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JACOB HAVE I LOVED: Short Messages on the life Of Jacob (by Neville Holmes)

Foreword

What authority do I have to write a book containing short messages on the life of Jacob?

I was called by God to serve Him in the lands of the Bible and after six years of study I arrived with my wife in those lands. We spent our first year in the land of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where we studied Arabic at the George Kelsie school of Arabic to help those called by God to serve in the Arab world. We were taught verses and songs in Arabic.

Soon we were conversing in Arabic with the locals in Amman Jordan. We came to identify with them. Learning to eat their food, behaving like them according to their culture and learning from them to view the Bible in the culture of that area. A person that does not change in what he values in life, is highly respected. Haafiz attaqaliid: Meaning he preserves the customs and values of his ancestors. So when we read the Old Covenant in the book of Genesis we were able to understand the behaviour of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

This booklet will attempt to view the life of Jacob not through Western eyes but through that culture. Many in the Western world have spoken or written harshly about Jacob and condemned him for his behaviour. I personally believe that they misjudge him according to their foreign culture.  God said, ”Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated.” As we view the life of Jacob we will understand why God said that.

This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. "How can I be saved?" deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16 verse 30) Paul and Silas responded, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16 verse 31).

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