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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

JESUS Is The ONLY GATE Of Heaven




Genesis 28:1-22 NIV










1So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 2Go at once to Paddan Aram,a 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. 3May GOD ALMIGHTY Bless you and Make you fruitful and Increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4May HE Give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land GOD Gave To Abraham.” 5Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.


6Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” 7and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 8Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; 9so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.








Jacob’s Dream at Bethel





10Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 






11When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.






12He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to Heaven, and the angels of GOD were ascending and descending on it. 







13There above it Stood The LORD, and HE Said:



“I AM The LORD, The GOD of your father Abraham and The GOD of Isaac. I Will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15I AM With you and Will Watch over you wherever you go, and I Will Bring you back to this land. I Will Not Leave you Until I Have Done What I Have Promised you.”






16When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely The LORD Is in this place, and I was not aware of It.” 


17He was afraid and said,


“How awesome is this place!



This Is None Other Than The House of GOD; This Is 

The Gate of Heaven.”


18Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19He called that place Bethel,e though the city used to be called Luz.








20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, 


“If GOD Will Be with me and Will Watch over me on this journey I am taking and Will Give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21so that I return safely to my father’s household, then The LORDf Will Be my GOD 22and this stone that I have set up as a pillar Will Be GOD’S House, and of all that YOU Give me I Will Give YOU a tenth.









Many Nations Serve YOU (=JESUS) And Peoples Bow Down To YOU (=JESUS)




Genesis 27:1-46 NIV










1When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”


“Here I am,” he answered.


2Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”






5Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the Presence of The LORD before I die.’ 8Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”


11Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin.12What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”


13His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”


14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.


18He went to his father and said, “My father.”


“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”


19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”


20Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”


“The LORD your GOD Gave me success,” he replied.


21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”






22Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 


24“Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.


“I am,” he replied.


25Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”


Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”


27So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,


“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that The LORD Has Blessed.

28May GOD Give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine.








29 May nations serve YOU
and peoples bow down to YOU.
Be LORD over YOUR brothers,
and may the sons of YOUR mother bow down to YOU.
May those who curse YOU be cursed
and those who bless YOU be blessed.






30After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”


32His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”


“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.”


33Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!


34When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”


35But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”


36Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacoba ? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”


37Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”


38Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.


39His father Isaac answered him,


“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew of heaven above.

40You will live by the sword
and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.”



41Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”


42When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”


46Then Rebekah said to Isaac,


“I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”










JEHOVAH Promises Isaac, "Through Your OFFSPRING (=JESUS) All Nations On Earth Will Be Blessed"




Genesis 26:1-35 NIV








Isaac and Abimelek








1Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 







2The LORD Appeared To Isaac and Said, 



“Do not go down to Egypt; Live in the land Where I Tell 

you to live. 3Stay in this land for a while, and I Will Be 

With you and Will Bless you. For to you and your 

descendants I Will Give all these lands and Will 

Confirm the oath I Swore to your father Abraham. 


4I Will Make your descendants as numerous as the stars 


in the sky and Will Give them all these lands, and 

Through your OFFSPRING all nations on earth will be 

blessed, 


5Because Abraham obeyed ME and did everything I 


Required of him, keeping MY Commands, MDecrees 

and MInstructions.” 



6So Isaac stayed in Gerar.


7When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”






8When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 







9So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”






Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”


10Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”


11So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”


12Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because The LORD Blessed him. 13The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 


15So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.






16Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”


17So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.


19Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now The LORD Has Given us room and we will flourish in the land.”







23From there he went up to Beersheba. 



24That night The LORD Appeared To him and Said,



“I AM The GOD of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I AM With you; I Will Bless you and Will Increase the number of your descendants for the sake of MY servant Abraham.”






25Isaac built an altar there and called On The NAME of The LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.


26Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 







27Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”


28They answered, “We saw clearly that The LORD Was With you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by The LORD.”


30Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.


32That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33He called it Shibah,f and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.












Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing






34When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 


35They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.