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Monday, January 11, 2010

Lessons from Laban


If you are new to this blog, we are reading through the Bible this year.  The last few posts, including this one, are regarding that day's readings.


Genesis 30:25 thru Genesis 31:55

Wow did we have a roller coaster ride this weekend. 

So much happened over Saturday and Sunday...

*Esau sold his birthright because he was hungry.  Man our stomachs can get us into trouble can't they?

*Isaac lies about Rebekah being his sister.  Like father, like son.

*Jacob deceives his own father and steals Esau's blessings. There was so much regarding that one.  I'll just say one thing on this and move on.  Abraham made a decision based on what he felt instead of what his head was telling him.  If something in your life 'feels' wrong, most likely it is wrong. 

Moving on.

*After Isaac blesses Jacob instead of Esau, Jacob flees for his life. 

*He goes to his Uncle Laban's where he works for him for the next 20 years.  There he marries Labans two daughters, Leah and Rachel and has many children.  And all the complexities that go along with marrying two sisters... well there just isn't enough space on this computer screen to go there.

So... (taking a breath) we land on today's reading. 

Poor Jacob.  He had worked so hard building another man's wealth.  He is soooooo ready to get out on his own.  It was just time for him to move on.

Have you ever been there?  Have you ever had to make a tough decision to leave comfort and security? 

You see, it was all good for Jacob for a while, but things started to shift.  Laban's sons were grumbling about Jacob and even Jacob could sense Laban's attitude toward him changing (Genesis 31:1-2).

So Jacob packs everyone up and sneaks away.  When Laban discovers this he pursues him.

God stepped in though and warns Laban to not harm Jacob. And we see them make a treaty to live in peace.  Laban made a wise decision, wouldn't you agree?

We can learn from Laban.

Lesson: We need to live in peace with our family, friends and enemies to the best of our ability. 

But there are those times you will just have to leave it all behind, draw a line, walk away and move on.  That can be tough.  But if you remain where you are not suppose to be, that can be tougher. 

Could it be that God is using this difficulty to move you out and into greater blessings?

Yes, you may lose some things in the process, but you will gain so much more. 

And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great!  Job 8:7

I remember in my twenties going through my first real conflict with a group of people.  My dear mother-in-law gave me this scripture and I have tried my best to live by it ever since.

Do all you can to live in peace with everyone.  Romans 12:18

Although to this day they have not wanted to make amends, it's ok.  I did what I could to make the wrong right.

And that is all we are told to do.  

But oh how much sweeter life is when we can agree to disagree and love one another in spite of our faults and failures.

Not to mention, the world gets to see a glimpse of Jesus when we truly love one another on that level. 

And that, my friends, is what we are called to do.

Love God.

Love People.

and Serve Others.



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2 comments:

Barbara said...

I am enjoying the posts and even though I am not doing the actual study with you...it is great to follow along. Hope things are going well!!

Pat Johns said...

I can't get away from Rebekah showing partiality between her sons.....all our children have different personalities and need to be nurtured according to those individual differences...by favoring Jacob and helping deceive his father she paid dearly for it....in Gen.27:43-45 what she thought would be a few days of not seeing her son turned into 20 years....she never saw him again....I think she lost both her sons that day....I'm sure Esau lost respect for her because of what she did and she didn't have his love either....I know there was a prophcy that the elder would serve the younger but believe me God doesn't need any help in fulfilling HIs word....