Chapter 1

Identifying the Seed, Part 1


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(Heb 12:14-16)  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall [ever: Amplified Bible] see the Lord: Looking diligently [i.e. watching closely] lest any man fail [to fall short (be deficient)] of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby any be defiled [sullied or tainted, contaminated]; Lest there be any fornicator [whoremonger (sexually immoral: NIV)], or profane person [heathenish, wicked (godless: NIV)], as Esau, who for one morsel of meat [food] sold his birthright [sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son: NIV].

1.       The American College Dictionary: root = the source or origin of a thing.

2.       Amplified Bible: “lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you” = in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment.

3.       Strong’s Concordance: bitterness = Gk: acridity (espec. poison), lit. or fig:--bitterness. /// (through the idea of piercing); sharp (pungent), i.e. acrid (lit. or fig.):--bitter.

4.       Strong’s Concordance: springing up = Heb: only used in the implied sense, to germinate or grow (sprout, produce), lit. or fig.:--spring (up).


(Gen 25:20-26)  And Isaac [laughter (mockery)] was forty years old when he took Rebekah [to clog by tying up the fetlock; fettering (by beauty)] to wife, the daughter of Bethuel [destroyed of God] the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban [white] the Syrian. And Isaac entreated [prayed to] the LORD for his wife, because she was barren [unable to bare children: Amp.]: and the LORD was entreated of him [granted his prayer], and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, [The founders of: Amp.] Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels [and the separation of two peoples has begun in your body: Amp.]; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder [Esau] shall serve the younger [Jacob]. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment [covering]; and they called his name Esau [rough (i.e. strong physical connotations)]. And after that came his brother out, and his hand [power] took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob [heel-catcher (supplanter)]: and Isaac was threescore [60] years old when she bare them.

1.       Strong’s Concordance: Esau = Heb: Esau, an Edomite /// in the orig. sense of handling; rough (i.e. sensibly felt); Esau, a son of Isaac, including his posterity.

2.       Strong’s Concordance: Jacob = Heb: heel-catcher (i.e. supplanter).

3.       The American College Dictionary: supplanter = 1. to displace of supersede, as one thing does another. 2. to take the place of another, as in office or favor, through scheming, strategy, or the like.

4.       Strong’s Concordance: struggled together = to crack in pieces, lit. or fig.:--break, bruise, crush, discourage, oppress, struggle together.

5.       Commentary: “two nations… two manner of people” = the natural man and the spiritual man. Unsaved Esau, and Jacob who became saved Israel (Heb: prince with God) once the covering chaff of Esau was entirely separated (prophetically Gen 32:28; in fact Gen 35:10). Esau or Edom is a biblical symbol of “the flesh.”

6.       Commentary: “twins in her womb” = a type of schizophrenia. Jerusalem (symbol of the church) in Hebrew means “dual”; natural man and spiritual man – “struggling” within us.  


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