“As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?”
The name Jacob means supplanter or one who tries to trip up or over throw.
He deceived Isaac into thinking he was Esau in order to steal the birthright.
“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.”
Jacob gave in to the foolishness of his flesh as he followed his mother’s suggestion to deceive his father. Because of that moment of weakness, Jacob’s character will forever include that he lived up to the meaning of his name.
“It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.”
Later, the deceiver became the deceived. His uncle Laban deceived Jacob after he had worked for seven years for Rachel, he was given Leah for his wife.
“And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?”
The sport of deception will always come back to where it began.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.“
If we choose to deceive we will one day be deceived, for we are sure to reap what we have sown.
1 Kings 7-8 | 2 Corinthians 1 | Proverbs 30
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