Thanks for being a faithful reader of JumpStart. Remember what has happened so far. Jacob loved Rachel and agreed to work 7 years for her hand in marriage from her father Laban. After he had completed the years of work, Laban tricked him into marrying her sister Leah and asked for another 7 years. God blessed Jacob, but now it’s time to leave but Laban won’t have it.
Not all family members are kind or honest. Laban continued to cheat Jacob changing his wages 10 times! (v.7) I know it hurts and it’s hard to accept but family are people too. Sometimes they don’t treat us like they should.
God blesses honesty. God continued to bless Jacob, who He had called to leave and go back to the land of his fathers (v.3). The more Jacob is honest and obeys God the more livestock he acquires.
Character comes out. Laban not only sold his daughters but he wasted the money he had made from it (v.15-16). Character comes out in all areas of our lives and so does the lack of it!
It runs in the family. Rachel learned well from her dad. She couldn’t help herself; before leaving she steals from her dad (v.19) then lies about it (v.35). What we do in moderation our kids will do in excess.
Liar liar pants on fire. Laban just keeps up the lie. It almost seems like he believes it himself. (v.27)
What a mess!! Families are messy, people are messy. When you read this, it does make you stop and ask “What is worth this?” All this deception and hurt for what? Our families aren’t much different today.
- What’s God working on in your character this week?
- What are some ways in which you act dishonestly?
- How can you show kindness to those around you today?
By: Tim Parsons