All Eyes on Israel
Chapter 1 - What is Your Name?
Page 6 - Supplanter
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The Heel Grabber)
Supplanter is defined in the dictionary as:
- take the place of; displace or set aside.
- take the place of by unfair methods or by treacherous means.
- remove from its position; get rid of; oust
Another verse describing the actions and character of Jacob is:
"And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?" (Gen 27:36)
While grabbing the heel might be the first stage, ultimately, to replace or take the place of another is the final goal. It has been Satan's goal since he first sinned:
"... take up this proverb against the king of Babylon ... How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isa 14:4, 12-1
It is interesting that this section is introduced in verse 1 with a reference to Jacob:
"For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob." (Isa 14:1)
Satan has tried to supplant Christ. Remember, he tried to get Jesus to worship him after His temptation in the wilderness. That is Satan's goal but we are told in Ezekiel what his fate will be as a result of His attempt to take the place of God:
"... say unto the prince of Tyrus, ... Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, ... thou set thine heart as the heart of God: ... Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; ... Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. ... therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. ... and never shalt thou be any more." (Eze 28:2, 13, 15, 18, 19)
Satan's final fate is a fatal wound - "... it shall bruise thy [Satan's] head" (Gen 3:15)
That is the fate of those who set aside God's authority. Do we set aside God's authority and put our own in its place? Are we trying to supplant God when we choose our own ways?