5 Lessons From The Life of Jacob

Jacob is one Bible character who many people have a love-hate relationship with. Many who have read about him have loved his tenacious nature while hating him for his seemingly greedy nature at the same time.

5 Lessons From The Life of Jacob
For what reason then, do we have to study this controversial man? Why do we need to learn from the man who was practically the main character from Genesis 25 to Genesis 50?

1. Jacob held the blessing in high Esteem

Jacob was a trickster but this nature of his only proves his desire to be a blessed man so much so that he could go to any extent to get the blessing. As a believer, we should learn of this character of placing premium honour on the blessing above all else. The Bible in Genesis 25:33-34 says, "And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob." However, as believers, we should never try to get things by trickery because there will definitely be a consequence.

2. He followed the footsteps of Abraham

One thing that made Jacob stand out while following the footsteps of Abraham was his act of emphasising on the importance of naming encounters of the God-kind. In Genesis 28:16-18, we see how Jacob woke from his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. Then 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. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on it.

In these days and times where different Christian programs happen everywhere, most believers have forgotten about the importance of naming encounters. We should realise that spiritual encounters could be slippery and had to be named in order for you to keep remembering. Otherwise, a believer will keep going from program to program without getting a hold on the essence of the encounters he had experienced. Jacob emphasised the importance of this seemingly subtle activity.

3. Jacob was not lazy

Though he had the blessing, he was not a lazy man. He worked and Genesis 30:26 confirms that where he asked Laban to release his wives and children, for whom he had served. He was conscious of the fact that he was a blessed man, yet, he took opportunities to work actively. Today, it's saddening to see some believers claim that they are blessed, yet refusing to take opportunities and work. The truth is that opportunities come dressed in an overall called work and it is what you have that will be breathed upon by God to bloom. So why won't you work?

4. Jacob Remained Conscious of the Blessing

If you have One Hundred Million Naira in your account today, you will walk with the consciousness that you are a rich man. In Genesis 33:9 showed us Esau who was talking to Jacob and said, " I have plenty, my brother; keep what you have for yourself. Jacob, who had the blessing replied in Genesis 33:11 "Accept, I beg of you, my blessing and gift that I have brought to you; for God has dealt graciously with me and I have everything. And he kept urging him and he accepted it."

The blessing can give everything money can buy and all that money cannot buy which equates to everything. Esau solely inherited all of Abraham's wealth since Jacob left home earlier with only a staff, yet, Jacob was able to say "I have everything!" The blessing is able to make you walk in divine health, abundance of wealth, productivity in all you do and honour among men. Jacob enjoyed all of this; we should learn and apply.

5. Jacob Spreads the Blessing

Have you ever wondered why Abraham's descendants were all named after Jacob (Israel) even till date? This was simply because Abraham was in partnership(covenant) with God which was transferred to Isaac, in turn being transferred to Israel because he had the blessing but this partnership was divided into twelve great nations, this partnership was spread solely because of Jacob. Jacob, called by God was able to call other men thereby spreading the blessings.

As a blessed believer today, you're not to hoard the blessing you have attained through Christ, it is your duty to spread it to other men via evangelism. Jacob is your role model to do this. Just imagine if there were twelve men just like you, how wonderful would the world be?

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