Is Jacob treacherous? Of course I don’t mean treacherous in the narrow mountain trail with no guard-rail kind of way. I mean, is Jacob full of treachery?
I honestly don’t know how to answer that question. He certainly knew how to be a schemer, and he certainly understood how to get what he desired. Although he was not immune to being played, as Laban makes plain with the whole Leah/Rachael thing. The story of Jacob’s life is the story of the consequences that come from making decisions. If ever you know someone who has made a shambles of their life through their decisions, then Jacob’s story is the story to tell them. The 20 years or so that Jacob spends in Laban’s household is a time of refining and growing for Jacob. It is through this time that God establishes Jacob as a strong family, gives him sons and daughters, gives him wealth, flocks and herds. More importantly, God uses those 20 years to make Jacob into a man who listens to and obeys God.
We all make unwise decisions in our lives. Some of them haunt us for many years, and some of them pass quickly and are forgotten. We would be wise to consider how much difficulty we would possibly avoid if we stopped our own scheming and wait on God’s plans to be accomplished in God’s ways. The funny thing is, Jacob ends up where God needs him to be, married to the right ones to bear him the sons who would become the nation of Israel. AND, on top of that, Jacob learns to listen to God’s promptings in his heart, as Jacob describes in Genesis 30:10 and following.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 32-34