Yet we learn from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that individuality in itself is not sacred. There is hope in Jacob’s transformation. It is true that God is merciful and that, at the end of his life, Jacob received the blessings of God. Today is the right time to learn the lessons from his life. Laban thought he would reap a great profit by receiving from Jacob the great majority of the flock. As we examine the life of some of the great characters of the Bible, we find much to learn; from their failures as well as their faith. “Then the shepherds move the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water all the sheep and goats.” 9 Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd. Laban had called a feast (Hebrew mishteh, from the root shātâ, "to drink"), a drinking banquet. What can we tell from the way Jacob struck this deal with Laban? Instead, he pledged another seven years to marry the woman he was already promised. The bible described Jacob as a “mild man, dwelling in tents” (Genesis 25:27). Genesis 31 New King James Version (NKJV) Jacob Flees from Laban. His compassions fail not. Then and now cannot be fairly compared, but I think if we should focus on just having a sliver of the patience of Jacob. This has forced Jacob to serve Laban for 14 years. The Amazing Meaning of Romans 8:28 No One is Talking About! He was also a schemer, one who happily toyed with the … Before too long he had 13 children (12 boys and 1 girl)! Jacob has planted the bad seed that will later yield a bitter and unpleasant crop. After thinking about Esau, my sympathy for Jacob wained, and I feel like he got a taste of his own medicine. We are told plainly that Esau approached his brother, Jacob, and Jacob plainly tells Esau what he wants from him – the birthright. There he found out what it is like to be tricked. Through deceit and trickery, Jacob acquired not only the birthright of Esau but also his blessing. We must recognize that we are completely dependent on Him. We could see that Jacob later repented and had a converted heart. I would therefore suggest that what we have so quickly called deception was the fulfillment of God’s spoken word. One of the most compelling aspects of the Bible is how God is constantly working through imperfect people to do unbelievable things. He worked seven years, and then was tricked into a not only a second wife but seven more years of work. However, He did not wait upon the LORD to fulfill this prophecy, but he took it upon himself and dealt deceitfully. To become a good example, parents must first develop their own character. In addition to this, Laban had taken advantage of him because of his weak position. Therefore, it should behoove us to really do our best to be counted worthy to be part of God’s Kingdom. We have seen the descendants of Jacob as the recipient of abundant physical blessings this world has never seen before. First, let us consider Jacob's boss (Laban). Before Jacob realizes what has happened, he is married to Leah but still loves Rachel. The Bible said that a “Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day” (Genesis 32:24). Jacob & Laban (Genesis 29-31) Introduction: 1. To further test Jacob, Jesus “touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him” (verse 26). This is truly a strange relationship where Laban calls most of the shots, and Jacob is along for the ride…or so I thought. But Rebekah helped Jacob, the younger son, to get the blessing. It is true that following God and keeping His commandments are never easy. We are not given the details of all these wage changes, however we are given enough background to know that every time Jacob seemed to be getting the better end of the deal, Laban would change the rules. Back then, wages had to do with cattle. So keep going. As we can see, Jacob does not let Laban’s removal of the unusually colored sheep and goats (30:29–36) keep him down. These are just some of the instances that Jacob’s earlier actions led to bitter consequences. The culture is vastly different, but you'll quickly learn that the people and their problems haven't changed much. So what’s there to learn from Jacob’s life? Rachel is herding his flocks which would normally be done by the sons. Laban recognizes that all that he has is due to Jacob’s work, so he asks Jacob to stay. He had learned to rely on God instead of relying on his own abilities. Jacob escaped to his uncle Laban’s place. Tell the Story: Last week we learned how Jacob married Rachel and Leah, and his family was growing. Jacob vowed that he will make God his God if God will keep him and give him bread and clothing. Thanks for the good insights into the life of Jacob. This plan has already been laid out even before the foundation of the world. Sometimes that means physical protection from harm (like Jacob and Laban) and sometimes it’s spiritual protection from Satan. A deceptive young man who stole both Esau’s birthright (, Fled home at the urging of his mother because Esau threatened him. In addition to this, Jacob was also deceived by his own children when they faked the death of their brother, Joseph. Jacob responded, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” This is where Jacob finally obtain God’s blessings. The flocks were watered from this well, which had a large stone over the opening. Jun 30, 2018 - Explore Courtney Finkbeiner's board "Jacob and Laban" on Pinterest. (Genesis 29:23-27). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Later, we will also read the prayer of Jacob when he was about to meet his brother Esau: “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant” (Genesis 32:10). Did Jacob do him wrong? Just like Jacob, God will humble us and make us realize that we are NOTHING apart from Him. He knows that it is only God who will be able to give him genuine blessings. The relationship spans more than 20 years and is a soap opera of sorts. His host had power over him and was dishonest and manipulative. After another six years, Jacob finally decided to leave the house of Laban and he has this to say: “Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. Thus, it is imperative for us to become humble and see how insignificant we are without the grace and love of God. Photo Credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/geralt-9301/. 2 Suddenly he came upon a well out in the fields with three flocks of sheep lying around it. 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At this point in time, Jacob now recognizes that he can’t continue on relying on his own ability and wit to acquire blessings. Remember that Jacob was well into his seventies when he left home and he will be in his nine-ties when he returns. That’s the plain truth: we will become future spiritual beings who will be part of the family of God. This fatal error has led to the growing rivalry between Esau and Jacob. I spent a lot of time thinking about Jacob because he is such a different person than we see beginning in Genesis 25. Jacob will herd and care for Laban’s sheep and goats. Jacob had served Laban 14 years. God needs to humble you before He can use you. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. God performed his justice on Jacob for his deception. Apparently, motley-coloured and black animals were rare in Laban’s flock. Genesis 31:27 : Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? However, this must not discourage us, but rather inspire us. Laban agrees but then deceives Jacob by giving him Leah instead. (Genesis 31:38) He does not want Jacob to go; however, he comes to realize that he cannot keep Jacob with him. He clearly could have called Laban on his deception with Leah and walked away, but he didn’t. Have the kids practice making a sheep sound!) 2 Jacob was "both in drink and in the dark," concluded Jewish historian Josephus. Romans 15:4. Jacob would even later make a vow to God. 2 Suddenly he came upon a well out in the fields with three flocks of sheep lying around it. The brothers of Joseph eventually sold him to the Midianite traders (Genesis 37:28). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. If we forget this important truth, we might draw false conclusions from today’s passage. 1 Jacob continued on his way and went toward the land of the East. Finally, they made a covenant with one another, and Laban returned home, and Jacob … This was a young man who could have gone anywhere and done anything. Thus, he readily agrees to give Jacob these animals in exchange for more service (30:29–34). 3:22-23). This should serve as a lesson to all of us. Because he is without wealth, he pledges seven years of labor to Laban to secure Rachel’s hand in marriage. I’ll start by giving you a little background on Jacob and Laban. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Isaac and Rebekah wanted to protect Jacob, so they told him: ‘Go and stay with your mother’s brother, Laban, until Esau calms down.’ Jacob listened to his parents’ advice and ran for his life. God has already determined that Jacob will rise higher than his elder brother, Esau (Genesis 25:23). He was the brother of Rebekah, who married Isaac and bore Jacob. We must learn from Laban that passion must fuel what we do. Unfortunately Laban deceived him into marrying her sister, Leah, and Jacob had to work seven more years to marry his first love. Learn how your comment data is processed. Rachel’s actions lead us to believe she also bears some of those same qualities, almost certainly learnt from her father. 31 Now Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, “Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has acquired all this wealth.” 2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before. We can see later that Jacob was also “blinded” by the darkness of his wedding night. Jacob is the man popularly known as the man who wrestled with God. We can see from these verses that God has a plan for Jacob. Uncle Laban could not stand it when Jacob increased. Patience pays. He even sees God as someone whom he can use to become physically blessed. In every turn of event, little by little, Jacob has eventually humbled himself down in the mighty hand of God. What are the best lessons we can learn from Jonah? It was a killer deal he couldn’t refuse. I don’t select the ads displayed here but generated by advertising software. Jacob Arrives at Laban's Home. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the grandson of Abraham, whom God promised to make a father of many nations.Jacob had a twin brother, Esau, who was the first-born, but Jacob grabbed him by the heel during their birth. Jacob escaped to his uncle Laban’s place. Christians are also subject to the law of cause and effect. He said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Change ). In Laban’s mind, Jacob has made a silly deal and he is going to come out richer than ever. The story of Jacob shows us how children tend to repeat the errors of their parents. So, he commits another seven years of work for Laban in order to marry Rachel, as well. Especially, we learn about God's grace. He is not entitled to God’s mercy just because he has started in following Him. Great points, Joshua. There are a lot of challenges and obstacles. Apparently, motley-coloured and black animals were rare in Laban’s flock. Jacob is a man like any of us. No matter who you are, God has a plan for you. Crime doesn’t pay, folks. This statement’s purpose is not to demean Jacob’s personality, but rather it shows us that Jacob was a more refined and civilized man compared to Esau who was a “skillful hunter, a man of the field” (same verse). Jacob and Laban's Arrangement – 30:24-43. It is good to be tolerance as well and also to sacrifice to achieve in life. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Laban’s son became angry of Jacob’s success and wealth. He had no resources. 2. Though he had lived for thousands of years ago, the lessons from Jacob’s life are as valid today as it was during his time. There is love, deception, intrigue and enough family drama to fill in the cracks. When Esau found out, he was very angry and he planned to kill his twin brother. There is no doubt that his life can have many similarities in our modern Christian walk. Because of this, Rachel and Leah, who are supposed to be sisters, are now in competition for the love of Jacob. Over the course of time, Laban has not fairly dealt with Jacob. Over the course of time, Laban has not fairly dealt with Jacob. Jacob was clearly deceived by Laban. God could have made everything so much easier on Jacob by just saying to him, “Jacob, go down to Egypt.” God led Abraham down to Egypt, and He could have just as easily done the same with Jacob. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This is the ultimate plan that God has for each of us. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you” (Genesis 28:13-14). Of all the lessons we learn from Jacob’s life, this last one is the greatest. We know that something is worth it when it is difficult. it helps to pay the bills and keeps this website running. He worked for her father, Laban, for seven years to obtain Rachel’s hand in marriage, but then Laban substituted his older daughter, Leah, for Rachel at the wedding ceremony. When Laban discovered that Jacob had secretly fled with his family, Laban pursued them. So in pain and tear, Jacob wrestled with God (Hosea 12:3-4). Have the kids think of some ways that God has protected them. (, Had a spiritual awakening through a dream in Bethel which turned his life around. At the urging of his mother, Jacob goes to his uncle’s home in Paddan Aram to find a wife. Sow evil, and you will reap evil. Genesis 31 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Jacob Separates from Laban. You see Jacob was a shepherd, a person who takes care of sheep. We live in an instant society. 1 Jacob continued on his way and went toward the land of the East. In every turn of event, little by little, Jacob has eventually humbled himself down in the mighty hand of God. I tried to picture myself in that time as each one of the characters. I am shocked that he didn’t just walk away. At first, Laban tricked Jacob by giving Leah as his wife, instead of Rachel. The flocks were watered from this well, which had a large stone over the opening. Jacob is more interested in taking care of the family business. Laban thought he would reap a great profit by receiving from Jacob the great majority of the flock. He said in Genesis 28:20-21: “IF God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God.”. Then, I will outline their relationship and what I learned from it. Jacob means supplanter and God changed his name to Israel, meaning, the prince that prevails with God. He was on the run and could not go home. Let’s examine a few lessons from the lives of Jacob and Laban. ( Log Out /  I AM JOSHUA and I’m on a mission to help fellow Christians build a closer and more intimate relationship with God. Not only was his family growing, but so were his flocks of sheep. He therefore said to him: “You shall not serve me for nothing because you are my relative. I Corinthians 15:52-54 tells us that we will become immortal beings and we will be exactly like Jesus Christ when He returns here on earth (I John 3:2). Laban catches wind that Jacob’s household has left his land and pursues them. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. By this point in time, Jacob has work for Laban for 20 years, and Laban has prospered greatly from the connection. It was a killer deal he couldn’t refuse. He bought his brother’s birthright for a bowl of soup and later deceived his father to acquire his brother’s blessings. As a matter of fact, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). In two weeks time, he has married Leah, married Rachel, and committed seven more years of his life. God has a plan for you. Using the "law of first mention" we learn that Laban was a covetous man who cared more for the temporal than the eternal (Gen 24.29-31). As payment, he will take only the spotted, speckled and striped livestock. ( Log Out /  Clearly, the Lord is with Jacob and Laban cannot fight that. They are the English-speaking nations and the Jewish state known as Israel. Never ever commit the mistake of believing that you will be able to cheat the law of cause and effect. Arriving at his uncle Laban’s home in Haran, Jacob fell in love with his cousin Rachel. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night” (Genesis 31:41-42). Jacob's Strange Deal (Genesis 30:25-43) Verse 25 of chapter 30 begins a peculiar story that very few seem to understand. Thank you for your patience and continued support! Untrustworthy and deceptive (seen throughout the story). Perhaps such a student cannot learn from the teachers whom we revere, but he can learn and ironically it may be Laban’s lessons that can get him back “on the derech”. For this reason, parents must recognize the importance of their good example. Finally, when the day was dawning, Jesus Christ said to Jacob to let Him go. Jacob does not return the birthright or the blessing. How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic? God or Jesus Christ wanted to know how bad Jacob wants the blessing. Today, the promise of God is fulfilled through the modern-day descendants of Jacob. This statement is an evidence of Jacob’s dramatic character development. Basically, Esau was stripped of everything that was important to him. In the last article we'd learned, that Jacob had proposed a counter-offer, when it came to Laban's latest job proposal. The road to Eternal life is not an easy path to take. The number of livestock set aside for Jacob far outweighs the number going to Laban through God’s blessing. God created human beings because He is reproducing Himself! We have seen that Jacob’s parents, Isaac and Rebekah, had their own favorites. But instead, God put the squeeze on Jacob. There are many lessons that we can learn from studying the life of Jacob in the book of Genesis. Now he wished to depart and return to his father in Canaan. Even after this, Jacob did not learn the lesson and still chose his youngest son to Rachel, Benjamin, as his new favorite child. Parents possess the great power to mold their children’s future. Jacob had a hard life—twenty years serving Laban. Jacob attributed the success of his life to God and he considers God as the judge between him and Laban. Apprehending this truth will preserve us from worrying, murmuring and complaining, and will breed increasing confidence in God. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. “Jacob and Laban” Genesis 29-31 We are going to cover the next three chapters of Genesis (29-31) together for they are the record of Jacob’s twenty long years that he spent away from the land of Canaan. When Laban planned to deceive Jacob into marrying Leah instead of Rachel, the Midrash recounts that both Jacob and Rachel suspected that Laban would pull such a trick; Laban was known as the "Aramean" (deceiver), and changed Jacob's wages ten times during his employ (Genesis 31:7). Laban’s flock would have consisted mainly of pure white sheep and solidly colored goats; few black lambs or speckled goats would be present. We have seen in the life of Jacob how this law of operates. ( Log Out /  Jacob's interaction with Laban provides plenty of down-to-earth lessons for those believers who endure difficulties in the working world of nine-to-five (and oftentimes longer!). (Genesis 31:12). (. 3 Whenever all the flocks came together there, the shepherds would roll the stone back and water them. . Laban, very much satisfied with his nephew’s excellent service, and aware of the blessing that his nephew’s arrival seemed to have brought to his house, wanted to make sure that he would not lose him too soon. With the help of his mother, he is conniving and deceptive and basically steals everything of value from his brother Esau. God needs to humble you before He can use you. Jacob fell immediately in love with Laban’s youngest daughter, Rachel, and worked seven years to marry her. Jacob and Laban’s Relationship While reading my chronological Bible study, I was struck by the relationship between Jacob and Laban.It is a fairly lengthy relationship that takes up more than four chapters of Genesis, so I felt it was worthy of a little more study. The problem with that is it means Jacob will have to face Esau. Galatians 6:7 tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” This is applicable to everyone and Jacob is no exception. Use this power according to God’s will and purpose. See more ideas about bible crafts, bible coloring pages, bible for kids. 4. I’m glad my blogs can help you in this way. What can we tell from the way Jacob struck this deal with Laban? If you haven't read the Old Testament much, you'll be pleased to find that God can speak to you here -- loud and clear. We learn from Jacob’s life that sometimes God wants things to transpire the hard way. This shows the character of Jacob. The facts of showing partiality with anyone, family included, can lead to serious events in people’s lives. Looking at his early life, it is very easy to hate him for being an opportunist, conspirator, manipulative, and liar. Now, that is dedication. Instead, he alters his breeding techniques in hopes of yielding his wages. They wanted to see how far the perseverance of Jacob will take him and see his limit. God blesses Jacob despite Jacob’s strange attempts to increase the spotted, speckled, and striped livestock. I believe there is a lesson to learn here. Throughout the early life of Jacob, we have seen how Jacob relied on himself to obtain physical blessings. Join me now as we explore God’s word and discover what it takes to become a true Christian! As cunning as Jacob was, he met his match in the person of Laban, his mother’s brother. Finally, God directs Jacob to return to the land of his father. Obviously, the answer is many. One of the things that Jacob learned in his 20 years with Laban was to trust God with his whole life. In Galatians 6:7, we learn the lesson of reaping and sowing. Remember that Isaac was “old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see” (Genesis 27:1). Jacob Arrives at Laban's Home. (Genesis 30:31-33) Laban is ecstatic and thinks he just hit the lottery because the spotted, speckled, and striped livestock are very uncommon. (Genesis 29:16-20), After fulfilling his promise to Laban by working seven years, Jacob asks that the agreement be fulfilled. 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