Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.” (Genesis 28:1-2)
Having received the blessing, Jacob now begins to begin a journey that will transform him from the one who grabs his brother’s heel to a “prince of God” — Israel. Like his father and unlike his brother, he was not to take a wife from among the daughters of the land lest he be defiled by their gods. To become Israel, he had to consider his decisions in light of the great call that was upon his life.
Likewise, all of God’s people must consider our choices carefully for we all have been called to be His witnesses and ambassadors. The decisions we make today can have great impact — good and bad — upon what we are destined to achieve in this life for the Kingdom of God. Most likely, all of us have already made certain choices that can’t be undone, though we would certainly like to, that may have hindered us to a degree. However, we have the assurance that our God can take our lives, tainted with mistakes though they may be, and transform it into something useful for His purpose. As Paul said:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:28-29)
Each and everyone of us has been given the opportunity, in Messiah, to become what God always intended us to be. Like Jacob, we may have started on the defense and may have made some unwise decisions but because of Yeshua we are being conformed to His image and will become a “prince of God.”
Blessings and Shalom,