Jacob in the Presence of God
Jacob, Bible, Christianity, Biblical Studies
Few prophets in the Old Testament teach us more about covenant making and personal revelation than Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes. Jacob was a son of promise and of the promise. His own father was the meek and obedient Isaac, whose willingness to be offered as a sacrifice in the presence of God forever stands as a similitude of the Atonement of God’s Only Begotten Son (see Genesis 22; Jacob 4:5). Indeed, the Apostle Paul refers to Isaac as Abraham’s “only begotten son” (Hebrews 11:17). As a consequence of obedience, the promises God had established with Abraham were handed down to the patriarch’s posterity—from Abraham to Isaac, from Isaac to Jacob (see Genesis 22:16–18; 26:1–5), and so on.
Original Publication Citation
“Jacob in the Presence of God,” [Revised and Expanded from 1994] in Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament. Edited by Paul Y. Hoskisson (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book Company), pp. 117-132.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Skinner, Andrew C., "Jacob in the Presence of God" (2005). Faculty Publications. 3486.
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