Bible Stories told by Norman Vincent Peale by Norman Vincent Peale

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But the blessing, once given, could not be retracted. Rebekah's plot had succeeded. Now Jacob, not Esau, would be the spiritual leader of Abraham's descendants. 58 In his rage, Esau vowed to kill his brother. When she heard of this, Rebekah decided to send Jacob to her brother, Laban, far to the north in Mesopotamia. Jacob could stay there until Esau's rage had cooled. Jacob, terrified of his brother, agreed to go. Rebekah thought that her favorite son would soon return, but she was wrong, and this was the penalty that she paid for her deceit.

God gave Cain that chance, and he took it. So can we. the fantastic voyage In the early days of the world, according to the Bible, men lived to almost incredible ages. Perhaps their diets were more nutritious than ours are today. Perhaps they had fewer emotional strains and stresses to endure. Perhaps they were given longer life in order to populate the vast empty spaces around them. In any case, we're told that they lived for hundreds of years. Adam himself, the first man, was nine hundred and thirty years old when he died.

He did have the promise of the Lord that Ishmael would survive somehow, but still he must have felt he had done a harsh and cruel thing. And what of Sarah? Did her sense of triumph fade away, leaving her with a guilty conscience? No mother can really wish the death of another woman's child. Perhaps in time she was able to put the Egyptian woman and the child out of her mind. But I doubt that Abraham ever did. Meanwhile, in the desert, Hagar sat in total despair, convinced that nothing could save her.

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