Theology Thursday: Jacob's Fraud Pays Off

Colossians verse-by-verse study by Bob Enyart* Why Jacob's Fraud Paid Off: Crime doesn't pay, except for Isaac's second son. Why? Jacob does all he can to deceive his father and steal his brother's birthright. And rather than getting punished, he is rewarded with the messianic blessing. "The pattern of sibling swaps that pastor Enyart reveals is one of the most important themes of Genesis, though it tends to lie hidden in plain view," says Darrell Birkey, BEL producer and all-around good guy. This startling story is one part of Bob's verse-by-verse Genesis: Abraham & Isaac series. You'll LOVE IT, guaranteed, or your money back! For God pivots the plot of the entire Bible around events in Abraham's life. So in this Bible Study series, Bob Enyart shows that without a clear understanding of Abraham, the believer cannot even "rightly divide the Word of truth" between circumcision and faith, nor works (Gen. 17) and grace (Gen. 15).

* Sibling Swaps: Bob writes about the "sibling swaps" of Genesis in the first chapter of his unfinished manuscript titled, The Script. If you call the studio at 1-800-8Enyart you might be able to talk a BEL staffer into mailing you a print out or emailing a PDF of this unfinished (though astounding) resource!

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