Jesus and Jacob

I just noticed something for the first time in John 4.

Jesus stops at Jacob's well. Their stories converge. Jacob fled from Esau, who was angry that Jacob got the birthright. Jesus is "fleeing" the leaders in Judea for much the same reason (4:1). But like Jacob, and David too for that matter, Jesus will return to the land He is fleeing and claim God's promises of land and rule. Older brother Esau (or Saul, or Annas/Caiaphas), disobedient to God but jockeying for position and possessions, cannot stop God's promises for His people.

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