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