Summary: Looking out for number one is not always the best idea. Let God look out for you. He has the best in mind for us if we can only accept that He knows best. Beware of self-deceit.
This could be the slogan of those who persist in following the deceitful lust of the flesh.
Reaping what we Sow, even when it is done in Deceit.
1 Tim. 6:6-8
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
6 Pero gran ganancia es la piedad con contentamiento. (RVG04)
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (KJV)
7 Porque nada hemos traído a este mundo, y sin duda nada podremos sacar. (RVG04)
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. (KJV)
8 Así que, teniendo sustento y abrigo, estemos contentos con esto. (RVG04)
There is little of Jacob (deceiver) in all of us.
From birth, Jacob struggled to best his brother, Esau. He had a hold of his brother's heel as they were being delivered.
COMPETITION---- These brothers were always trying to outdo one another to see who would have the most favor with their parents.
PRETENDER--- A deceiver can hardly stand who he really is; so he will manipulate and lie to come across as someone who he is not.
Jacob pretended to be Esau because he knew that otherwise he would not receive the blessing of the firstborn.
How many people pretend to be rich or famous or skillful or knowledgeable when they are anything but.
UNFULFILLED--- Jacob received the birthright, but then he had to leave before he could enjoy what it was supposed to mean.
We go to great extremes to get things that we desire, only to have them slip through our fingers or never really appreciate them.
UPROOTED (on the run)--- Jacob takes off to flee the wrath of Esau.
Our deceitfulness will keep us from being stable. We will always be living if fear and looking over our shoulder.
Jacob travels far and makes it to Haran. Here he connects with his mother's brother, Laban. Little does he realize at this point that he has found his match. His deceptive tricks will come back to haunt him.
God really does love Jacob, but he is determined to learn some lessons the hard way.
3 Lessons that God teaches Jacob:
1. Humble Submission
2. To Respect the Rights of the Firstborn
Jacob did not even consult God about his desire to have Rachel for his wife.
Jacob fall in love at first sight with Rachel. Her name means