Daily Devotional: Genesis 27:46-28:7

Jacob was sent away for two reasons: (1) His brother’s violent hatred (27:42) and (2) in order to find a wife from among his own kinsmen. In the narrative, the Canaanites typify the children of the serpent (cf. Genesis 3:14-15), which is why such division and enmity prevailed between the Hebrews and Canaanites. The Canaanites were the cursed people (cf. Genesis 15). The Hebrews made it a point to marry their children off to other hebrews to typify the holiness of the kingdom of heaven and purity of God. This was not an issue of “race” but of honoring God as holy. Through marriage of this kind, we receive an earthly picture of the unity present in the kingdom of heaven. Some wrongly take the narrative to mean that we are currently restricted from interracial marriages. We are not. Instead of reading the narrative as if it were primarily about us, we read it to know God more. He is holy and pure, and He calls a singular people to Himself from among the nations. There is only one holy and pure kingdom under heaven—it’s not a kingdom of skin color, ethnicity, or borders as defined by human reasoning.

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