Sunday, July 18, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 33 Jacob Travels to find a Wife

 God’s Timeline – Part 33

Jacob Travels to find a Wife

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION (2021 A.D. = 5781 Jewish Calendar Year)


-         Creation Week (Approximately 4000 B.C.)

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall


-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World


-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood 2400 – 2300 B.C.)

o   God’s Covenant with Noah


-         Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons

-         Tower of Babel

-         God calls Abram (2112 B.C.)

o   Abram and Lot part ways

o   Rescue of Lot

-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born (2101 B.C.) Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

-         The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom

-         Birth of Isaac (2088 B.C. Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham (2070-2068 B.C. Isaac 18-20 years old)

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old (2051 B.C. Abraham is 136)

o   A Wife for Isaac (2048 B.C. Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah)

-         Jacob and Esau are born (2028 B.C. Isaac was 60 Abraham 159)

o   Abraham dies at 175 (2012 B.C. Isaac was 82)

-         Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

-         Esau marries two Hittites at 40 (1988 B.C.)




Genesis 26:34-35

“When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.”




a.      Why Esau should not have married Hittites

                                     i.      Everyone knew at this time that the Hittites were from the line of Heth

                                  ii.      Heth was the son of Canaan (Canaanites)

                               iii.      Canaan was the son of Ham


b.     Why was it bad to marry a son of Ham?

                                     i.      Because the promise of the Lord to Abraham was to bring about the Savior through his line, but that line HAD to be the lineage of Shem!

                                  ii.      The lineage of Shem (Ham’s brother) was to bring about Christ’s coming, and ONLY that lineage!


1.      Genesis 9:25 “…blessed be the Lord God of Shem and Canaan shall be his servant.”

2.      David would later defeat them and they would become the servants of Israel

3.      In Genesis 9:25-26 we read that Canaan (Canaanites & Hittites) were cursed because of Ham and his behavior with Noah after they left the Arc.

4.      So, there were two reasons you were not to marry a Canaanite, first, they were cursed by God, and second, Christ the Savior would come through the lineage of Shem ONLY!


c.      This was NOT a secret

                                     i.      Everyone would have known that God told Isaac NOT to marry a Canaanite

                                  ii.      Everyone would have known that Canaanites were cursed by God

                               iii.      Everyone knew the promise of God given to Abraham was to be fruitful and build a nation that would bring about Christ’s coming through the lineage of Shem

                                iv.      Therefore, the intentional marriage of someone outside the lineage of Shem was a purposeful act at breaking the lineage of the coming of Christ. In other words, disobedience.

                                   v.      And this is why Genesis 26:34-35 say that Esau’s marriage to the two Hittite (Canaanite) women were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah




a.      Because of this, Esau held a grudge

                                     i.      Genesis 27:41 tells us that Esau was waiting for his father Isaac to die and then he would kill his brother Jacob

                                  ii.      Someone had overheard this (he probably spoke of it often) and told Rebekah

                               iii.      So, she decided to send Jacob away hoping Esau would forget his anger (Genesis 27:44)


b.     Rebekah gets Isaac to send Jacob away for her

                                     i.      In Genesis 27:46 we read Rebekah tells Isaac that she is “disgusted” with living because of the Hittite women

1.      As of now, only Esau has married, and it’s to two Hittites

2.      Therefore, any children he may have would not be of the lineage of Shem

3.      So there is no hope in the promise of God that was given to Abraham of being fulfilled

                                  ii.      Rebekah says to Isaac, “If Jacob too takes a Hittite wife, my life will not be worth living.”


c.      The seriousness of the matter at hand

                                     i.      The statement is true for all of us!

                                  ii.      If the lineage of Shem was broken here, there would be no Christ!

                               iii.      Without Christ, life itself is not worth living




a.      Remember, the warning from Abraham

                                     i.      Genesis 24:3 “Do not let Isaac marry a Canaanite”

                                  ii.      Ham (Noah’s son) was cursed by God (Genesis 9:25-26)

1.      Canaan was Ham’s son (Canaanites)

2.      Heth was Canaan’s son (Hittites)

3.      Psalm 105:23; 78:51; 1 Chronicles 4:40 refer to Egypt as the land of Ham


b.     Isaac remembers what his father Abraham said

                                     i.      In Genesis 28 Isaac called Jacob and “commanded him”, “do not marry a Canaanite woman. Go to your mother’s father Bethuel (Jacob’s Grandfather) and take a daughter of Laban (Jacob’s uncle)


c.      Isaac then passes the promise of God to Abraham, then to Isaac on to Jacob

                                     i.      The promise was first given to Abraham

                                  ii.      Then passed on to Isaac

                               iii.      Now Isaac passes it on to Jacob

                                iv.      Genesis 28:3-4 “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase in numbers until you become a community of peoples. May He give you and your descendants the ‘blessing given to Abraham’”.





So, the plan of God to bring Christ the savior to us through the lineage of Shem is continuing through Jacob!  Jacob leaves to find a good wife, and fulfill his calling.


However, we read in Genesis 28:6-9


“Now 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,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 8 Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; 9 so 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.”


Esau was a little slow at putting things together apparently. He now realized that Canaanite women were very displeasing to his parents Isaac and Rebekah.


So, he went to his uncle Ishmael and married Ishmael’s daughter Mahalath.


The problem here, as we all know, Ishmael and his descendants were no closer to acceptance by God than the daughters of Canaan.


Ishmael was rejected by the Holy Spirit and had been thrust out of the family of Abraham.


This portrays the believer who doesn’t understand the true path of Faith and Trust (beyond simply believing) and tries to build his case on a “work of the flesh” will fail.


Without the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we always resort back to the flesh.


Esau taking the daughter of Ishmael would no more please his parents Isaac and Rebekah than if he had married a third Canaanite woman.



Next week we will learn about Jacob’s Dream at Bethel during his travel



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