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 THE GREAT PRETENDER (Lessons from the life of Jacob)

[size=small]THE GREAT PRETENDER[/size]
[i][size=x-small]Lessons From The Life of Jacob (Part 1)[/size][/i]
[size=xx-small]Robert Wurtz II[/size]

(Genesis 27:19) And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

Contained within this verse is one of the longest standing deceptions in the human race and especially the Saints; that one might pretend to be someone they are not that they might obtain the blessings of God and men. Men believe that if they admit who they [i]really are[/i] there can be no blessing for them. So they hearken to the age old deception that denial and deception are the road to blessing and favor. When Jacob was asked who he was his answer is most telling; "Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn."

Isaac was old and well stricken in age. He could no longer rightly discern his sons when faced with a slight bit of trickery. Jacob obtained the birthright and blessing from men through opportunity and deception; but what about the blessing of God? Men, as Jacob, look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. Indeed gaining the blessing of Jacob would prove a lite thing when compared with the prospect of a blessing from Jehovah.

The first question we have to ask ourselves is simple; "who am I"? The second question is like unto the first; "who am I pretending to be?"

Robert Wurtz II

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