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Jesu, Juva


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Jacob, Supplanter was his name
Uprooting other kingdoms until he alone remained
Just like Jesus the greater king to come
All His foes will fall until He is the only one

— Jamie Soles, Supplanter (listen)

What are some ways in which Jesus fulfills and expands Jacob’s type?

Like Jacob, Jesus was promised a great inheritance (Psalm 2:8). Unlike Esau, the interlopers of this world were too savvy to sell the stolen inheritance for a pittance (Matthew 4:8), and required actual blood for their appeasement rather than “red stuff” (Matthew 2:16-18). To secure his inheritance, Jesus pulls off the greatest righteous deception in all of history. Herod (the Edomite), Caesar, Caiaphas and Satan all believe that they have secured their coup by killing the son (Luke 2:9-18). But Jesus’s death is the very means by which he receives his inheritance and begins to execute judgment on his enemies.

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

— Psalm 2:10-12

Written by Scott Moonen

February 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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  1. Actually, Isaiah required a blood sacrifice for his appeasement (Gen. 27:3-4,9-10,14-17), and so did Esau for a time (Gen. 27:41).

    James Jordan suggests that “replacement” is a better translation for the sense of Jacob’s name that is often taken as “supplanter” or “cheat.” Over and over again Genesis establishes a typology whereby the latter son (Jesus) replaces, and is in many cases the salvation of, the former son (Adam). However, I also appreciate Jamie Soles’ redeeming the word “supplanter.”

    It is also interesting that Jacob’s name is associated with “heel,” whereas the seed is destined to crush heads (Gen. 3:15). Perhaps this transition is part of his maturing, or perhaps it is part of his replacing the firstborn son. Perhaps both.

    Scott Moonen

    February 4, 2013 at 7:07 am

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