Monday, February 24, 2020
Success On “The Way,” Ask Dr. Jeanette: “The Peeper” Part 1 “Who’s peeping through the peephole!!!??”
By Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D.
Published July 12, 2018

Dr. Jeanette Parker 

Who can peep into what is happening around us? Who’s at fault? Why are these things happening? What’s going on? Is there something I am not understanding, missing or can I learn? As we entertain these questions, stay with me. I want to take you on a journey. Today, consider yourself “a sojourner”. One dwelling in a temporary abode, a stranger in a foreign land. Who is this? Please allow yourself to go with me on this historical journey which dates back to about 1921-1491BC. This period captures when “the promise” made to Abraham and confirmed through his son, Isaac and grandson, Jacob [the Patriarchs]. Let’s consider together this ancient, factual account about Biblical patriarchs. This may help to reveal what is happening and how to respond. It is not exhaustive [not enough time or space to explain every detail.] More particularly, let’s look at Jacob (Israel) and Joseph, the son of his favored wife [Rachel]. Jacob had twelve sons. Benjamin was the youngest. There are pivotal biblical verses (many). But here a few: Genesis 49:7 and Genesis 45:3-8. Jacob meets the Pharaoh. He enters his royal court and blesses him [shows honor to the Pharaoh.] Pharaoh: “How old are you?” [Genesis 47:9: Jacob has just arrived from a long, but happy journey from Canaan.] He and his sons are driven from the land of Canaan because of famine. Joseph had interpreted Pharaoh’s dream which predicted the 7 year famine; now in its second year, the family arrives at Egypt. Jacob responds, “My pilgrimage is one hundred and thirty years [130]. They have been few and hard as compared to the pilgrimage of my father [Isaac, 180 years and grandfather] Abraham [175 years and great grandfather, Terah 205 years].” In the backdrop, Jacob might be rehearsing memories of his life. He responded with heart wrenching perspective, emotional response. What might he have been thinking? *Perhaps some of his past: His parents, Rebekah and Isaac had twins [Jacob and Esau]; a difficult pregnancy. They wrestled in her womb. Jacob, his mother’s favorite, worked more around the house. Esau, father’s (Isaac) favorite, a hunter. Esau profaned his birthright [inherited privileges], sells it [commercialized it] to Jacob spuriously for stew! *Esau accused Jacob of stealing it. Realizing what a fool he was and couldn’t face himself, he blamed it on Jacob. What he didn’t know was that his mother, Rebekah, mediates the plan [like grandmother Sarah did]! Esau was furious, threatens to kill Jacob; but his parents sent him far away to Uncle Laban, who is also tricky. *Over a 20 year period, Jacob spends his life somewhat enslaved under tricky Laban. He steals away his wives and children after a series of deceitful acts…[Part 2 coming].

Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D. Founder/Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter School: author“Will You Marry Me? Inquiring Minds Want To Know” copyright all rights reserved. [references: Jewish Study Bible, Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible

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