Friday, December 17, 2010

Genesis 28:1-5 Isaac Sends Jacob to Paddan Aram

Isaac calls Jacob, blesses him and commands him to go to Paddan Aram:  "...Do not marry a Canaanite woman.  Go at once to Padddan Aram, to the house of your mother's father Bethuel.  Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother." (Genesis 28:1-2 NIV)

The blessing which Isaac gives to Jacob is as follows:

"May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful
 and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.
May he give  you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, 
so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien,
the land God gave to Abraham."
(Genesis 28:3 NIV)

So Jacob was sent on his way by Isaac, and he obeyed his father by going to Paddan Aram, to Laban, his mother's brother.  Let me just put that genealogy in visual format:

     |                \
Laban,              Rebekah
     |                           |    
sons & daughters     Jacob & Esau (twins)

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