Gilbert House Fellowship #266: Genesis 31-32

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FEEDING THE dead was an integral part of the world in which Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived.

We’ve previously discussed Abraham’s distress at not having an heir to provide for him in the afterlife; this week, we explain why Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, was so upset about losing his teraphim, the small idols that represented dead ancestors who had to be summoned to a meal every month with a necromancy ritual called kispum.

We also discuss Jacob’s separation from Laban, his encounter with angels along the Jabbok River, and his wrestling match with the Angel of God, another manifestation of Christ in the Old Testament.

Here’s the link for the book by Dr. Michael Heiser we mentioned during the program, Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches About the Unseen World – and Why It Matters.


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8 Responses to Gilbert House Fellowship #266: Genesis 31-32

  1. Robin

    Your book,Veneration, really helps to explain why & what a friend of ours is doing regarding her 3 years since deceased daughter- the shrine/urn/talking to “her” although she’s with the Lord,…the mother cannot get past the grief, an overwhelming daily ordeal- she refuses to put the urn in the mausoleum plot, which we feel would help her to move forward- Veneration of the dead: was all new to me. It’s a book that needs chewing on- lot of information. The Gilbert’s have opened up about the gods, elohim, a whole new world to me- a better understanding of the powers at principalities –

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  3. Kent A Sorensen

    Derek, FYI: did you know Doctors are receiving and extra 8,000 dollars if they report a death in a hospital as being a Corona death? No matter what the cause?

    • Are you sure that’s correct? I’ve seen that number paid by Medicare to hospitals if a COVID patient needs a ventilator, but this is the first I’ve heard of a bounty paid to doctors for reporting COVID deaths.

      I’ve also seen statistics showing a spike in reported deaths from all causes, and the increase is not accounted for by the number of reported COVID-19 deaths. That suggests the number of coronavirus deaths may actually be underreported.

  4. Dana Covington

    I love y’all! Yes I am a Southern gal so it just comes out even in script. The information I glean from your teaching is so helpful. Thank you.

  5. Janie Tink

    Jewish tradition states that Rachel stole the teraphim in the event that her father would attempt to consult the teraphim and discover the location of Jacob and the children.

  6. Janie Tink

    I read a commentary that Jacob placed Leah and her children at the front and Rachel and her children at the rear, thus protecting his favorite wife Rachel at any cost, giving her time to escape, if necessary.

  7. Janie Tink

    Still another commentary I read is that the wrestling was life-changing for Jacob, because he was on the run all his life, and now with his hip permanently dislocated, he will never run again, but limp and lean on others and on the Lord.

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