February 12, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 30:1-24

Family drama isn’t anything foreign for many of us. Parents, siblings, & in-laws oh my! Some level of drama is present in all of our families, and it is a common theme through scripture. Jacob’s family arguably had what we might consider dysfunction; by verse 24 he has 4 wives and 12 children. Rachel and Leah both, during a time when they could not have children, gave Jacob their servants as wives, similar to the story of Abraham and Sarah.  Though it is incredibly strange to us today to think about a wife having a servant, and for her to give that servant as another wife to her own husband, it was actually a part of their ancient Near Eastern culture. Children born to the substitute, or second wife, were regarded as belonging to the main, or first, wife. In this way, the family line was reserved.

The lineage of Jacob will soon be incredibly important. His family will become the first nation that God promised to his grandfather, Abraham. Soon Jacob will receive a new name, Israel, and his 12 sons will become a mighty nation.  It’s clear why the Bible spends so much time on Jacob’s children compared to other lineages. This is an integral part of the entire narrative of scripture. In fulfillment of His promise to Abraham, God is multiplying Abraham’s offspring. Though it seems like chaos and dysfunction to us, God is at work in the mess. Remember, just a few chapters prior, this is the same Jacob who stole the blessing of his father Isaac from his brother. God often uses unlikely heroes to advance His plans and to bring Him glory. God was at work in the mess of Rachel’s barrenness and Leah’s jealousy; He was using them for His plan.

Today, be encouraged that God is able to work through messy situations. God often uses circumstances which we never planned for in the most impactful ways. No matter what it is you are facing this week, God is sovereign over it and in control of it. He heard the prayers of Leah and Rachel, and He is listening for yours today.

By: Alex Boswell

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Lexington & Richmond KY

6 thoughts on “February 12, 2016”

  1. “What a mess. Is God really involved here?” That’s pretty much what I was thinking as I read this passage. So thanks, Alex for your great commentary! It’s a good reminder that while we humans make a mess out of life, God is busy redeeming those situations to move his plan forward. I have heard it said that usually God works in spite of us, rather than because of us!

  2. Wretched drama, I should say! Foul creature, Jacob, when will you receive a new name?! A new identity? A heart for God and not for your clever self?

    Can’t you see that the stealing, conniving, cheating bigamy is founded on less than nothing? A crumbling work of sandy destruction. Has your encounter with God been completely forgotten? How often will wealth be credited as God’s favor when it is really a testament of His grace?

    Netflix should make a mini-series on you, Jacob. We could call it From Ghetto To Grace.

  3. Well said Alex B. God is indeed able to work through messy situations. And since all of us are “messy situations”, steeped in sin, I am grateful for a merciful God.

  4. I like your commentary, bro. We’re all messy. God knows it and loves to redeem the mess. Often I pray, “God, just make use of me despite this mess.” He always does to my amazement.

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