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All Eyes on Israel
Chapter 1 - What is Your Name?
Page 7 - Deceiver
(Go Back to Page 6 - The Supplanter)

A deceiver is one who practices deception, falsehood, lies and Jacob certainly did this to accomplish His goals. In doing that, He was following Satan, the first liar and the father of lies:

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44)

Satan spoke the first lie on earth:

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:" (Gen 3:4)

Even most of the Christian world still believes that lie. Satan will continue his deceptions until the end.

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Rev 12:9)
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." (Rev 13:14)

When we practice falsehood in any form, we are revealing a characteristic of Satan. It seems there is some of the character of Jacob (or the devil) in every one of us.

However, we can be overcomers - we can be renamed Israel. We are all, by nature, Jacobs but the good news is that we can all become Israel and God wants us to. We just need to realize our own need; our helplessness so we can make the right choice; to turn to God for the blessing of forgiveness and all the other blessings He is eager to give.  

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