Do Not Steal

When you think of stealing, you think of it in different levels. Taking a candy bar without paying for it seems of little concern for you. Yet the store it was stolen from paid for the merchandise and is now at a lost. A person may start with something as minor as this, and gradually they take more and more thinking that they are not hurting anyone. It is not like they are holding a gun to anyone’s head,right? Well that is until they do. Someone robs a store, a bank, car jacking,  or a home robbery just to name a few instances. Is this all a person can steal though?

Jacob stole a blessing from his brother Esau. No he didn’t sneak into his tent when his brother was not home and steal it like a thief in the night. He took the blessing in the light of day. Then how could this be considered stealing? Let us look at the definition of stealing and the story of Jacob.

steal verb \ˈstēl\ – Simple Definition of steal

  • : to take (something that does not belong to you) in a way that is wrong or illegal

  • : to take (something that you are not supposed to have) without asking for permission

  • : to wrongly take and use (another person’s idea, words, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
  1. intransitive verb 1:  to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice 2:  to come or go secretly, unobtrusively, gradually, or unexpectedly 3:  to steal or attempt to steal a base
  2. transitive verb 1a :  to take or appropriate without right or leave and with intent to keep or make use of wrongfully <stole a car>b :  to take away by force or unjust means <they’ve stolen our liberty>c :  to take surreptitiously or without permission <steal a kiss>d :  to appropriate to oneself or beyond one’s proper share :  make oneself the focus of<steal the show>  2a :  to move, convey, or introduce secretly :  smuggleb :  to accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner <steal a visit> 3a :  to seize, gain, or win by trickery, skill, or daring <a basketball player adept at stealing the ball> <stole the election>b of a base runner :  to reach (a base) safely solely by running and usually catching the opposing team off guard
 steal a march on – :  to gain an advantage on unobserved

steal one’s thunder – :  to grab attention from another especially by anticipating an idea, plan, or presentation;also :  to claim credit for another’s idea

 

Jacob and Esau

Read Genesis 25:19-34

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+25%3A19-34&version=ESV

Read Genesis 27

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+27&version=NLT

Meaning of the name Jacob and it’s history

From the Latin Iacobus, which was from the Greek Ιακωβος (Iakobos), which was from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya’aqov). In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) is the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau‘s heel, and his name is explained as meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Other theories claim that it is in fact derived from a hypothetical name like יַעֲקֹבְאֵל (Ya’aqov’el) meaning “may God protect”.

http://www.behindthename.com/name/jacob

one who follows on another’s heels; supplanter, ( Genesis 25:26 ; 27:36 ; Hosea 12:2-4 ), the second born of the twin sons of Isaac by Rebekah. He was born probably at Lahai-roi, when his father was fifty-nine and Abraham one hundred and fifty-nine years old. Like his father, he was of a quiet and gentle disposition, and when he grew up followed the life of a shepherd, while his brother Esau became an enterprising hunter. His dealing with Esau, however, showed much mean selfishness and cunning ( Genesis 25:29-34 ).

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/jacob/

supplant – 1:  to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery 2a (1) obsolete :  uproot (2) :  to eradicate and supply a substitute for <efforts to supplant the vernacular>b :  to take the place of and serve as a substitute for especially by reason of superior excellence or power

 

Question for thought; Did Jacob actually steal from his brother, or did Esau give it to him?

Looks like Jacob had a bad start in life. Even inside f the womb he fought with his brother. His brother was first and he came in second. His father favored Esau and Rebekah favored him. He used his brothers hunger and exhaustion to his own favor and bought Esau’s birthright for a bowl of stew.  If someone gave you a bowl of soup for all you had would you not say that you got ripped off? Of course you would. Then there are those who would say you were a fool and got what you deserved. That topic can be discussed at a later time. I would like to stay on the topic of stealing. Rebekah was the one who came up with the plan to deceive Isaac so that he would give him the blessing he was to give Esau. Jacob new this was wrong but he took what was not his. You know the rest of the story.Esau wants to kill his brother so Jacob has to flee.If had done what was right he would not have had to runaway. So my answer is yes he did steal.

(A blessing could be given regardless of birthright. However, a greater blessing was given to the one who held the birthright. After Jacob’s deception, Esau complained that “he took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” (Genesis 27:36). Esau begged his father for some type of blessing to be given to him, and he did receive a secondary, inferior blessing (verses 38-40).

http://www.gotquestions.org/blessing-birthright.html

The Bible is clear about stealing.

Exodus 20:15 – “You shall not steal.
Ephesians 4:28 – He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Leviticus 19:11 – ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Psalm 62:10 – Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
Mark 10:19 – “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'”
Luke 18:20 – “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'”
Romans 2:21 – you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?

So we can steal more than a candy bar, more than money, cars, and any other worldly possession, We can steal blessings and joy. We need to be careful that we do not do this to another, even ones who hurt and wrong us. We cannot take that which is not ours from anyone.

John 10:10 (NKJV)  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Be on guard at all times. Take every thought captive. Keep your tongue bridled and your actions in check. Be careful to do no harm. Then always remember what Jesus said,”If you love Me, keep my commands.”

 

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