Genesis 27-28, John 11
I see a huge juxtaposition between the relationship between Jacob and God and Lazarus and Jesus. Jacob is in this for himself. He wants the birthrights and the blessings. Even though the chapter does not discuss Lazarus’ direct relationship with Jesus, he is described as Jesus’ friend (11:3). Lazarus dies to give Jesus glory. He does not beg to be kept alive (even though his sisters seem that way). Jesus in return for the sacrifice resurrects Lazarus. There is a difference between giving glory to yourself through God and giving the glory to God and then experiencing God’s blessings.
16Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” 19He called the name of that place Bethel;
51Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 52and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
Two revelations to men from God: Jacob about Bethel-an important spot in the Bible
Caiaphas -The significance of Jesus’ death to many
Nothing is impossible for God!
Jesus wept. It’s so simple, but hits my heart every time. Even though Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead, he still weeps outside the tomb. It shows me how much love Jesus has in him for all of us.
I hate the story is Jacob and Esau… Jacob and Rebecca are so devious…
We always think of Jacob as this righteous, God following man.. but he was so devious at the beginning. I wanted him to stand up to his mom and say, “No I am not taking it away from Esau”
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