Genesis 28:20 “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and raiment to put on”
Genesis 28:21 “So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:”
The term “Doubting Thomas” was actually coined out from the encounter of Jesus with Thomas, one of his (Jesus’) disciples that doubted his resurrection. He insisted on seeing Jesus and touching the wounds before believing.
Jesus eventually appeared to him but he still went ahead to touch the wounds before believing it was actually him (Jesus). Hence, he earned the name Doubting Thomas, which had since become an English word.
The dictionary even defined a Doubting Thomas as somebody insisting on proof. Somebody who doubts something, especially until given proof.
Thomas decided to add doubt to his name but he is not alone in this, many “believers” today are. In our today’s focal scripture, Jacob demonstrated a very high level of the “Doubting Thomas” syndrome. When I read his statement again I cannot but wonder if he was listening when God spoke to him.
He countered everything God told him with his unbelief. His first statement to God was filled with doubt and distrust. Hear him; “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying “IF” God will be with me (Genesis 28:20).
To understand fully the point I’m trying to make, let’s listen to what God told him; “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee…” (Genesis 28:15).
The Lord God Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the earth told Jacob that He will be with him and keep him, but he responded by saying “if” God will be with him! That was a very critical case of doubt.
Not only that, Jacob made other statements that countered everything God had told him. I took a critical look at all his “ifs” and discovered he raised doubts on each of the promises God made to him, how sad.
To be continued…
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