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Jacob

Jacob, chief of sinners!
 
Romans 9:23 "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated"

Many people believe that the love of God is conditioned by what we do or our Salvation depends on our actions, but lets see the life of a child of God and see when it was that God loved Jacob.

Jacob = "heel holder" or "supplanter"
To supplant:1) take the place of (another), as through force, scheming or the like. 
2) to replace (one thing ) by something else.

Genesis 25:21-38 "21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she [was] barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If [it be] so, why [am] I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger.24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, [there were] twins in her womb.25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac [was] threescore years old when she bare them.27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob [was] a plain man, dwelling in tents.28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of [his] venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he [was] faint:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red [pottage]; for I [am] faint: therefore was his name called Edom.31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.32 And Esau said, Behold, I [am] at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised [his] birthright"

To know more about Jacob read Genesis chapter 27 and 28.
 Genesis 28:10-17 "10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put [them for] his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I [am] the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.15 And, behold, I [am] with thee, and will keep thee in all [places] whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done [that] which I have spoken to thee of.16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew [it] not.17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful [is] this place! this [is] none other but the house of God, and this [is] the gate of heaven"

Listen to verse 15 " behold, I [am] with thee, and will keep thee in all whither thou goest" This is God Almighty speaking to Jacob, a sinner. Most religious people would condemn Jacob and believe he is not a child of God; some teach that the way Jacob dealt with his father Isaac was not God's will; but what it is written in the word of God is His will.
 
Psalm 37:23-24 "23 The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth his hand"

Isaiah 55:8-9 "8 For my thoughts, not your thoughts, neither your ways my ways, saith the LORD.9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts"

Isaiah 45:4-7 "4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.5 I [am] the LORD, and none else, no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:6 That they know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that none beside me. I [am] the LORD, and none else.7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these"

Jacob's wives
Read Genesis 29:15 to genesis 30:26. Jacob had two wives and two concubines. Was this lawful? It is God's plan! 
 
What I see is that Jacob is a chief of sinners. A commandment is given unto man very early after creation and is found in Genesis 2:21-25 "21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed" Listen to verse 24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh"
 
Matthew 19:3-5 "3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?"
 
This is a commandment given to man: "to cleave unto his wife" one wife, not two or more.

Cleave = to cling, stick, stay close, cleave, keep close, stick to, stick with, follow closely, join to, overtake, catch.

What I see is that I am just like Jacob (I do not have four women) I saw myself in Jacob when God called him a worm. Isaiah 41:14 "Fear not, thou worm Jacob, [and] ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel"
 
What is inside a worm? Yes, it is full of dung. God's chosen people are worms, we do not have anything good before the Almighty God. It is just when I see myself in Christ that I am a beloved before my Heavenly Father.

But, when was it that God loved His people in Christ?  Romans 9:10-13 "10 And not only; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, by our father Isaac;11 (For being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated"

He loved me before I was born, I was found in Christ in eternity past! He chose me to Salvation from before the foundation of the world. False teachers have tried to teach me that I have to do physical works to have or show Salvation, that is spiritual oppression.
 
Philippians 3:8-9 "8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them dung, that I win Christ,9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith"
 
I hope you do not condemn Jacob, but see yourself in him as a chief of sinners in need of God's grace and mercy.
 
Mark 2:14-17 "14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance"
 
 1 Timothy 1:15 "This a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief"
 
Isaiah 48:20-22 "20  Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.21 And they thirsted not; he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.22 no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked"
 
Jeremiah 31:7 "For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel" 
 
Psalm 47:4 "He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah"  
 
Are you a chief of sinners?

                                PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!