clear that it was through him that his promises to Abraham and Isaac to bless the world through their offspring would be fulfilled.
In the book of Numbers, another prophecy makes it clear that the Messiah would come from the line of Jacob:
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. [Numbers 24:17]