February 13, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 30:25-43

The book of Genesis can be summed up in one word: “trickery”.

As you flip through the pages of the Bible’s preamble, you continually find stories of swindling and dishonesty. Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, and more . . . they all experienced it. Some were the swindlers, some were the swindlees (Serah made up that word). Many suffered real pain by these mischievous people.

The second half of Genesis 30 exposes the sinful heart of Laban. Jacob is ready to leave and start his own life with HIS family. The birth of his son Joseph impresses upon Jacob’s heart that it is time to move on. Laban agrees to let Jacob go. After all, Jacob made him rich and it’s time to repay the favor, right? Nope.

Laban, choosing to be a double-dealer, schemes to prevent his son-in-law from pursuing his own goals. Since Laban’s success was due to God’s blessing on Jacob, he tried to force Jacob to continue working for him. But with God’s help, Jacob was always one step ahead of Laban.

Jacob ends up living a full life; his son Joseph becomes one of the most important men in biblical history, and another son, Judah, is in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Laban may have thought his trickery was a great idea at first, but he lost in the end.

This story in Genesis 30 points right back to the one in Genesis 3 where Adam and Eve are in the garden of Eden, enjoying their lives and the beauty of God’s majesty.

Enter The Swindler.

His name is Satan, and he will do anything it takes to ruin God’s creation. He tricks Adam and Eve and they fall prey to sin. The damage is done and it seems like the devil’s victory. But is it?

“He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15b

The greatest trickster of all time cannot prevail over the God of the universe. When Christ suffered and died, he crushed Satan’s head through the cross and resurrection.

Genesis is actually better summed up in these 8 words: “the beautiful unfolding of the story of redemption”.

Food For Thought
1) Don’t swindle a swindler — it rarely works out well in the end.
2) Integrity matters; its absence led to Laban’s downfall.
3) Rejoice in Christ! The greatest of Satan’s schemes couldn’t keep him from saving us.

By: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “February 13, 2016”

  1. Great commentary this morning, Todd. “The beautiful unfolding of the story of redemption”–what a great description of Genesis. Thankful this morning that we have been redeemed.

  2. Tim Elmore calls it The Calcutta Paradox, where humility is an attractive quality in a leader. And so I stop to highlight that a sack of sinful flesh demonstrates a positive Biblical principle for just a moment or so.  

    Jacob places himself in a position where he is completely in God’s hands. How so, one may ask? Laban accepts the offer to give Jacob the seldom-produced and less desirable livestock that are the outcome of day to day care. Jacob’s future payments from Laban would be in livestock not yet born and that livestock from outward appearance would be less valuable.

    Only the Lord could determine what animals would be Jacob’s.  

    Here’s the meat for the soul: 
    “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, …But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place…” (Luke 14:8-10)

    Seeing Jacob demonstrate humility, taking the low road, honoring Laban — who is a lying cheat ( Genesis 31:7)..this makes me want to be a better man of God. This challenges the heart of this dear reader.

    God blesses the humble and blessed Jacob’s plan to multiply his own property. It worked so well that “the feebler would be Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.” (Genesis 30:42)

    Ok, ok…now back to the drama!

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