Originally Posted by duxrow
And yet Jacob is referred to as an "Old Man."
Ge 43:27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
Ge 44:20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
I believe Jacob is the ego of a person who is seeking after God. This person because he is seeking after God (Seek and ye shall find) does have breakthroughs in understanding. These breakthroughs are gifts from God it is Israel. The significance of the name change.
Ge 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
Ge 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.
Esau is the carnal/natural man, more concerned with filling his belly than anything. Jacob is seeking God but still is looking at things from a mental level. Israel is a further awakening.
Harry Potter,.. "Is this all happening in my head, or is it real?"
Professor Dumbledor,.. "Of course it's all happening in your head. What makes you think that means it isn't real?"